Some made it up Everest this spring, but a growing number of others did not
SILVERTON – Ken Sauls, who has lived in Silverton for the last decade and makes part of his living as a videographer, summited on Mt. Everest this spring, his second time. He must be doing pretty darn well, right?Well, yes and no. “Living the dream” has its costs, Sauls, who also makes a living as a carpenter, tells the Silverton Standard. “Never having money; and you have to be willing to let go any of any semblance of security. Last year I was wearing my nail bags all year.”But, he added, “It’s definitely not boring.”Sauls, who has been climbing for 25 years, was hired to shoot video at the base camp in 2003. An injury left a vacancy on the summit team, and he was selected to go. This year, he was hired to shoot film on the summit for a series to be broadcast on the Discovery Channel.Climbing is his passion, which is what led to his videography work. Now, high-altitude work is becoming his niche. But Everest itself was never a major goal, he says.”It’s not technical climbing, it’s not that aesthetic, and it’s a three-ring circus,’ he told the newspaper. “But, like a lot of things it has unfolded into a richer experience than I thought it would be. It is super dramatic.”Meanwhile, Winter Park’s Jack Gerstein was turned back this spring on this second bid to summit Everest. He suffered a mini-stroke, the Winter Park Manifest reports, but seems to have been able to descend the mountain in reasonably good shape.But in Canada, the resort community of Invermere was celebrating the success of Daniel Griffith, who at age 55 became the oldest Canadian to summit Everest. But it’s a short-lived celebration, as he’s immediately out to climb the highest peaks in North America, South America, Europe, Indonesia, and Antarctica before year’s end. Griffth’s wife, Deborah, tells the Invermere Valley Echo that it’s not always easy being the wife of a high-altitude mountaineer. “What offsets those challenges is all the cool times I’ve had with him being dragged up 20 million peaks,” she said. “There are tradeoffs with everything.”Builders advised to secure work sitesPARK CITY, Utah – Police and building officials are delivering notices to contractors who do not secure their equipment. The goal is to curb thefts at construction sites. The notices say that crews should “make certain to secure or remove any valuables on your sites at the end of each work day.” The warning comes in the wake of a rash of thievery, reports The Park Record.Hydro Broncs OKed for use on creek in WhistlerWHISTLER, B.C. – The story of extreme sports is partly one of greater daring, but in many ways it’s one of engineering and technology. Similar to what has happened with skis and snowboards, technological innovation has allowed boaters to tackle rivers that, even 20 years ago, were considered unraftable.That innovation – plus, undeniably the daring of the boaters – has yielded several astounding stories in recent weeks of kayakers, in particular, playing waterfalls near Crested Butte and a tumbling creek in the Vail area, which last week hosted the fifth annual Teva Games.Now comes a new innovation, the Hydro Bronc, which looks like a giant inflated hamster cage. By their nature, these eight-foot-diameter cages cannot be submerged. And they allow one person harnessed inside, rotating kind of like a Ferris wheel, to tumble down turbulent rivers.The Whistler municipal council has authorized use of Hydro Broncs on one of the town’s waterways, Fitzsimons Creek. The cost to do this will be $59 for a 15-minute ride. The one-year trial was approved despite reservations of the town’s mayor, Ken Melamed. He told Pique newsmagazine that he fears the loss of one of the few places in Whistler Village where a person can have a sense of being close to nature.
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