Thursday, October 20, 2016

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 10/20/16


--The Idaho Statesman is reporting that, "A group of homeowners at Tamarack Resort has bought part of the financially troubled resort, ensuring it will be open to skiers this winter. The Tamarack Municipal Association also will control all skiing and summer and operations, including all six chairlifts and lodging, said the resort’s general manager, Brad Larsen." To read more, click here.

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--Tom Evans, the longstanding photographer who regularly chronicaled what happened on El Capitan with his lens, has retired. Over the years Evans took thousands of photos of climbers on El Cap, including some of AAI guides. These were published on his site, El Cap Report. He will be missed. To read more, click here and here.

--There are two new accident reports up on ClimbingYosemite. To read the reports, click here.

--In inspiring news, a parapalegic climber recently made an ascent of Zodiac on El Capitan. Enoch Glidden and his partners took five days to climb the route. To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--Red Rock Canyon is still under threat. Here's an article about what's going on...

--The October Fire on Mt. Charleston near Las Vegas increased by two acres overnight and is now at 27 acres. The fire is located southeast of Mary Jane Falls near Big Falls on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) near Las Vegas. The October Fire was reported at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, and the cause has been determined to be an escaped illegal campfire. To read more, click here.

--Red Rock Rendezvous will take place from March 24 to 27. This is the premire climbing event of the year. Early registration is now open. Early registration allows you to save money and while also providing you with better clinic options than when you register closer to Rendezvous! To register for the event, click here.

--It is possible that Zion National Park will start to limit tourists. There is no word yet on how this will impact climbers. To read more, click here.

--So a random dude built a random monument to Woodrow Wilson behind his house in the desert. Randomly, it turns out that he built it inside Joshua Tree National Park. Weird. To read more, click here.


--Neptune Mountaineering, one of the staples of the climbing and skiing communities in Boulder, is facing eviction. The Daily Camera reports that the beloved outdoor retailer owes $70,000 in unpaid rent. To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--The Access Fund and American Alpine Club are pleased to announce the 2016 Anchor Replacement Fund grant awards. Now in its second year, the Anchor Replacement Fund was launched to address the growing concerns of anchor failure and the access issues that could result from these incidents. Across the United States, bolts installed in the 80s and 90s are aging, and there is an immediate need to address inadequate fixed anchors and increase support for the growing number of local organizations and national partners that are tackling this problem. To read more, click here.

Bigfoot's hiding at the airport shoping mall in Seattle.
It is currently illegal to hunt at the airport.

--So apparently Bigfoot hunting is legal in Texas, but not California... To read more, click here.

--Are pay to climb resorts the future of climbing? We hope not. But here is an article by Climbing magazine on that topic.

--It's not a bad time to support the American Safe Climbing Association. Donations prior to November 1st will be matched by Planet Granite. To read more, click here.

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