Thursday, June 18, 2015

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 6/18/15


--A man who apparently died while climbing Mount Rainier had a passion for climbing and the outdoors, his father said. Searchers on Saturday recovered a body believed to be that of 25-year-old Kyle Bufis, of Springdale, Utah. A helicopter had spotted the body of a deceased male climber near the summit. To read more, click here.

--A 57 year old man from San Carlos, Calif., died after he fell while climbing Mt. Shasta Thursday, June 11. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reported today, June 15, that it responded to a search and rescue call at about 6:22 a.m. Thursday. To read more, click here.

--A climber broke his leg on Mt. Baker on Saturday morning. Mountain Rescue did several technical lowers to get the climber into position for a helicopter extraction. Following is a video of that extraction:

--There was another broken leg on Mt. Hood this week. A boulder hit a 27-year old female climber and broke her leg. To read about the incident, click here.

--A 41-year-old climber has been hospitalized after falling in an area above Colchuck Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The Chelan County sheriff's office says a rescue helicopter from Naval Air Base Whidbey Island hoisted James Adkins from the area around 1 a.m. Monday. To read more, click here.

--They've done it again! A group of ultrarunners lead by Bellingham resident, Daniel Probst have run from Bellingham Bay to the top of Mount Baker and back in a forty hour push. To read more, click here.

--The National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have released the report analyzing public comments received during the first phase of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for grizzly bear restoration in the North Cascades ecosystem. The EIS is a three-year process to determine a range of actions that could be taken to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem, a 9,800 square-mile area of largely federal lands in north central Washington state. FWS listed the grizzly bear as a threatened species in the lower 48 United States in 1975. The species was listed as endangered by the state of Washington in 1980. The EIS is being developed jointly by the FWS, which administers the Endangered Species Act, and the NPS. The U.S. Forest Service and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are cooperating agencies in the process. To read more, click here.

--There will be an Adopt-a-Crag event at Exit 38 on June 20th. To read more, click here.

--Approximately 40 small wildland fires are burning across the Northwest -- and it’s only early June. Governor Jay Inslee highlighted the concern Wednesday at an event where he practiced getting into a fire shelter. He did the fire shelter test with Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark. They had 30 seconds to deploy and get into a mock fire shelter. To read more, click here. To see a video of the governor practicing with a fire shelter, click below:


--The public got a sneak peak at six areas in the White and Sierra Nevada mountains that may be recommended as Wilderness areas Tuesday evening at the Inyo National Forest offices in Bishop. To read more, click here.

--It appears that the Access Fund is trying to buy land near Donner Summit. To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--Global climate change is having a serious impact on the Joshua Trees in Joshua Tree National Park. To read more, click here.


--If you’ve paid any attention to the snowpack across the western United States this spring, it’s probably pretty obvious that the Pacific Northwest and California have no snow, while Colorado continues to get pounded on. The influx of precipitation would have been perfect for ski resorts in January, rather than when they began to close down in mid-April. To read more, click here.


--AAI teams are spread all over Denali. To get the most recent updates, check out our dispatch blog!

--Alaska says Denali, Ohio says McKinley...What in the world is a congress to do...? Find out, here.

--In late May, Erik Bonnett and Max Fisher climbed two new routes on the border of southeast Alaska and British Columbia in the Coast Mountains. To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--Three climbers who were attempting the East Ridge of Mount Logan are safe in Haines Junction after being rescued. To read more, click here.

--The Salt Lake Tribune posted a cool infographic on where NPS visitors are being rescued. To see it, click here.

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