Thursday, December 14, 2017

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 12/14/17


--A missing backcountry skier was found in good condition on Monday near Revelstoke, British Columbia. To read more, click here.


--Fox 40 is reporting that, "While snowboarding at Sierra-at-Tahoe Thursday, a man crashed into a fence and was killed. The 23-year-old snowboarder was on an intermediate trail around 1:15 p.m. when the incident occurred, according to Thea Hardy with Sierra-at-Tahoe." To read more, click here.

--There was a serious climber injury in the Owens River Gorge on Saturday. A female climber fell from just above the third bolt on China Doll (5.8), dropped 35-feet and hit the ground. It's likely that the ground-fall was due to poor belaying. It's unclear whether the injured party will make a full recovery. To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--Reuters is reporting that, "A U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower-court ruling keeping a ban on uranium mining around the Grand Canyon, but also upheld a separate decision allowing a uranium mine nearby to open." To read more, click here.

--The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that, "According to a May 25 letter obtained by The Washington Post, Utah’s primary uranium producer and waste processor, Colorado-based Energy Fuels Resources (EFR), implored Interior officials to trim Bears Ears National Monument in ways that protect its assets just outside the monument’s periphery, which included the country’s last operating uranium mill." To read more, click here.

--The Access Fund will sue the government to protect Bears Ears. To read more, click here.

--Red Rock Rendezvous will take place between March 16 and 19, 2018. This is a great chance to rub elbows with guides and athletes and to learn all kinds of new skills. For more information, click here.  Please also consider climbing with an AAI guide before or after the event!

--Service dogs in Joshua Tree National Park will now need to have permits that they are valid service dogs. To read more, click here.


--Rocky Mountain National Park climbing ranger, Quinn Brett is in the process of recovering from a severe fall in Yosemite that has left her paralyzed. CBS Denver has posted a piece on her recovery. To watch it or read an article on Quinn, click here.

--Lyft is going to start to service Colorado ski areas. To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--The New Hampshire Union Leader is reporting that, "U.S. Forest Service snow rangers hope Mount Washington’s first avalanche of the season will be a catalyst for a newly launched initiative to teach school kids and the public how to be safer on the highest peak in the Northeast. Frank Carus, the lead snow ranger, said two climbers were uninjured after triggering “a small avalanche” on Dec. 1 in Central Gully in Huntington Ravine, on the northeast side of the mountain." To read more, click here.

An ice climber in the Canadian Rockies.

--Apparently there have been some issues and conflicts over ice climbing ethics in the Canadian Rockies this season. Here is a short list of things ice climbers should consider to be responsible users.

--And finally, this week we have a piece from the Onion about a man who keeps his keys on a carabiner and must rappel into his office building every day. To read the piece, click here.

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