Thursday, May 2, 2019

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 5/2/19


--If there's any such thing as Bigfoot, he's safe in the Mt. Baker foothills. It's a Bigfoot Protection and Refuge Area. To read more, click here.

--The Seattle Times is reporting on a sad loss for the Seattle climbing community. "After 23 years of serving the outdoors community, gear retailer Ascent Outdoors has permanently closed its stores in Redmond and Ballard and its partner store, Ascent Cycles, also in Ballard. The company has made no official announcement, but last weekend, several patrons noticed their stores were closed and posted images on social media of a sign on the door of the Ballard location that stated it was 'no longer open for business.'" To read more, click here.


--The Yosemite Facelift will take place on September 24th. Information about the event can be found, here.

Desert Southwest:

--The Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive was closed for a period of time on Tuesday, while police tried to find and apprehend a suicidal woman who was armed. Eventually, she was located and taken into custody. To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--SGB Media is reporting that, "Vail Resorts reported season-to-date total lift ticket revenue at the company’s North American mountain resorts, including an allocated portion of season pass revenue for each applicable period, was up 9.3 percent compared to the prior year season-to-date period." To read more, click here.

--The outdoor industry is trying to limit single use plastic from its key event, the Outdoor Retailer Show. Ninety-six brands have signed onto the plastic impact alliance. To read more, click here.

--There is a move amongst some Colorado climbers to develop a better infrastructure for those dealing with grief after a friend or family member dies in the mountains. To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--High Country News is reporting that, "the Blackfeet Nation is trying to open its own national park
Members of the Blackfeet Nation want tourists to understand how the story of Glacier National Park is really the story of their nation." To read more, click here.

--The Nepalese are cracking down on the sale of faulty oxygen equipment to climbers who wish to climb Mt. Everest. To read more, click here.

--Montana's Bear Tooth Basin, a summer ski hill, is looking for support to help it stay open. To read more, click here.

--The New Yorker has a piece out about a crazy ski party in the Alps. To read the piece, click here.

--Here's a great piece on eight women who are changing the face of the climbing community.

--Outside ranked all the gear used on Game of Thrones. Check it out!

--Rock and Ice is reporting that, "The sport of climbing is growing rapidly in the United States and around the world. With this expansion comes responsibility from the community to ensure that the sport is open and inclusive to everyone no matter their race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. USA Climbing wants to become a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sport. USA Climbing announces the formation of a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force (DEITF) to best assess, identify, and implement changes to these areas in competitive and recreational climbing throughout the country." To read more, click here.

--So for what it's worth, there's a new Guinness record for the fastest person to run a marathon in ski boots...

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