Thursday, February 7, 2013

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 2/7/13


--The American Alpine Institute is sponsoring a photo competition at To learn more about it, click here.

Karen Taylor-Goodrich

--Karen Taylor-Goodrich has just taken the superintendent position in the North Cascades National Park Complex. Taylor-Goodrich brings a wealth of experience from previous postings in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite, Grand Canyon and others. To read more, click here.

--The National Park Service is preparing for an across-the-board, 5 percent budget cut should Congress and the Obama administration fail to meet a March 1 deadline to avoid sequestration. This would mean reductions of $604,000 in fiscal year 2013 in Mount Rainier National Park and $639,000 in Olympic National Park. North Cascades National Park expected to receive $7.16 million in baseline funding in 2013 and would already be running at a deficit. A five percent cut to that would push the deficit to $1.26 million. To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--Rangers at Zion National Park have fined a photographer accused of offering guided tours for profit. Steven Sieren paid a $500 fine for operating a business in the park without a license, according to a press release from park managers. To read more, click here.


-- A woman killed Monday while skiing on Aspen Mountain was standing on lower Spar Gulch when she was hit by another female skier, authorities said Tuesday. Natalie Egleston, 48, of Ardmore, Pa., died from a traumatic brain injury, according to the Pitkin County Coroner's Office. She also suffered cracked ribs from the collision, Deputy Coroner Eric Hansen said. The death was ruled accidental, the coroner's statement said. To read more, click here.

--One of the men involved in a deadly avalanche in Silverton over the weekend says the incident was unlike anything you could describe. Nathan Klema was skiing in the back country with his friends Peter Carver and Duncan Rothwell. Klema accidentally triggered a massive 300-foot-wide avalanche, which swallowed the three men up. Carver did not survive the incident. To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--Rescue teams found a man who spent the night near the Snowbowl ski area near Missoula, MT. Searchers found 30-year-old Derick Wyslick at about 10 a.m. Thursday and determined that he was safe. To read more, click here.

--Rock an Ice was apparently attacked for reporting that murders near El Portrero Chico were causing climbers to flee. The situation might even be more dire than originally reported. Northern Mexico is a mess and tourists could easily be killed by drug gangs. To read about this situation, click here.

--A 36-year-old male who became trapped in an avalanche while skiing in Silver Fork Canyon was rescued quickly on Sunday. Lt. Justin Hoyal of the Unified Police Department said the man was wearing an avalanche beacon, which allowed rescuers to find him and dig him out quickly—even though he was under about 4 feet of snow. To read more, click here. To see a news report on this, click on the video below:

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--The Boy Scouts have punted on the possibility that they would eliminate their ban on gay members. The Boy Scout Council has indicated that it will vote on the issue in May. Until that time, the organization will continue to discriminate against gay youth. To read more and to see a history of the Boy Scout's discriminatory activities, click here.

--In January Andy Kirkpatrick, Tormod Granheim and Aleksander Gamme made the first technical winter ascent of a long aid line on the 1742m Norway's Troll Wall. To read more, click here.

--The Copp-Dash Inspire Award winners were announced this week. To see the list of winners, click here.

Sally Jewell

--The Obama Administration has tapped Sally Jewell to be the new Secretary of the Interior. Jewell is the CEO of REI and represents a major departure from the standard oil/gas/mining style secretary that has existed in the position in the past. Jewell is an environmental and outdoor recreation advocate, two things we desperately need in government. To read more, click here.

-A skier fell off of a 100-foot cliff Monday afternoon in the Hogum Fork area in Little Cottonwood Canyon. A medical helicopter along with rescuers from Wasatch Back Country Rescue were able to locate the man around 3 p.m. To read more, click here.