Latest Mountains News

1 hiker killed, 1 injured after avalanche in Swiss Alps

Mar. 24, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss police say one hiker has died and another has been injured following an avalanche high in the Alps in southwest Switzerland. Police in the canton, or region, known as Valais in French and Wallis in German said the two hikers and two others were swept up in the Sunday morning avalanche...

From high atop Kilimanjaro, Haloti Ngata retires

Mar. 18, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

Haloti Ngata found a unique way to announce his retirement from the NFL: from atop Mount Kilimanjaro. The 35-year-old Ngata, who played with the Eagles last season following three years with the Lions, was at his best with Baltimore. He made two All-Pro teams and five Pro Bowls with the Ravens in nine seasons...

Wolves prove resilient, but proposal could curtail expansion

Mar. 14, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A proposal to strip gray wolves of their remaining federal protections could curtail their rapid expansion across vast swaths of the U.S. West and Great Lakes, yet the predators already are proving to be resilient in states where hunting and trapping occur. Thursday's Interior...

'Epic' storm brings blizzards, floods, tornado to mid-US

Mar. 13, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A window-rattling late winter storm brought blizzards, floods and a tornado across more than 25 states Wednesday, stretching from the northern Rocky Mountains to Texas and beyond. "This is a very epic cyclone," said Greg Carbin, chief of forecast operations for the National Oceanic...

Grand Teton National Park pursuing disputed cell-tower build

Mar. 13, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — People who have long been critical of a plan to put more cell towers in Grand Teton National Park are getting the opportunity to officially weigh in on the project. Grand Teton National Park in western Wyoming seeks thoughts from the public on plans for a new network of cell towers...

Alaska musher first to leave checkpoint 77 miles from finish

Mar. 12, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska musher leads the world's most famous sled dog race in the push to the finish. Pete Kaiser, from Bethel, Alaska, was the first musher to leave the checkpoint in White Mountain, at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday. All mushers must take a mandatory eight-hour break at White Mountain...

Avalanche kills 2 climbers on Britain's highest mountain

Mar. 12, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Police in Scotland say an avalanche has killed two people on Britain's highest mountain. Britain's Press Association reported that a group of climbers were on Ben Nevis mountain when the avalanche came down shortly before noon on Tuesday. Police Scotland told the news outlet that besides the...

Italian envoy confirms deaths of 2 climbers in Pakistan

Mar. 9, 2019 3:18 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Two European mountain climbers who went missing on the Pakistani mountain Nanga Parbat, the world's ninth-tallest, were confirmed dead Saturday by Italy's ambassador to Pakistan. Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo tweeted that the search for Italian Daniele Nardi and Briton Tom Ballard ended...

Rain brings 2nd California super bloom in 2 years

Mar. 8, 2019 11:59 AM EST

BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — It started with the desert lilies in December. Since then a wave of wildflower blooms has been crescendoing across Southern California's Anza-Borrego desert in a burst of color so vivid it can be seen from mountain tops thousands of feet above. Two years after steady rains...

Historic avalanche danger causes havoc in Colorado mountains

Mar. 7, 2019 9:56 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Historic avalanche danger caused havoc in the Colorado mountains Thursday, shutting down portions of two highways and prompting a rare warning for drivers to avoid a route leading to some of the state's busiest ski resorts. After another round of heavy snow, at least three major snow slides...