--On Monday, March 23, the Mountaineers were excited to return to Olympia with our partners in the No Child Left Inside Alliance to testify in support of Senate Bill 5843.
No Child Left Inside is a grants program established in 2008 by the Washington State Legislature. In it, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission would award outdoor education and recreation grant funds to public agencies, private nonprofit organizations, formal school programs, informal after school programs and community based programs. More information here.
--Bringing grizzly bears back to the North Cascades is a way to restore the natural ecosystem and not something to fear. North Cascades National Park, is considered the “wild nearby” for its incredible scenery and diverse wildlife, is an easy drive from Seattle. It also represents a unique opportunity to “save all the pieces” in what the National Park Service calls the most rugged mountain range in the Lower 48. One of its missing pieces is the grizzly bear. More information here.
--On Saturday, March 21, the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, in Hawthorne, NV, received a 911 call regarding a hiker who had broken their leg in a fall near Matterhorn Peak, approximately 15 miles southwest of Bridgeport in the Sawtooth Mountain Range. Full article here
-- See You TOMORROW at Red Rock Rendezvous! Stop by our booth to meet AAI Staff and Guides and enter to win a $500 scholarship toward one of our many, many awesome courses! To learn more, click here.
--Backcountry to the future: More skiers skip lift lines. Although snowsports experts disagree on some of the numbers, there's widespread agreement that backcountry skiing and snowboarding represents a bright spot in the broader snowsports industry that doesn't have a lot of growth.
Sales of alpine touring gear, which includes skis, boots and bindings that allow skiers to free their heels and hike up hills in order to ski down, increased dramatically in the period covering August to January. Full article here.
Notes from All Over:
--Girl Talk: Peeing in the Back Country. AAI Guide Shelby Charpenter shares a blog post with helpful tips for the ladies. Click here for more info.
--American climber Ashima Shiraishi, 13, is currently on spring break in Spain. Last week she sent what might be a 5.15a, making her the first woman and youngest climber ever to send the grade. Full Article here.