Thursday, July 13, 2017

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 7/13/17


--The NPS is reporting that "searchers have been unable to locate a skier who is believed to have fallen through a snowbridge into Pebble Creek on July 3, 2017. While skiing from Camp Muir to Paradise, a 30-year old male from Washington State fell into a hole that spanned the rushing water of Pebble Creek. Using an avalanche probe, his partner searched for two hours before completing his descent to Paradise to report the incident." To read more, click here.

--The Vernon Morning Star is reporting that, "A climber who fell off a cliff in the Bear Cave Crags area north of the Myra Canyon Adventure Park southeast of Kelowna, was airlifted to hospital Sunday evening." Kelowna is in southwest British Columbia. To read more, click here.

--The Statesman Journal is reporting that, "The U.S. Forest Service is proposing sweeping new rules that would limit the number of people allowed into five of Oregon’s most popular wilderness areas. A sharp increase in crowds — and environmental damage that’s followed — has led the agency to propose major changes to the way people access Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington, Three Sisters, Waldo Lake and Diamond Peak wilderness areas." To read more, click here.

--As the Pacific Crest Trail gains in popularity, the Oregon Coast Trail is starting to see a lot more action. People who are trying to avoid the crowds are checking out this other scenic trail. To read more, click here.

--Some climbers in Seattle helped rescue a dog off a bluff! To read more, click here.


--The Sierra Wave is reporting that, "On Thursday July 6th, 2017 the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified by a group of Pacific Crest Trail hikers that a body was discovered approximately 300 feet off the Bishop Pass trail in a talus slope. The morning of July 7th, a recovery operation was initiated with aerial support provided by Sequoia and Kings National Park. After transporting the remains to the Inyo County Coroner, the body was officially identified as Robert “Bob” Woodie, a 74-year old missing hiker from Manhattan Beach, CA." To read more, click here.
--Two Search and Rescue volunteers working to extract an injured hiker from the Pacific Crest Trail were robbed at gunpoint over the weekend. To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--CNN is reporting that, "National outdoor retailer REI is urging its customers to challenge Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over proposed plans to review what public lands will continue to receive monument classification and federal funding." In particular there is concern about the new Bear's Ears National Monument. To read more, click here.


--The Aspen Daily News is reporting that, "our members of Mountain Rescue Aspen, a sheriff’s deputy and a helicopter pilot resumed Thursday the search for missing climber David Cook.
He was reported as overdue on Sept. 19, having set out on a solo climbing and camping trip in the Maroon Bells wilderness. Large-scale ground and aerial searches over eight days were conducted, but failed to locate Cook." To read more, click here.

--Rock and Ice magazine is hiring.

Notes from All Over:

--GQ can't get a break and probably shouldn't be given one. Last year they did their infamous photo shoot of guys climbing while girls watched. This of course was crushed by our friends at Outdoor Research with their awesome response. And now they have Brad Pitt running around in National Parks wearing clothing worth many thousands of dollars while rolling in the sand and walking in swamps. Jeff Bartlett at Roots Rated Labs responded with,"Brad Pitt in America's National Parks" Is Part of a Larger Problem with How We Use Our Parks.

--Professional rock climber Sasha DiGullian wrote an awesome editorial about how some outdoor sportwear companies choose female models over female athletes. To read the article, click here.

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