Please note that this is commonly the busiest weekend of the year in desert climbing areas. Camping can sometimes be an issue. Make sure that you have information concerning back-up camping plans before leaving for Joshua Tree, Red Rock, Zion, or Smith Rock.
--On December 1st and on December 8th, the American Alpine Institute will be sponsoring events to raise money for the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center. We will be running rock rescue seminars and an avalanche awareness seminar in both Bellingham and in Everett. To learn more about the event, please click here.
--Outside magazine has produced a heart-wrenching story about the avalanche deaths of three skiers last season just outside Stevens Pass ski area. To read the piece, click here.
--The fiscal cliff is coming and the National Parks could be the first thing to fall over it. If Congress cannot agree on a plan there could be significant cuts to operating budgets which would seriously impact the North Cascades National Park. Campgrounds and visitor centers will likely close and rangers may be laid off. To read more, click here.
--The New York Times did an article about Desolation Peak and Jack Kerouac. Apparently the writer spent a significant amount of time on the mountain in 1956. To read the article, click here.
--Petroglyphs near the town of Bishop have been cut away from the rock faces where they sat for thousands of years and were stolen! Others were terribly damaged. To read more, click here.
--A group of artists are displaying pieces of artwork that they have created from trash collected from Mount Everest in Katmandu. Artwork has been created out of everything from discarded oxygen canisters to, torn up tents, to shredded ropes. To read more and to see some photos fo the artwork, click here.
Notes from All Over:
--Patrick Edlinger, a superstar French climber from the 1980s and 1990s died at home on Friday at the age of 52. The cause of death has not yet been released. Edlinger was a leader in the sport climbing and free soloing movements. To read more, click here.
--Wild Country has recently posted a voluntary recall on the Ropeman 3. The device has passed all of its CE requirements, but has been found to be below par for field work. To learn more, click here.
--Should bicycles be allowed on the Pacific Crest Trail? Some people are pushing for this! To read more, click here.
--Haydon Kennedy and Kyle Dempster finished out their Pakistan season with two new routes on two separate peaks in the Karakoram. To read more, click here.
--The Copp-Dash Inspire Award is now accepting applications for small teams who would like to climb remote lines and document their climbs in a creative way. Applications are due by December 31st. To read more, click here.