--What began as a relatively routine ascent to the top of Pigeon Spire in Bugaboo Provincial Park, quickly turned into a fight between life and death for Ryan Titchener, one of Jasper’s most experienced alpine guides. Around 8:45 a.m. on July 15, Titchener and his girlfriend, Tereza Turecká, were making their way along the west ridge of Pigeon Spire when a 300 kg boulder came lose crushing Titchener, severely injuring the 32-year-old Jasperite. To read more, click here.
--A 27-year-old Kirkland man was injured Tuesday when he fell about 200 feet while climbing at the 8,200-foot level of Mount Stuart. Peter D. Prosch-Jensen was in satisfactory condition Wednesday morning at Central Washington Hospital. He was lifted off the mountain about 8:15 p.m. by a helicopter from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, according to a news release from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. To read more, click here.
--A 57-year-old south-central Idaho man who slid 300 feet down an ice slope while climbing Idaho's highest peak has been rescued. Kent Blau of Declo slid on the ice on 12,667-foot Borah Peak on Sunday afternoon before stopping at a shale slide below. To read more, click here.
--The Inyo National Forest is expanding fire restrictions to include wilderness areas of the Inyo National Forest. Previously, certain wilderness areas had been exempted. To read more, click here.
--This is insane! A couple of climbers stumbled into a hostage situation in Independence Pass last week. Their presence confused the gunman and allowed a hostage to escape and the police to move in. To read more, click here.
Notes from All Over:
--A climber who was missing for a week was discovered in Canada's Yoho National Park. The uninjured climber was found by a search helicopter a short time after a dog found his gloves. To read more, click here.
--It's official. Climbing will be in the next summer Olympics! To read more, click here.
--In March, Fabian Buhl made the first winter ascent solo of the Wetterbockwand, a 5.14 alpine rock climb in the Austrian Alps. Alpinist has an exclusive on the ascent, here.
--Ben Dare and Steve Skelton recently completed a first ascent on Peru's infamous Taulliraju mountain. To read about the ascent, click here.