Thursday, November 5, 2015

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 11/5/15


--It's an El Nino year, which usually means less snowfall than normal. But after last year's 20% of normal snowpack, an 80% year sounds pretty good. The Pacific Northwest just received its first significant mountain snowfall of the season. To read more, click here.

--Reel Rock Film Festival will take place at Western Washington University in Bellingham on November 12th, in Seattle on November 14th and in Portland on November 17th. To learn more, click here.

Early morning on Mt. Rainier.

--Public scoping meetings will be taking place throughout November for the Mount Rainier Wilderness Stewardship Plan. To read more, click here.


--A climber paralyzed from the waist down recently made an ascent of Yosemite's El Capitan. To read more, click here.

--Two women made the first all-female, one-day ascent of Salathé Wall, the historic route on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, this past weekend. Libby Sauter, 31, of Las Vegas, and Alix Morris, 25, of Yosemite Village, started at the base of the 2,900-foot climb in darkness and topped out before 1 a.m., completing their push in less than 19 hours. To read more, click here.

--Mammoth Mountain ski resort is opening today! To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--It's time to start thinking about Red Rock Rendezvous! The event will be April 1-3 this year. To register, click here.

--Zion National Park is extending their shuttle service for the next two weeks, and the move comes after a surge of visitors to the park shut the canyon down earlier this week. To read more, click here.


--The Reel Rock Film Festival will be in Golden on November 6th and Gunnison on November 13th. To learn more, click here.

--Aspen Skiing Company has been one of the ski industry’s leaders on climate action since 1997, and Schendler is the resort’s outspoken climate czar. Nobody in the business has done more to sound the alarm and cajole resorts to confront climate change. He chairs Protect Our Winters, a global nonprofit devoted to climate activism, and he authored the book Getting Green Done, which is about the struggles of greening a big company. Schendler has testified before Congress, lectured at the Harvard Business School, and delivered countless climate talks. He has met with governors, senators, and congressmen and advised White House staff and the director of the Environmental Protection Agency about engaging skiers in the climate fight. Time magazine called him a “climate crusader” in 2006. To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--Jesus Deniz, an 18-year old male, was recently charged with the shooting of a climber who was camping in Wyoming's Ten Sleep Canyon in September of 2013. It appears that the teen confessed to the shooting while he was being interviewed about the shooting of three other individuals. To read more, click here.

--A new ice line was recently climbed in the Bugaboos. Check it out.

--The following was a video taken in the Alps a few weeks ago. Terrifying.

--The misleadingly named Resilient Federal Forests Act, a version of which passed the House in July 2015, would weaken environmental laws and allow the timber industry to log thousands of square miles of national forest land without adequately considering the environmental effects or discussing the impact on local communities. To read more, click here.

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