--After four tries and seven years, Congress has agreed to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, north and east of Snoqualmie Pass. And two stretches of rivers there were given Wild and Scenic River status. To read more, click here.
--Mt. Baker's Ridley Creek Trail is being rebuilt under the leadership of ultramarathoner Daniel Probst. The Ridely Creek Trail provides access to the Easton Glacier from the Middle Fork Nooksack. Dan is trying to bring back the Mt. Baker Marathon as an ultramarathon from Bellingham Bay to the top of Mt. Baker. To learn more about the trail project, click here. To sign a petition to support this race, click here.
--The Mountaineers will be hosting Reinhold Messner on February 2nd at the Mountaineers Headquarters in Seattle. To read more, click here.
--A skier triggered an avalanche near Lake Tahoe on Saturday. To read about it, click here.
--Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite are closed for the season. To read more, click here.
--Eric Bjornstad, the pioneer desert climber, passed away this week in Moab after a long illness. The iconic climber wrote the first comprehensive guidebook to rock climbing on the Colorado Plateau, Desert Rock. To read more, click here.
--Las Vegas Metro police reported a hiker who had been stranded for two days at Red Rock Canyon in the Ice Box Canyon was rescued Friday afternoon. To read more, click here.
--A judge in Flagstaff has ordered an Alaska man to pay $1,500 for routinely dumping trash in the Colorado River and illegally collecting firewood during a 12-day rafting trip through Grand Canyon National Park earlier this year. To read more, click here.
--When it rains in Red Rock, the rock becomes brittle and easily broken. There have been a lot of climbers getting out there on fragile lines after the recent rainstorm. Please be wary of this. To see an editorial on the subject, click here.
--During the recently-passed Thanksgiving holiday, a group of BASE jumpers, highliners, and friendly volunteers constructed a large pentagon-shaped hammock and suspended it 400 feet above the Moab desert in Utah. They called it the Mothership Space Net Penthouse, and it majestically hung over the red-rock floor for one unforgettable day. To read more, click here. To see a short video on the net, click below:
--Somebody came up with a winning business plan in Colorado Springs. A pub and a climbing gym will be featured under the same roof. To read more, click here.
--Avalanche awareness skills — always vital for backcountry adventurers — might be especially important this season after good early-season snowfall was followed by unseasonably warm temperatures and now additional snowfall. The snow that will hopefully continue to pile up is, unfortunately, resting on a weak layer. To read more, click here.
Notes from All Over:
--Authorities say a 51-year-old woman has died after she crashed while skiing at Pine Knob Ski Resort in Michigan. To read more, click here.
--The Mount Washington Avalanche Center has put together a very interesting Chronology of an Incident Report.
--The preceeding graphic shows each of the successes that the Access Fund had in 2014. They are currently doing a membership drive to keep the success rolling. To learn more, click here.
--The largest expansion of the National Parks System in almost 40 years was approved by the Senate on Friday as part of a bill that provided military funding for 2015, CNN reports. The House approved the bill earlier this month and President Obama is expected to sign it into law. To read more, click here.
--And here are some last minute gift ideas for climbers...
--On Monday, the 2015 Mugs Stump Award winners were announced in Bozeman, Montana. To see a list of the award recipients and their objectives, click here.