Latest Mountains News

Priceless seeds, sprouts key to US West's post-fire future

May. 22, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

A New Mexico facility where researchers work to restore forests devastated by fires faced an almost cruelly ironic threat: The largest wildfire burning in the U.S. was fast approaching. Owen Burney and his team knew they had to save what they could. Atop their list was a priceless...

DAVOS DIARY: Train, not plane means scenery, carbon cutting

May. 22, 2022 08:39 AM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — If you’re coming to Davos this year, try to take the train instead of flying, organizers of the World Economic Forum said. So I did. That meant a 12-hour journey from London to the exclusive gathering in the Swiss Alps, which I'm helping...

Skier rescued on Mount Washington amid record heat

May. 22, 2022 08:28 AM EDT

MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. (AP) — The summit of Mount Washington experienced record breaking heat Saturday, but it was still ski season for some elsewhere on the mountain, including a woman who was rescued after a serious fall in a ravine. The woman, an experienced backcountry skier,...

9 more bodies found in Kashmir tunnel collapse, toll at 10

May. 21, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Rescuers on Saturday found the bodies of nine more workers in a collapsed tunnel in Indian-controlled Kashmir, taking the death toll to 10. The tunnel is part of a mountainous highway tunnel system that was under construction in the Himalayan region when it...

Forest fire in northern New Hampshire is nearly contained

May. 20, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — A forest fire in northern New Hampshire that's burned 106 acres is nearly contained, officials said Friday. The Bemis Fire in Crawford Notch State Park, the White Mountain National Forest, and on private land began on May 13. It is in steep, rugged terrain....

Hundreds of Everest climbers begin to return from summit

May. 18, 2022 01:42 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of climbers who scaled Mount Everest over the last few days taking advantage of favorable weather conditions have begun to return safely down the mountain. Among them are climbers who set records on the world's highest peak, including the first...

2 climbers rescued after a crevasse fall on Mount Rainier

May. 17, 2022 08:06 AM EDT

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — Two climbers were rescued by helicopter Friday after one fell into a crevasse the day before on Mount Rainier. The climbers had been in contact with the National Park Service beginning Wednesday evening, when they stopped their summit bid...

Grant to fund improvements at Breaks Interstate Park

May. 17, 2022 04:04 AM EDT

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission will help fund improvements at Breaks Interstate Park, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said. The $358,035 grant for the Ratliff Hole Area Renovation in Pike County will go toward a new trail, improved parking and...

Firefighters making progress on northern NH fire

May. 16, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — A forest fire in northern New Hampshire is down to a little over 100 acres and rain on Monday helped firefighters' efforts, forest officials said. The Bemis Fire is in Crawford Notch State Park, the White Mountain National Forest, and on private land. It's...

Firefighters battle large forest fire in White Mountains

May. 15, 2022 10:49 AM EDT

BARTLETT, N.H. (AP) — Firefighters in New Hampshire are battling a large forest fire that's burned hundreds of acres in the White Mountains this weekend. The U.S. Forest Service said federal, state and local personnel responded to a fire on state land in Crawford Notch State Park...