Thursday, September 22, 2016

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 9/22/16


--The Register-Guard reports, "Authorities have recovered the body of a Portland, Oregon, man who went missing last fall during a climb of Colchuck Peak. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and a rescue team recovered the body of Adam Ochshorn from below the west buttress on Friday." To read more, click here.

--First Tracks reports that, "a massive new glacier ski resort planned for land just west of Jasper National Park, received a green light from the B.C. provincial government. Developers hope to have the CAN$175 million Valemount Glacier Destination Resort up and running by December 2017." To read more, click here.


Dr. Alfred Kwok

--Alfred Kowk, an AAI Alumnus, lost his life in a fall during a solo hiking trip this week. Kwok was a well known climber and physics/astronomy professor. Alfred was loved by both the Southern California climbing community as well as by the community at Pomona College. To read a remembrance, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--Climber Greg McKee lost his finger in a fall in Indian Creek recently. He was climbing Fingers in a Light Socket (5.11+) when he took a fall, leaving one finger in the crack. To read more, click here.

--It appears that you will now have to pay to camp at Indian Creek. To read more about this, click here. To read a funny take-down of climbers complaining, click here.

--Waste removal with helicopters created temporary closures at Zion National Park last week. To read more, click here.


--The Daily Camera reports, "Fitness enthusiasts will be able to "earn their turns" this ski season at Eldora. The Nederland resort, which was purchased in June by the Utah-based chain Powdr, will allow uphill skiing — also known as uphilling or alpine touring — this winter with a temporary rule change." To read more, click here.

--Madaleine Sorkin recently became the first woman to free The Honeymoon is Over (5.13c, V) on the Diamond on Longs Peak. To read about the ascent, click here.

News from All Over:

--Climber Kim Shmitz was killed in a single car accident on September 19th. To read about this man's extraordinary life, click here.

--Gripped Magazine is reporting that, "there was an avalanche on Mount Edith Cavell in Jasper National park that took two climbers for a 75-metre ride. Luckily, the climbers escaped with only minor injuries." To read more, click here.

--According to the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina, "A rock climber was injured in a fall at Pilot Mountain State Park Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The man, who was not identified, was climbing with a group near the park's parking area, Ranger Nick Bowman said." To read more, click here.

--The GearJunkie is reporting that "Kaiha “Wildcard Ninja” Bertollini may have just broke every record ever set on the Appalachian Trail. Not only would this be the fastest self-supported through-hike of the A.T. (beating Heather “Anish” Anderson’s 2015 record of 54 days), but it even tops every supported hike (beating ultra-running legend Karl Meltzer’s day-old record of 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes)." To read more, click here.

--The Banff Mountain Book Festival has announced finalists. To see the list, click here.

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