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CLIMBING NEWS MAIL LIST Posted on October 22, 2000 ------------------------ You can subscribe or unsubscribe at the following link: Concern Over Black Diamond Helmet Following tests carried out by the British Mountaineering Council, there's some concern over the level of protection offered by Black Diamond's Half Dome climbing helmet, though BMC Information Officer Andy MacNae stresses that the test failure was marginal and owners shouldn't panic. Leeds University showed the Half Dome allowed approximately 20 per-cent more force to be transmitted than allowed by the CEN European standard. Climber attempts to set bolting rules in stone Chris Alber calls it theft. The Boulder County Sheriff's Office calls it abandonment. Alber contacted sheriff's deputies last week with a complaint that Steve Dieckhoff and John Christi removed bolts drilled into a Boulder Canyon rock face to be used for rock climbing. Alber installed the bolts two years ago and considered their removal in August to be theft. He filed a complaint with the Sheriff's Office. Climber donates amputated fingers to museum A retired British mountaineer has presented a London museum with the five fingers and 10 toes he lost to frostbite while climbing Mount Everest. Major Michael "Bronco" Lane, 55, who was part of the second British team to scale the mountain, presented his surprising donation to staff at the National Army Museum in London, a museum spokesman said on Monday. The museum told AFP it had approached him seeking items to commemorate his climb in 1976. "I thought I would give them something really good, like my fingers and toes," said Lane. Man with No Hands Fails to Climb Mount Everest A South Korean climber with no hands has failed in his bid to climb the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, Nepal's Tourism Ministry said on Tuesday. Kim Hong-Bin, whose frostbitten hands had to be amputated after he climbed Alaska's Mount McKinley in 1991, managed to reach about 24,600 feet up the slopes of the 29,035-foot mountain. An official at the South Korean embassy said the 35-year-old climber had to give up because his strength gave out. Renowned Boulder native, climber dies He was a flower man in Boulder decades before flower children arrived in the city. He is credited with 93 summits of Longs Peak - a mountain that only coincidentally bears his family's name - and first ascents of several mountains in the southern part of the state. He trained fighter pilots during World War II and built a reservoir that now holds Boulder's drinking water. Three days after the 88-year-old's death, his associates remembered his vitality and intellectual prowess. Cancer fighter, climber dies in Ketchum Laura Steele Evans, a breast cancer survivor who helped lead 16 other women who fought the disease in a trek up the highest peak in the Western hemisphere -- Argentina's Mount Aconcagua -- died Tuesday at her home in Ketchum. Evans' bout with breast cancer motivated her to form an unusual organization called Expedition Inspiration, which since 1995 has raised more than $2 million for breast cancer research and awareness programs through mountain treks and hikes. Slovenian Becomes First Person to Ski Down Everest LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (Reuters) - A 38-year-old Slovenian became the first person ever to ski non-stop down the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest, Saturday. "I feel only absolute happiness and absolute fatigue," Davo Karnicar told Reuters by satellite phone after the descent from the 29,035-feet peak. He said some four kilometers of skiing on his custom-made skis took him nearly five hours and went without any major problems. "At some sections I had to ski very fast to escape from the breaking ice," the exhausted ski instructor said immediately after arrival at the base camp at 17,472 feet. ------------------------------------- WHAT IS THE CLIMBING NEWS MAIL LIST? The Climbing News Mail List is a commercial-free, moderated email list with over 3,000 subscribers. We send out no more than one email per week about climbing-related news and issues. Our news is gathered from publicly available sources or sent to us from climbers like you. We have the additional goal of fostering a network of concerned climbers who can help make a difference when it comes to important climbing issues. HOW DO I SUBSCRIBE OR UNSUBSCRIBE? The Climbing News Mail List will never give your email address to third parties, and we hope you will encourage others to join our network of climbers. You can be assured that you will be unsubscribed if so requested, and you will never receive junk mail due to us. You can subscribe or unsubscribe at the following link:

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