--A climber was killed after some kind of "equipment failure" on the Rambo Wall in Utah's Beef Basin Canyon. Information is sparse on this incident and it's not clear what actually failed. 50-year-old Mark Davis died of head trauma after the accident. To read more, click here.
--A climber fell approximately 50 feet Saturday after losing control while descending a 100-foot cliff near St. George, Utah. Emergency responders were dispatched at approximately 1:40 p.m. to the Cougar Cliffs area 6 .miles north of St. George off state Route 18. The extent of the climber's injuries are not known. To read more, click here.
--Graffiti is surging at Joshua Tree, Arches and Zion national parks, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. At Capitol Reef and Independence Rock, ignorami scrawl their names over 100-year-old pioneer inscriptions. Even 4,000-year-old drawings from the Archaic Period have been scribbled on. To read more, click here.
--The best climbing festival of the year is now accepting registrations. Red Rock Rendezvous will run from April 1-3. Come on out to Vegas and get your climb on! To read more, click here.
--Authorities say a 19-year-old man who died Wednesday while skiing at Copper Mountain Resort lost control on an intermediate trail and crashed into a tree. To read more, click here.
--A skier died after losing control during a trip with his daughter at Telluride Ski Resort this week, according to a San Miguel County Sheriff's Office spokesperson. William Scott Elligott, 49, of Colorado Springs, was skiing in the Gold Hill area with this 20-year-old daughter on Wednesday when he fell to his death, San Miguel County Sheriff's spokeswoman Susan Lilly said. To read more, click here.
--Skier visits are up 6.2 percent for the season and 3.8 percent for January and February for 21 ski resorts across the state, according to Colorado Ski Country USA. To read more, click here.
Notes from All Over:
--Military courts in Pakistan have sentenced 13 militants to death for terrorism-related offences including the 2013 massacre of 10 foreign mountaineers, the army said Tuesday. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) member Irfan Ullah was sentenced for the attack on the base camp at Nanga Parbat, Pakistan's second highest mountain, which shocked the world and scarred the country's climbing tourism industry. To read more, click here.
--A new study led by Eastern Kentucky University finds rock climbers have a significant economic impact in the Red River Gorge region of southeastern Kentucky. The Red River Gorge region is renowned for its rock climbing areas, which attract climbers from across the country and around the world. The study indicates climbers are a substantial economic force in the Red River Gorge, contributing $3.6 million annually. It also indicates that climber spending directly creates jobs and contributes to the local and state tax base. To read more, click here.
--Mad River Glen in Vermont has closed for the season due to lack of snow. To read more, click here.
--Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will be adding another Gondola. To read more, click here.
--This is a super cool Mt. Everest Tour of the South Col route.
--Canada's Ghost River in Alberta has had an access update. To read more, click here.
--The Access Fund has published a nice piece on what the development of National Monuments means for climbers. To read the article, click here.
--Snowboarding — which scarcely existed 30 years ago and took over ski resorts around the world seemingly overnight, adding 5 million participants in two decades — has tumbled to earth recently. As the sport has been abandoned by participants and advertisers, equipment sales and sponsorship opportunities for athletes have dipped below their peak numbers of five years ago. To read more, click here.