--One climber has likely died from hypothermia and exposure on Mount Rainier after he and his climbing partner were caught in a winter storm over the weekend, a spokeswoman with Mount Rainier National Park said. A Chinook helicopter crew and other rescue teams were working Monday to reach the 58-year-old man from Norway. He and a 41-year-old Canadian woman apparently took shelter at about 11,000 feet when a fierce winter storm hit the mountain Saturday evening, park spokeswoman Patti Wold said. To read more,click here.
--At Mount Rainier National Park, Mother Nature can undo even the best laid plans. Even months before a trip. An early March storm critically damaged the park’s wilderness permit reservation system, leaving the park unable to process an estimated 2,000 requests for this year, park superintendent Randy King said Wednesday. Instead, all wilderness permits, including those for the park’s iconic 93-mile Wonderland Trail, will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. To read more, click here.
--The skier who allegedly pushed a snowboarder off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands in January is planning to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, according to statements made by his attorney in a Colorado courtroom. To read more, click here.
--A skier barely escaped with his life after triggering an avalanche near Vail. To read more, click here.
Notes from All Over:
--A climber has died after falling from Gibraltar Rock in the mountains above Santa Barbara.
The 20-year old fell 100 feet at the popular climbing area. To read more, click here.