--Last week, AAI Guides helped an advertising agency called Workhouse Creative put together a video. They gave us some awesome footage in return. Check out AAI Guide Dustin Byrne, sending Mt. Erie in the video below:
--The Mountaineers will be hosting Reinhold Messner on February 2nd at the Mountaineers Headquarters in Seattle. To read more, click here.
--Evergreen College in Olympia is hosting prolific climber, Fred Becky on February 11th for a lecture. To learn more, click here.
--If you’ve hiked anywhere in the Northwest, there’s a good chance you’ve seen an illegal trail. Often they’re quick shortcuts or paths to off-trail viewpoints. But in extreme cases, they’re longer, surreptitiously constructed paths that wind through public and private land. The unauthorized trails can cause a range of problems in wild areas. As more and more people spend time in the woods, closing down these illegal trails has become increasingly difficult. To read more, click here.
--The family of 24-year-old Cody Byers of Fresno is mourning his death. The man who had a passion for rock climbing and for nature, died doing what he loved. Yosemite Park Rangers say Byers fell several hundred feet while making his way down the Royal Arches. To read more, click here.
--So Ellen interviewed Tommy and Kevin. You've really made it to the big time when you get interviewed on Ellen. To see the clip, click here.
--Registration for this year's Red Rock Rendezvous is now open. Rendezvous will take place in Red Rock from March 27-29. To learn more, click here.
--An eighth grade student was killed in a ski accident at Crested Butte Mountain Resort on Friday. To read more, click here.
--A skier and mountaineer from Oregon died Friday after he was buried in an avalanche on the Italian side of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in western Europe, his sister said. Dave Rosenbarger was alive when rescuers dug him out, but died at a hospital. Rosenbarger, 38, represented the Patagonia sporting goods company. He was a graduate of the University of Oregon and Gresham High School and lived with his wife in France. Rosenbarger was also an American climbing guide and a member of the American Mountain Guides Association. To read more, click here.
--A rock climber was airlifted Saturday to a hospital after falling 20 feet in a rock climbing area near Lake County, California, according to CalFire. The incident was reported at 1:21 p.m. To read more, click here.
--An ice climber from Washington state was airlifted from the "Mean Green" ice flow near Cody on Sunday after a softball-sized rock hit his back, according to the Park County Sheriff's Office. To read more, click here.
--A lawsuit involving a 2010 tree-well death at Whitefish Mountain Resort is scheduled to be heard by a jury in November — nearly five years after the accident. The family of Niclas Waschle, the 16-year-old exchange student from Germany who died after falling head-first into a tree well in December 2013, sued the ski area along with his host family from Columbia Falls and the company that coordinated his exchange. To read more, click here.
--The journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recently produced a report on how hierarchical societies tend to have better summit success in the Himalaya. However, they also have more deaths. To read more, click here.
--Earlier this week, Rep. Don Young (R-AK) introduced a bill to strip current and future presidents’ authority to designate national monuments, proposing an overhaul to a law that presidents have used for nearly a century to protect some of the country’s most iconic and treasured places. The bill, introduced Tuesday, would amend the 1906 Antiquities Act to effectively block the President from designating any new national monuments without congressional approval and an extensive environmental review. Additionally, the bill would require the President to seek approval from nearby state governments for marine monument proposals. To read more, click here.