Thursday, November 1, 2018

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 11/1/18


--ABC News is reporting that, "A phone call from a concerned woman likely saved the life of a hiker from Germany who was attempting to travel through the Cascade Mountains to the Canadian border without proper gear as snow and cold hit the region, authorities said." To read more, click here.

--Crosscut is reporting that, "climate change could spell double trouble for national parks: A new study, published last week in the journal Environmental Research Letters, says that these areas are heating up twice as fast than the U.S. as a whole. This includes high-mountain parks like those in the Pacific Northwest, where the loss of glaciers creates a ripple effect across ecosystems, which compounds warming and threats to wildlife and plant communities." To read more, click here.


--The Sierra Wave has printed a "State of the Inyo Forest" article. The article breaks down all the campgrounds that are now closed and road closures. To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--Starting today, November 1st, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Scenic Drive will be on it's winter schedule and will be open from 6am to 5pm. To read more, click here.

--The boardwalk area in Red Springs in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is closed and will be rebuilt this fall. To read more, click here.

A climber rappelling off the Panty Wall in Red Rock Canyon.

--The Las Vegas Review Journal is reporting that, "An environmental nonprofit can proceed to trial with its lawsuit aimed at stopping the Clark County Commission from approving the development of thousands of homes overlooking the Red Rock Canyon, a judge has ruled." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--An early desert tower climber, Huntly Ingalls, has died at the age of 90. Ingalls was on the first ascents of classics like the Castleton Tower, the Titan, Standing Rock, and North Six Shooter. To read more, check out

--The St. George News is reporting that the Lava Point Road in Zion National Park will be closed for repairs. This will likely have an impact on other roads entering the Park. To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--Rocky Mountain Outlook is reporting on one of the first avalanches of the season. "Three backcountry skiers had a lucky escape after an avalanche carried them 100 metres down a gully on Mount Patterson in Banff National Park on Monday (Oct. 29). One of the skiers, Cam McLellan, sustained a head injury and was taken by ambulance to Banff’s Mineral Springs Hospital, while his two buddies Noah Bangle and Jeremy Laporte sustained minor injuries." To read more, click here.

--A climber was injured at the Linville Gorge area of North Carolina this week. To read more, click here.

--GearJunkie is reporting that, "The north face of Grandes Jorasses offers 3,937 feet of rock climbing. Dani Arnold broke the speed record this summer, completing the Cassin route in 2 hours 4 minutes without a rope." To read more, click here. To see a video about the ascent, click below:

--Gripped is reporting on a cool new four pitch 5.9 near Canmore. To read more, click here.

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