Thursday, July 18, 2013

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 7/18/13


--Authorities in Kittitas County are asking for the public’s help in connection with an attack on a 25-year-old woman at a campground near Cle Elum. The woman was camping at the French Cabin Creek campground near Salmon La Sac when she was assaulted by a man early Monday, according to the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office. To read more, click here.

--A new climbing gym opened in Bellingham last week. AAI Staff were on sight for the grand opening of Vital Climbing Gym in downtown Bellingham. This is a very exciting event in a town full of climbers that until Vital didn't have a real climbing gym to call home.

--The new Mt. Erie climbing guide is available online!


--Steve Nelson has been named manager of the Bureau of Land Management’s Bishop Field Office. The Bishop Field Office manages over 750,000 acres of public land surface and about 2 million acres of subsurface mineral estate in the eastern Sierra region of central California. To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--Over the last week there have been some serious fires in Red Rock Canyon. It does appear that these are contained at this point. It will be some time before we know the extent of the damage to the climbing area. With previous fires, the damage has been minimal, but it has caused some trail erosion issues. To read more, click here.

--The Nevada state Board of Examiners on Tuesday agreed to pay $920,000 to settle a dispute over a 2003 law that sought to protect lands near Red Rock Canyon. The payment, approved by Gov. Brian Sandoval and Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, brings to a close the legal battle over Senate Bill 358 from the 2003 legislative session that sought to protect the area from development. To read more, click here.

--A giant energy project that would turn an abandoned open pit mine near Joshua Tree National Park into two hydroelectric storage reservoirs got a thumbs-up from California's main water quality agency this week. The Eagle Mountain Pumped Storage Project, which would use off-peak electrical power to pump water to an upper reservoir, then generate electricity by letting the water flow through turbines during peak demand times, would generate a maximum of 1,300 megawatts of power. To read more, click here.


--Colorado’s ski industry generates $3 billion to the state’s economy, and after a tough year in 2011 to 2012, things did improve this past season. But a new report states that the industry could be facing a long-term decline in skiers. To read more, click here.


--Starting in February, visitors will have winter access to the first 12 miles of the road that enters Denali National Park and Preserve. The National Park Service will begin plowing a nine-mile stretch of Denali Park Road on a trial basis this winter to provide more mountain viewing and winter recreation opportunities for visitors to the park. To read more, click here.

--A pioneer of Alaska mountain climbing has set a new record on Denali. On June 28, three months shy of his 79th birthday, Tom Choate became the oldest person to reach the summit of the mountain. To read more, click here.

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Notes from All Over:

--A rock climber remained in critical condition Wednesday, the day after she fell more than 50-feet while attempting to climb a rain-soaked cliff side in Utah's Big Cottonwood Canyon. To read more, click here.

--A Canadian mountain climber is recovering in a Calgary hospital after suffering what paramedics say was a fall from a significant height near Canmore on Sunday. EMS says they were called out to Ha Ling Peak in the Spray Lakes area at about 9:00am, after a man in his 30s was reported to have fallen from a height of about 45-feet. To read more, click here.

--The Access Fund has started a new ad campaign about a gorilla that has gone mad at a climbing area. Usually he is upset about the way that people are acting. Check out the video below for a taste of the "Gorilla Gone Mad."

--So what about a National Park on the moon? Yeah, it's actually been proposed. Though it's not really clear who is going to go there. To read more, click here.

--Apparently the Boy Scouts can't get it right. It appears that now that they're decreasing discriminatory practices toward gay kids, they're looking for another group to pick on. This time it appears to be obese kids. Obese children will not be welcome at the group's 10-day National Jamboree in West Virginia. One reader at Time magazine's website put this in perspective: “So now the Boy Scouts of America won’t discriminate because of sexual orientation, but they are OK with discriminating against fat people … I guess we shouldn’t be surprised, as fat people are the last group you can still legally discriminate against.” To read more, click here.

--Is climbing language lascivious? You bet. Check out this very funny article on the language climbers use.

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