Latest Mountains News

Hard to see, hard to breathe: US West struggles with smoke

Aug. 20, 2018 7:50 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Smoke from wildfires clogged the sky across the U.S. West, blotting out mountains and city skylines from Oregon to Colorado, delaying flights and forcing authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors. As large cities dealt with unhealthy air for a second summer...

Fires prompt sage grouse hunting ban in large part of Nevada

Aug. 20, 2018 6:09 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Destruction of sage grouse habitat by a series of large wildfires has prompted a ban on hunting for the game bird this fall across a stretch of Nevada that is nearly twice as big as the state of Delaware. The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners approved the emergency closure Friday of...

Glacier Park wildfires see mixed weather, stronger winds

Aug. 20, 2018 4:41 PM EDT

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — Monday's weather was a mix of good and bad news for firefighters working in Glacier National Park. Some rain fell in the West Glacier area, offering a brief respite from the smoke, but there wasn't enough precipitation to have much of an effect on a lightning-caused fire burning...

Brief Korean reunions bring tears for separated families

Aug. 20, 2018 11:34 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The 92-year-old South Korean woman wept and stroked the wrinkled cheeks of her 71-year-old North Korean son on Monday, their first meeting since they were driven apart during the turmoil of the 1950-53 Korean War. "How many children do you have? Do you have a son?" Lee Keum-seom...

Hunter suffers minor injuries in Utah mountain lion attack

Aug. 18, 2018 4:51 PM EDT

KAMAS, Utah (AP) — Utah authorities say a bow hunter suffered minor chest and leg injuries when he was attacked by a mountain lion that stalked him and his father before and after the attack. Division of Wildlife Resources spokesman Phil Douglas says the attack happened Saturday in mountains near Kamas,...

Massachusetts man wins Mount Washington bike race

Aug. 18, 2018 3:51 PM EDT

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — A 30-year-old Massachusetts man won Saturday's bicycle race up Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern United States. Barry Miller, of Beverly, Massachusetts, was the top finisher in the Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb up the 7.6-mile ascent to the...

Peak-lovers piqued as Welsh mountain downgraded to hill

Aug. 18, 2018 8:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Welsh mountain Fan y Big has had a comedown. It has been downgraded to a hill. At 2,351 feet (717 meters), the peak in the Brecon Beacons range is tall enough to be classed as a mountain. But new satellite measurements reveal that the drop between it and the next peak falls 5 feet (1.5...

Scientists downgrade alert level for Hawaii volcano

Aug. 17, 2018 11:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Slowing activity at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has prompted scientists on Friday to downgrade their alert level for the mountain. The U.S. Geological Survey issued a "watch" for Kilauea's ground hazards, down from a "warning." But scientists say this doesn't mean the eruption, which has...

Seattle climber dies in fall at Mount Rainier National Park

Aug. 16, 2018 8:02 PM EDT

MOUNT RAINIER, Wash. (AP) — Officials say a 35-year-old climber died while rappelling off a peak in Mount Rainier National Park. The News Tribune in Tacoma reports Stephen Kornbluth of Seattle summited 6,710-foot Dewey Peak with two friends Tuesday after climbing the mountain's west face. Park spokesman...

NTSB report offers little insight into Alaska plane crash

Aug. 16, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska sightseeing airplane was flying toward its home base when it crashed earlier this month on a mountainside in Denali National Park, killing all five people aboard, according to a preliminary report released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The report...