Latest Mountains News

Utah climber dies after climbing up Everest in 7 summit bid

May. 23, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

SANDY, Utah (AP) — A Utah climber with a long-held dream to climb the highest mountains on the planet's seven continents died on top of Mount Everest after reaching his final summit, one of his daughters said. Don Cash, 55, died "at the peak of Mt. Everest accomplishing his dream of summiting the 7...

Illegal killings, political opposition hobble wolf recovery

May. 23, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets. The number of red wolves roaming the forests...

Passes near Mount Rainier to open Thursday

May. 22, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Cayuse and Chinook passes near Mount Rainier will open Thursday in time for Memorial Day weekend. KING-TV reports the Washington State Department of Transportation plans to reopen the roadways Thursday at 8 a.m. after their annual winter closures. When they open, drivers can travel on State...

Sherpa guide climbs Everest 24th time, outdoing own record

May. 21, 2019 12:36 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Sherpa mountaineer extended his record for successful climbs of Mount Everest with his 24th ascent of the world's highest peak on Tuesday. Kami Rita reached the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak Tuesday, which was his second time on the summit in a week. He climbed to the top on May...

Famed Sherpa climber helps Nepal kids reach greater heights

May. 21, 2019 12:14 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Apa Sherpa has stood on top of the world more times than all but one other person. Now he wants to make sure no one feels compelled to follow in his footsteps. As a boy growing up in Nepal, Sherpa dreamed of becoming a doctor, but poverty and lack of education steered him to a far...

Woman stops to check skid marks, finds badly injured man

May. 19, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman likely saved a man's life when she stopped to investigate skid marks on a mountain road and spotted an SUV crashed below, emergency responders said. Laurie Bowers of Happy Camp on Saturday morning stopped to look over a cliff on Grayback Road, a circuitous route in the...

Tribes, environmentalists battle copper mine in Arizona

May. 19, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

SONOITA, Ariz. (AP) — Scenic State Highway 83 gently curves through southeastern Arizona's wine country, past waves of blond grass dotted with orange-tipped ocotillo plants before the dark Santa Rita Mountains loom into view. The Milepost 44 pullout offers a panorama of the range in the Coronado National...

Mount Rainier's Paradise Inn reopens after $25M renovation

May. 18, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — The 79-room annex at Mount Rainier National Park's Paradise Inn has reopened after a $25 million renovation. The annex reopened Friday after a 19-month closure, The News Tribune reported . The building is almost a century old and accounts for more than half of the...

2 Indian mountaineers killed in Nepal, 2 others missing

May. 17, 2019 6:55 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Two mountaineers have died on Nepal's famous Himalayan peaks, while another two climbers were missing, officials said Friday. Indian climber Ravi Thakar, 28, died Thursday while he sleeping in his tent at Mount Everest's highest camp site, according to Thaneswar Guragai of the Seven...

Basque militant ETA chief arrested after 17 years on the run

May. 16, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

SALLANCHES, France (AP) — A longtime chief of the Basque militant separatist group ETA was arrested Thursday in a French Alps town after being on the run for 17 years, Spanish authorities said, proudly announcing the capture of a man accused of crimes against humanity. José Antonio Urruticoetxea...