--A woman who was injured in a fall on Mount St. Helens was airlifted by rescuers Thursday and taken to a Vancouver hospital. The Skamania County sheriff’s office says 28-year-old Alana McCammon of Vancouver fell into a snow cave Wednesday night at about the 7,000-foot level of the volcano in southwest Washington. To read more, click here.
--So, the Denali Speed Record is now 12 hours, 29 minutes from Kahiltna Base to summit. This breaks the previous record by seven hours. To read more, click here.
--A skier survived an avalanche in the Utah backcountry this week by deploying her avalanche airbag. To read a news report, click here. To read the Utah Avalanche Center report, click here. To see a video of the incident, click below:
--The biggest mountains in the world were not kind to anybody this year. Forty-four people died on 8,000-meter peaks this year. To read more, click here.
--Rescue crews have rescued a hiker stranded on a ledge near Margarette Falls in East Tennessee. The man was picked up by a helicopter and brought to safety Friday afternoon in the area about 80 miles east of Knoxville. To read more, click here.
--This is cool. There's a guy out there making 3D prints of mountains. He's got a whole bunch of different peaks for sale including Longs Peak and Mt. Whitney. To learn more, click here.
--Skiers and snowboarders searching for "the steep and deep" this winter may find the concept has taken on a much less appealing connotation: The price of the sport is getting so steep that some believe it may be becoming the exclusive domain of those whose pockets are exceedingly deep. To read more, click here.
--Steph Davis has a nice article out about the strength of pre-equalized cordelletes. To read the article, click here.
--The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has opened its draft Rockwoods Reservation Ten Year Area Management Plan for public comment. Despite previous overwhelming public input advocating for rock climbing at Rockwoods Reservation, Section VII of MDC’s draft plan states, “after careful consideration of this request, and to balance requests for a wide variety of activities within the Constitutional mission of the Department of Conservation, rock climbing will not be allowed at Rockwoods Reservation.” To read more, click here.
--This following article makes sense to those of us who assume that we're direct ancestors: An analysis of a partial skeleton dating back some 1.34 million years suggests at least one ancient hominin retained the ability to climb millions of years after our ancestors are believed to have taken to the ground. Published in the journal PLOS ONE, the study points to the newly discovered fossils as clear evidence the human ancestor Paranthropus boisei was both an accomplished bipedal as well as tree-climber. To read more, click here.