Thursday, June 1, 2017

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 6/1/17


--It appears that a 20-year-old student was killed in a fall off the Goat Wall in Mazama on Monday. The fatality is believed to be due to a rappelling error while simul-rappelling. Reports indicate that the young climber was on Sisyphus (5.11a, III) and that he rappelled off the end of his rope. To read more, click here.

--There are some angry people out there...and sometimes they hang out at frontcountry campgrounds. The Tacoma News Tribune is reporting the tragic news that, "A 20-year-old man who was intentionally run over at a campground after an argument over a vehicle driving recklessly has died of his injuries, authorities said." To read more, click here. UPDATE: The News Tribune is reporting that, "James D. Walker was arrested Tuesday and booked into Grays Harbor County Jail. He appeared in Grays Harbor County court on Wednesday afternoon, and a judge set bail at $750,000." To read  more, click here.

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--King TV is reporting that, "a climber is in the hospital after being rescued from a crevasse on Mount Rainier. Mount Rainier National Park officials say three people climbed the mountain on Saturday and were descending on skis and snowboards when a 24-year-old female fell about 100 feet (30 meters) into a crevasse on the Emmons Glacier on the mountain's east side at an elevation of about 12,300 feet (3,750 meters)." To read more, click here.

--Local Washington Climber Colin Haley may have set a new speed record on Mt. Rainier's Liberty Ridge. He and his partners completed the route in 9 hours and 11 minutes, car-to-car. To read more, click here.

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--The Sierra Wave is reporting that, "The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved a long-term camping permit program for developed campgrounds in the Eastern Sierra. Under the program, visitors may purchase recreation use permits, which allow camping beyond the established 14 day stay limit for campgrounds managed by the Bishop Field Office. Long-term permits are now available for camping within the Tuttle Creek, Goodale Creek, Horton Creek, and Pleasant Valley Pit campgrounds in Inyo County, and the Crowley Lake Campground in Mono County." To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--Alpinist is reporting that Colorado Climbing Ranger, "Quinn Brett made what is likely the first female free ascent of Spaceshot (IV 5.13a, 9 pitches) on the Leaning Wall in Zion National Park, Utah, on May 1-2. She led all the pitches with Max Barlerin in support." To read more, click here.

--Apparently a UK-based parkour team representing sport clothing line Storror Parkour recently visited Joshua Tree National Park and broke...well, every rule they could think of to break. They use a drone in a national park, they run on Joshua Trees, they burn Joshua Trees, they build fires outside fire pits up against the rocks which leaves carbon all over them, and they pirate camp. Since the story broke, the team's video has been removed from YouTube. To read more, click here.


--The Denver Post is reporting that, "Colorado’s congressional representatives are trying to name two peaks in the southwestern part of the state after two local climbers who died in an avalanche in Asia. The state’s two senators, Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, and Rep. Scott Tipton have introduced a bill renaming the as yet unnamed 13,000-foot peaks after Charlie Fowler and Chris Boskoff. The two were killed in 2006 while climbing a remote massif on the border of China and Tibet." To read more, click here.


--AAI Denali Team 2 is at 14 camp, AAI Denali Team 3 is at 11,000-feet. And AAI Denali Team 4 is at Camp I. To read more about AAI's Denali Teams, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--Gripped magazine is reporting that, Opal Ridge Traverse is a popular scramble in Kananaskis Country in the Canadian Rockies near Calgary. The ridge is around 10 kilometres long and is considered (or was considered) a difficult scramble. It appears that someone has bolted artificial gym climbing holds onto a steep section of the scramble and the internet is not happy." To read more, click here.

--Climbing has a good round-up of all the weird stuff going on on Everest this year. In short, there were record crowds. There was a speed record. And there were rumors of a missing Hillary Step. To read the round-up, click here.

--There's a new Hollywood produced mountain film coming out. The Mountain Between Us features big name actors like Idris Elba and Kate Winslet. It looks like it could be okay... But we don't generally trust Hollywood to get the mountains right. Check out the trailer below:

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