Thursday, May 26, 2011

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 5/26/11

Northwest:

--At an elevation of 10,778 feet, the snow-capped summit of Mount Baker watches quietly over Whatcom County. For some Western Washington University students, the mountain is merely a pleasant icing on the Bellingham cake. For other, more adventurous students, the steep slopes stand in silent mockery; a challenge waiting to be skied, climbed and explored. To read more, click here

--Authorities said a climber fell 50 feet from a Portland hill and died.  Christian Steiner, 27, was one of two Austrian men climbing Saturday on Rocky Butte, an extinct volcano rising about 600 feet above northeast Portland. To read more, click here

--Monika, who recently passed away when a cornice broke out from under her, was also amidst a lawsuit with REI because of her REI Purchased road bike broke while she was riding, causing severe injuries and damage.  To read more, click here

Sierra:

-- California's Department of Fish and Wildlife will be stocking lakes in Southern California and the Easter Sierras this week.  For a complete listing of lakes being stocked, click here

--The opening of Tioga Pass is still unknown, due to massive quantities of snow on the east entrance of Yosemite National Park.  To read more, click here




Desert Southwest:

--Two rock climbers were brought to safety Saturday night following an “extremely dangerous” rescue mission at a popular Lake Tahoe area rock formation.  A 33-year-old Bay Area man suffered moderate injuries after falling between 80 and 100 foot fall while climbing with a partner at the prominent granite formation.  To read more, click here

--Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area’s developed campground is scheduled to temporarily close from May 31 to Sept. 1.  To read more, click here

--Call it the art of saving art.  Volunteers are working to rid the graffiti off Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area's petroglyphs and pictographs.  To read more, click here.  

Alaska:

--AAI's Denali Team 2, lead by Richard Riquelme, turned around at 14,000 feet without a summit attempt due to horrible weather conditions.  Remember, climbing mountains is a round trip event.  Read more dispatches on our blog. 

--AAI's Denali Team 3, lead by Mat Erpelding, is having fantastic weather and eating Denali Sandwhiches:  Greasy Cheese and Salami!  The group is strong and scheduled for a rest day tomorrow.  To read more, click here

--AAI's Denali Team 4, lead by Angel Seidling, is starting strong and made it to Camp 1.  To read more, click here



Himalaya:

--Neal Beidleman, a survivor of the Mount Everest disaster chronicled in the book "Into Thin Air," says retracing his steps helped him come to terms with the tragedy that cost the lives of eight climbers. Last Friday, 51-year-old Beidleman again reached the top of the world's highest peak in an expedition that took him past the graves of his friends and to the site of a disaster that has been etched in his mind for the past 15 years.  To read more, click here and here.

--The Irish climber who died near the top of Mount Everest three days after his wife gave birth to a baby girl had not originally set out to reach the summit. John Delaney (41), from Kilcock, Co Kildare, made the decision to push for the top of the world's highest mountain at the last minute.  To read more, click here

--Sadpara, the second Pakistani to succeed in hoisting a Pakistani flag at the world highest peak, was warmly received by Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Chief Minister Mehdi Shah, students, admirers, Alpine Club officials, Pakistan Association of Tour Operators, Pakistani Adventure Club and politicians from G-B. To read more, click here

--A Limerick man is literally on top of the world after becoming the youngest person in the Irish Republic to conquer Mount Everest.  History-making Mark Quinn, 27, from Rhebogue, reached the summit at 8am on Saturday local time. To read more, click here

--A 27-year-old Flight Lieutenant today became the first woman from the Indian Air Force to scale 8848-metre-high world's tallest peak Mt Everest.  To read more, click here


--Michael Horst has just climbed Everest and Lhotse summit to summit in 21 hours.  This marks the first person to climb two 8000 meter peaks in one day.  Click here to read more.

Notes from All Over:

-- A man who was crushed by a boulder while using his smartphone's GPS coordinates to find a hidden treasure was found by emergency workers with the help of those same coordinates.  The man remains in critical condition after the 30-pound rock fell on him while he was bouldering in the Austin greenbelt.  To read more, click here

-- Lori Schneider, who has scaled all of the seven continental summits and was the first person with multiple sclerosis to climb Mount Everest is going to scale another height: the Eiffel Tower.   “We need to work together globally to find a cure so I hope to raise a little bit of awareness in a wonderful, famous place like the Eiffel Tower in Paris,” she says. To read more, click here

-- Colorado's Larimer County Sheriff's Dispatch was notified that a climber had been struck by a rock and fallen approximately 20 feet in rugged terrain south of highway 14 in the Poudre Canyon narrows area. Sheriff's officials say that due to darkness and extremely steep, near vertical terrain, the rescue effort was not completed until approximately 1:30 AM the next morning. To read more, click here

--Ten years after reaching the summit of Mount Everest, Erik Weihenmayer is still blind. But his vision has become crystal clear. Wednesday marks the 10-year anniversary of the Golden mountaineer's historic achievement as the first and only blind man to reach the 29,035-foot Himalayan mountaintop. Erik also just graduated from Bucknell University.  Congrats Erik!  To read more, click here and here

-- New National Park App for your Smartphone! Find information, locations and stamp your virtual passport with the help of Chimani National Parks app.  Click here to read more. 

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