--The Washington Transportation Department has closed its first section of a highway for the winter. With snow on the ground and more forecast, crews closed the gate Thursday on Highway 542 from the Mount Baker Ski area to Artist Point. To read more, click here.
--The Inyo National Forest Prepares for Potential Winter Road Closures. The Inyo National Forest is preparing for the week-end storm in the forecast. The forest may implement winter closures for roads that access the Reds Meadow Valley and Mammoth Lakes Basin areas of the Inyo National Forest. To read more, click here.
--A San Jose, California, climber has died while attempting the 10-pitch Iron Messiah (5.10) in Zion National Park on Sunday, according to the National Park Service. To read more, click here.
Notes from All Over:
--A New York woman with a seriously misguided Banksy complex took a trip out West and regurgitated her “artwork” all over the region’s national parks. This is one of those cases where art can objectively be called terrible: The woman appears to have used acrylic paint to deface rocks and cliff surfaces in 10 parks across five states — including Yosemite, Crater Lake, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Joshua Tree, Zion, Rocky Mountain and Bryce National Parks — and then had the audacity to brag about it on social media. To read more, click here.
--Archaeologists working in Norway have found a 1,300 year-old ski with the binding and leather straps still attached. The discovery, made possible because of melting ice, shows that Vikings were able to move fast and steady on the snow. It's one of only 20 pre-modern skis to be found in Norway, and only the second with bindings (the other being from Finland). To read more, click here.
--It appears that GoPro might pursue legal action against a journalist who blamed a GoPro camera mount for an accident. To read more, click here.
--In related news, GOPRO popularized the action-ready, ultraportable little cameras that make already exciting exploits look amazing. But faced with new competition at lower prices, maybe GoPro has gone too pro for most consumers. To read more, click here.
--“Game of Thrones” star Jason Momoa has purchased a historic former automotive factory in Pontiac with plans to open a rock-climbing facility and brewery there, according to a leading real estate developer in the city. To read more, click here.