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Irish climber killed on Mt. Kilimanjaro

DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- An Irish climber leading a group up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania was killed by lightning Wednesday, his family confirmed.

New York man survives harrowing climb

NEW YORK, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- A 60-year-old New York man says a global positioning system device helped save him and his companions during a mountain climb in Antarctica.

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Canadian woman scales Everest

TORONTO, June 2 (UPI) -- A Canadian woman scaled Mount Everest in Nepal Thursday, becoming the third woman to reach the summit of the world's tallest peak at 29,028 feet.

Ulcer stops climber from reaching summit

EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 1 (UPI) -- A stomach ulcer stopped a Scottish climber from reaching the summit of Mount Everest, the world's tallest peak in the Himalayas.

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A Web site that featured images of wrestlers including 25 minors dressed only in Speedo bathing suits, some posed in "unorthodox positions" was voluntarily shut down by the priest who created the site after questions were raised.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International
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Vinson Massif is the highest mountain of Antarctica, located about 1,200 km (750 mi) from the South Pole. The mountain is about 21 km (13 mi) long and 13 km (8 mi) wide. At 4,892 metres (16,050 ft) the highest point is Mount Vinson, which was named in 2006 by US-ACAN. The southern end of the massif ends at Hammer Col, which joins it to the Craddock Massif, of which the highest point is Mount Rutford (4477 m).

The massif lies in the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains, which stand above the Ronne Ice Shelf near the base of the Antarctic Peninsula.

A high mountain, provisionally known as 'Vinson' was long suspected to be in this part of West Antarctica, but it was not actually seen until January 1958, when it was spotted by US Navy aircraft from Byrd Station. It was named after Carl Vinson (also the namesake of an aircraft carrier), a United States Georgia Congressman who was a key supporter of funding for Antarctic research.

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