Thursday, July 12, 2018

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 7/12/18


--An injured climber was rescued off Oregon's Broken Top Mountain this week. It appears that a rock dislodged and the female climber fell approximately 25-feet on moderate angle terrain. The rock rolled over her. To read more, click here.

--A climber with a broken arm was rescued off Mt. Baker this week. To read more, click here.

--Objective hazards on the Disappointment Clever of Mt. Rainier seem to be growing. On Monday, there was a major icefall event on the route. To read more, click here.

--The people responsible for several trailhead break-ins in Mazama and near Washington Pass have been captured. To read more, click here.


--The Whitney Portal was evacuated this week due to a nearby wildfire. To read more, click here.

--Specifically, the Gorges Fire is threatening Whitney Portal. The most recent report shows it to be 30% contained. To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--Watch out for target shooters in the desert...

A climber on Johnny Vegas (5.7, II) in Red Rock Canyon.

--The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area has recently announced that it will accept online or phone reservations for single campsites. This will make it easier for people to plan trips to Red Rocks and know beforehand that they will have a campground. To read more, click here.


--The Denver Post is reporting that, "A 31-year-old Denver man fell to his death Saturday while climbing a boulder near Navajo Peak in the Brainard Lake Recreational Area, authorities say." To read more, click here.

--The Denver Post is reporting that, "Two mountain goats were poached on Quandary Peak last week, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering a $1,000 reward for any information about who shot and killed the animals. The two young, male goats were found shot to death Tuesday afternoon about 2.8 miles up the Quandary Peak Trail, according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife news release." To read more, click here.

--Fox 31 is reporting that, "A climber who went off-course while seeking a shortcut had to be rescued from Capitol Peak on Tuesday, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said." To read more, click here.

--Teton Gravity Research notes that, "on June 21st, a jury reached the verdict that Vail Resorts was not responsible for the death of 13-year-old Taft Conlin in an in-bounds avalanche. The decision was based on courtroom testimonies from skiers and patrollers regarding closure of the Upper and Lower Prima Cornices. But yesterday, a former Vail ski patroller, Michael Beckley, stated that the entire cornice should have been closed, in an open letter published by Vail Daily. Beckley worked at the resort for years as a ski instructor, a snowcat driver, and finally as a ski patroller. To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--The Twin Cities Pioneer Press is reporting that, "The St. Croix River cliffs at Taylors Falls, Minn., nearly claimed a life Monday when a 23-year-old man fell while rock climbing, according to the Chisago County sheriff’s office. Nicholas Walberg was listed in critical condition Tuesday night, according to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, after witnesses told authorities he slipped while attempting to climb the rocky gorge in Interstate State Park on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix." To read more, click here.

--A stuck climber was rescued near Provo, Utah this week. To read more, click here.

--The Washington Post is reporting on the continued problems for recreation on public lands under the current administration. "The National Park Service does not have one. Neither does the Bureau of Land Management. Same goes for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. None of those three land management agencies, which together oversee more than 480 million acres of surface area nationwide, according to figures on their websites, have received a permanent director during the nearly 18 months since Donald Trump became president. Instead, those agencies are being run by temporary “acting” officials — people not formally nominated by President Trump and who do not require confirmation by the Senate." To read more, click here.

--Outdoor clothing companies don't do a good job representing people of all shapes and sizes. To read more, click here.

The Piolet d'Or

--The Lifetime Achievement Award for the prestigious Piolet d'Or award has never been presented to a woman. Gripped has a great article on five women who definitely deserve the award. To read more, click here.

--Holy sites are often sought out be recreationalists who don't understand the cultural meaning of an area. This can have a negative impact on local communities and on the recreationalist. To read more, click here.

--Apparently people are paying a premium to go glamping inside New York City. To read more, click here.

--And finally, Outside has a piece on a guy who got attacked by a bear, bit by a rattlesnake and bit by a shark, all within a three-year period. To read the piece, click here.

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