Thursday, May 14, 2015

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 5/14/15

--AAI's Denali Team 1 is progressing up the mountain on its way to Camp 3. Follow their journey on our dispatch blog.

--Team 2 will be landing at Base Camp to start their expedition. Follow along here.

--British climbers Jon Griffith and Will Sim have made the first ascent of the northwest face of Mt. Deborah, a seldom-climbed, 12,339-foot peak in the Hayes Range, a group of mountains at the eastern end of the Alaska Range. Read full article here.
Notes from All Over:

--Maggie Daley Park Climbing Wall opens in Chicago. Touted by Park District officials as one of the largest outdoor climbing structures in the world, the walls reach 40 feet at their peak and encompass a total surface area of 19,000 square feet. Up to 100 people can climb on the structure at a time, Guthrie said.

--After a quick jaunt up to the Northern Hemisphere, Aussie Logan Barber made the first free ascent of The Firewall (5.13d) in Liming, China last week—now considered the hardest traditional climb in the country. Full article here. 

--Global Warming Hitting Highest Peaks Harder Than Expected.   After one of the mildest winters on record, it may come as no surprise to hear that the world’s highest mountains may be warming much faster than than the global average — and faster than previously thought. Full article here.

--VIDEO: Freeskier Survives HUGE Avalanche with ABS Backpack. Watch here.

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