Thursday, March 7, 2019

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 3/7/19


--There's been another ski well death in the PNW. This time at Mt. Bachelor. To read more, click here.

--A group of young skiers saved a boy dangling from a chairlift on Grouse Mountain last week. The teen skiers used a out-of-bounds net to catch the skier as he fell. To see a video of this, watch below:

--Gripped has a nice editorial out now about place names and how patently offensive names should change. To read the article, click here.

--There are some peregrine nesting closures in Newhalem. To read more, click here.

--Gripped is reporting that, "top ice climber Will Gadd, West Coast local Chris Jensen and photographer Peter Hoang have made the first ascent of Della Falls in Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island. Della Falls is considered the highest waterfall in Canada at 440 metres and has been the talk of focus of many conversations among climbers as to whether it completely freezes." To read more, click here.


--The lottery for Half Dome Hiking permits will be available on March 13th. To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park was put on paid leave after there were several complaints about the way she was operating in her position. She has been cleared of wrongdoing, but isn't back at work yet. To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--7 abc is reporting on an avalanche that killed a backcountry skier. "Search and rescue crews have recovered the body of a backcountry skier who went missing near Telluride. Deputies with San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office, search and rescue personnel and Telluride Helitrax launched a ground and air search Sunday evening for an unidentified overdue skier in the Matterhorn area, south of Telluride. The sheriff's office confirmed there had been avalanche activity in the area." To read more, click here.

--Bloomberg is reporting that, "For the past 100 years, Colorado’s Grand Valley rode the wave of commodity prices—from uranium to oil shale to natural gas. Now, the region is staking its survival on another natural resource: the great outdoors." To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--This is a very interesting piece on PTSD in climbing rangers in Grand Teton National Park...

--CNBC is reporting that, ""he most visited national park in the nation will now be run by a woman for the first time in its 85-year history. Tennessee native Lisa Hendy will become the Great Smokey Mountains National Park's chief ranger in April and help look after the 522,419 acres of protected land that runs between Tennessee and North Carolina." To read more, click here.

--The UIAA is now accepting applications for the Mountain Protection Award. From the UIAA: Since 2013, the UIAA Mountain Protection Award has showcased 106 projects from over 30 countries. The platform has enabled initiatives to receive international recognition and much-needed funding. It has provided an opportunity to exchange ideas and share best practices. Investment generated by the Award has helped projects advance in meeting key targets such as building infrastructures to improve the lives and conditions of mountain people and communities." To read more, click here. Following is a short video about the award:

--A skier near Jackson Hole triggered an avalanche that went over the road last week. To read the skier's account, click here. Here's an editorial about the toxic ski culture on Teton Pass.

--And finally, a dog made an ascent of a 7000-meter Himalayan peak. Before you judge, read the article. Nobody forced the dog to do it. To check it out, click here.

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