Thursday, June 6, 2019

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 6/6/19


--There was a fatality due to rockfall on Mt. Rainier's Liberty Ridge last week. Gripped is reporting that, "One climber was killed and two were injured when a rockfall occurred on Mount Rainier. Three other climbers were also caught in the rockfall, but weren’t injured. Mount Rainier National Park spokesman Kevin Bacher said the injured climbers were evacuated in a helicopter." To read more, click here.

Oregon's Smith Rock State Park

--A climber in Smith Rock suffered a 20-foot fall that resulted in injury on Saturday. A multi-agency response was required to evacuate the 20-year old woman. To read more, click here.


--The Supertopo forum -- which is very California oriented, but covers other places as well -- shut down on June 1st. The forum will be read only now. To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--Fox 31 is reporting that, "a climber fell 30 feet near the area of the Royal Arch Trail at the Flatirons Saturday afternoon." To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--A climber was injured last week at Connecticut's Ragged Mountain. To read more, click here.

--A climber was injured last week at Carderock in Maryland. To read more, click here.

--CNN is reporting that, "climbers scaling Europe's highest peak, Mont Blanc, without having booked a room in one of its shelters could face two years in prison and a €300,000 ($335,000) fine under new rules to limit overcrowding." To read more, click here.

--Canada's Ontario Alliance for Climbers just hosted a "Spring Fling" where they mentored climbers and taught people how to clean graffiti from the rocks. To read more, click here.

--Climbers should really respect the wishes of native peoples in regard to climbing on Wyoming's Devil's Tower. Climbing magazine is reporting that, "in 1995, the National Park Service instituted a voluntary climbing closure of Devils Tower during the month of June, the most sacred month for native ceremonies. The closure was enacted to set aside time for tribes to conduct ceremonies without interruption from climbers. It was instituted after extensive collaboration with the tribes and the climbing community, and it reflects a compromise that balances the needs of both communities. The closure was purposefully designed to be voluntary, in part to allow climbers the opportunity to show their respect to the Native American tribes that hold the tower sacred." To read more, click here.

--There's already smoke in Alberta's Bow Valley from wildfires...

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