Thursday, May 31, 2018

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 5/31/18


--The body of a snowboarder missing since January was found in Mt. Baker Ski area last week. To read more, click here.

--A climber was killed in a fall on Mt. Adams this week. To read more, click here.

--A climber was injured in a fall on Mt. Hood on Saturday. To read more, click here.

--Oregon Live is reporting that, "The family of a 32-year-old fallen climber who died after waiting several hours for a helicopter rescue on Mount Hood filed a $10 million lawsuit Monday against Clackamas County. The lawsuit claims the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and Clackamas County 911 were responsible for a series of missteps that contributed to a more than four-hour delay in rescuing John Thornton Jenkins on May 7, 2017." To read more, click here.

--The tragic death of a mountain biker near North Bend, Washington has a lot of people wondering why a cougar attacked and killed the man. Outside Online has brought together all the theories. Read them, here.

--There will be two Adopt-a-Crag style events in the coming weeks. The first is on June 2nd. This will be a project working on the approach trail to 3 O'Clock Rock in Darrington. And the second will be at Little Si on June 16. To read more about the Darrington project, click here. To learn more about the Little Si project,  click here.


--There have been two fatalities on Mt. Whitney this month. To read more, click here.

--Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell brought the Nose speed record down to two hours and ten minutes this week. They are literally running up the mountain. To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--A climber was killed after suffering a 60-foot fall in Southern Utah. To read more, click here.

--The popularity of Joshua Tree National Park is taking a toll on rescue workers. To read more, click here.


--Charlotte Fox, one of the survivors of the 1996 Everest Disaster, died in Telluride this week. To read more, click here.

--Brady Robinson, the tireless crusader, is stepping down from his position as Executive Director at the Access Fund. The organization has nearly tripled in size under Robinson's leadership. To read more, click here.


--AAI Team 2 has moved to 17,000-feet on Denali. Team 3 and 4 are at the 14,000-foot camp. And Team 5 is at the 11,000-foot camp. To read more about AAI's expeditions, click here.

--Human waste is a real issue on Denali. AAI's Wyatt Evanson was recently interviewed by Rock and Ice about the subject. To read the article, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--Brette Harrington and Rose Pearson put up a huge route on Mt. Blane in the Canadian Rockies. To read more, click here.

--Two lynxes were caught on video in an intense conflict near Avery Lake in Ontario, Canada. It is recommended that you watch this awesome video with the sound on. It is a very interesting encounter.

--There is something to the way that sponsors have reacted to the boorish behavior of Joe Kinder toward Sasha Digiulian. Kinder created a fake name to harass Digiulian online. It became public and sponsors fled. But maybe the reaction is too focused on Kinder and doesn't take into account the way that we as climbers ignore all kinds of things that we should be aware of and actively reacting too to make our culture and environment better. That's the point of an awesome piece by Chris Kalman at the Outdoor Journal.

--The Hillary Step on Mt. Everest is definitely gone. Check it out, here.

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