Thursday, October 15, 2015

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 10/15/15


--A Boise man sustained injuries from a black bear attack near the Middle Fork of the Salmon River early Friday morning, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. To read more, click here.

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--The B.C. Coroners Service is recommending the province consider making helmet use mandatory on all B.C. skill hills, following an investigation into the death of a young international student on Grouse Mountain. Luca Cesar, a 16-year-old exchange student from Brazil studying at Carson Graham secondary, died from a traumatic brain injury on Nov. 29, 2013, when he fell off a ledge. To read more, click here.

--The 42 Ski Resorts that get the most snow in the world. Surprise. Surprise. Mt. Baker Ski Area is at the very top of the list!

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--Today marks the start of the 5-Point Film Festival in Bellingham. Come out tonight and join AAI at the Elizabeth Station for a mountain trivia contest! Then check out the rest of the 5-Point Festival. To learn more, click here.

--Political pressure is mounting to get the federal government to change the name of a lake in the North Cascades that is likely a racist slur. The lake and connecting creek, which lie in the Stehekin River Valley in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, are labeled Coon Lake and Coon Creek on federal maps. But a south Seattle man with ties to the area, Jonathan Rosenblum, convinced state officials that those names were likely racist references to a black prospector who worked claims there in the late 19th century. The state’s board of geographic names agreed, and officially changed the names to Howard Lake and Howard Creek after the prospector, Wilson Howard. To read more, click here.

--The Three Fingers Lookout, based atop Three Fingers mountain in the North Cascades has a new roof. To read more, click here.


--The historic 4-year drought in California has been affecting California ski resorts powerfully the past 4 winter seasons. Since 2010, California ski resorts have seen a 40% drop in skier visits. California ski resorts are responding by putting up zip-lines, mountain coasters, rope courses, and mountain bike trails to turn their ski resorts into year round destinations that rely less on annual snowfall amounts. To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--Here are some additional details about the Joshua Tree Climb Smart Festival, running from October 16-18.

--A damaged helicopter was left abandoned in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area last week. A student pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in a wash inside the Conservation Area. To read more, click here.

--Parking will be severely limited at the Delicate Arch parking area in Arches National Park this fall and winter. To read more, click here.

--Representative Raúl M. Grijalva and tribal leaders from across Northern Arizona held a press conference Monday in Flagstaff to introduce the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument Act, a bill establishing a new national monument that reflects the long history and deep cultural roots of the region’s Native American tribes. To read more. click here.


--A settlement has been reached in the lawsuit brought by the estate of a woman who died after a skiing accident on Aspen Mountain in 2013. To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--The Linn County Sheriff’s Office and an Oregon Army National Guard helicopter rescued a 20-year-old Bend woman who was injured in a climbing accident on Sunday and spent the night on Mount Washington, where temperatures dipped below freezing. Sheriff Bruce Riley said Sarah Ford was hiking and climbing alone, and he believed she was rappelling from the summit of the peak in the dark when she was struck in the head with a rock and fell about 15 feet. To read more, click here.

--Maxim Magazine has done a profile on the two fastest men in the mountains, Killian Jornet and Karl Egloff. To read the article, click here.

--The name change of North America’s tallest mountain is causing a trickle effect all the way down to Alaska's fast-food restaurants. The McKinley Mac previously available at Alaska McDonald’s restaurants will now be marketed as the Denali Mac. The change comes after President Obama renamed Mount McKinley to its traditional Athabascan name of Denali ahead of his three-day visit to the state in August. To read more, click here.

--A New Zealand suspension bridge snapped on September 3rd sending four hikers into the river below. To read more, click here. To see horrifying Go Pro images of the bridge collapse, click below.

--The American Alpine Club is looking for an intern to help them build their new website. To learn more, click here.

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