Thursday, April 25, 2019

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 4/25/19

Climate Advocacy:

--Will Gadd is working with climate scientists to help them understand the impact of climate change on the mountain environment. To read more, click here.


--A female climber was rescued this week after suffering bilateral broken ankles after sustaining a fall at Little Si near North Bend. To read more, click here.

Smith Rock State Park

--There was an accident in Smith Rock this week. News Channel 21 reports that, "A 24-year-old Smith Rock climber from Portland fell about 20 feet Monday morning, prompting a three-hour rescue effort and trip to the hospital for treatment, Redmond Fire officials said." To read more, click here.

--The Seattle Times is reporting that, "trailhead Direct, the popular transit-to-trails service that connects city dwellers to nearby hiking destinations, will return this week with even more pickup locations and trailheads." To read more, click here.

--AAI's Executive Director, Jason Martin, was interviewed for this article on climate change and its effect on the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.


--The Sierra Wave is reporting on the "state of the Inyo National Forest." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--An 18-year-old climber is recovering after she was fell rappelling in Wasatch Mountain State Park in Utah. To read more, click here.

--Teton Gravity Research is reporting that, "with an unprecedentedly snowy winter in Colorado, avalanche mitigation was more essential than ever to keep Coloradan skiers/snowboarders, drivers, and residents safe. According to KDVR, CDOT used 1,500 ordinances this winter and were forced to mitigate zones they haven't touched in decades. However, there is growing concern around the devices that failed to detonate and were labeled as 'duds'." To read more, click here.

--Everybody selected to work on the Bears Ears Monument committee is critical of the existence of the monument. The Access Fund and other conservation groups were not given a voice. To read more, click here.

--Planet Mountain is reporting that, "Jeremy Collins and Jarod Sickler have made the first ascent of Moonshadow, a big new climb to the right of the famous Moonlight Buttress in Zion" To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--The bodies of Jess Roskelley, Hansjörg Auer, and David Lama have been recovered off of Alberta's Howse Peak. It appears that the trio were killed on descent. To read more, click here.

--The Boston Globe is reporting that, "A skier Monday survived a fall into a waterfall hole on Mount Washington in New Hampshire, less than two weeks after a 32-year-old man died in an avalanche on the mountain, officials said." To read more, click here.

--Climbing is reporting that, "the 2020 Games will take place in and around Tokyo, Japan, beginning on Friday, July 24, 2020, and concluding with the closing ceremonies on Sunday, August 9. Of note is that Saturday, August 8, will feature more than two dozen event finals." To read more, click here.

--In Jackson Hole, four skiers are facing potential jail time for ducking the rope and entering closed backcountry terrain. The group had to be rescued in dangerous conditions. To read more, click here.

--Lodging costs in the national parks are skyrocketing!

--The Access Fund is reporting that, "last week, David Bernhardt was confirmed as Secretary of the Department of Interior (DOI), the agency that manages 500 million acres of public land in the United States and oversees the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management. About 30% of America’s climbing areas are located on DOI lands, including iconic climbing areas like Yosemite, New River Gorge, Joshua Tree, Red Rock, and Indian Creek. So, what can we expect from Bernhardt on recreation and public lands conservation?" To read more, click here.

--This is cool. Outside compiled a breakdown of all the articles they've published about raising adventurous and environmentally conscious kids.

--Gripped is reporting on a new line in Alaska. "Jackson Marvell and Alan Rousseau recently made the first ascent of Ruth Gorge Grinder AI6+ M7, 1,500 metres, on Mount Dickey." To read more, click here.

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