Thursday, June 13, 2019

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 6/13/19


--A team of four was rescued off of Mt. Rainier last week. To read more, click here.

--An Oregon-based Bigfoot researcher put a lot of faith in a hair and skin sample he found almost 40-years ago. A DNA report finally came back...and he found himself -- once again -- disappointed by the results. To read more, click here.

--The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival World Tour will take place at the Pickford in Bellingham on June 24th. To read more, click here.


--The Sierra Wave is reporting that, "the Alabama Hills can be viewed from two different perspectives. For indigenous people and other locals, the Hills are a special place of beauty, a piece of art that took the earth eons to craft. For a growing number of visitors, it’s a unique place to come and play. The issue facing the Bureau of Land Management and stakeholders is developing a management plan that, according to BLM Bishop Field Manager Steve Nelson, balances use and conservation." To read more, click here.


--The Los Angeles Times is reporting that, "An abandoned iron mine on the doorstep of Joshua Tree National Park could be repurposed as a massive hydroelectric power plant under a bill with bipartisan support in the state Legislature." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--ABC 4 is reporting that, "An injured climber was rescued after a fall on the West Slabs area of Mount Olympus. The Salt Lake County Search and Rescue team said they got a call at 6 p.m. reporting an injured climber in a steep, narrow section at the bottom of the West Slabs." To read more, click here.

--The American Alpine Institute is part of this. From SWS News: "The massive collaborative effort to eliminate single-use plastic from Outdoor Retailer continues to gain steam, with less than two weeks until show time. Of the 200+ members of the Plastic Impact Alliance about 120 of them are exhibitors at OR and will be hosting in-booth water stations where attendees can stop and refill their bottles." To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--This isn't a very fun story from Anchorage Daily News. "Alaska’s glaciers are melting so fast they’re making sea levels rise — and creating a new tourism market even as warming trends make it increasingly difficult to access vanishing ice." To read more, click here.

--Outside has broken down the best park in every state, and they prioritized the lack of crowds. Check it out!

--Climate change is causing human waste to melt out of the glacier on Denali. Gross. To read more, click here.

--This is cool. From the Veteran's Administration: "Many Veterans, with a service connected disability rating, are entering Federal parks for free with the Lifetime National Parks Access Pass from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Good for entry into 400+ National Parks and over 2,000 recreation sites across the country, the Lifetime Access Pass is another way a grateful nation says thank you for the service and sacrifices of Veterans with disabilities." To read more, click here.

--The Ministry of Tourism in Nepal is helping climbers fake summit claims on Mt. Everest. To read more, click here.

Is this thing really "worth" $1500? Probably not...

--Yeah, so there's a $1500 chalk bag out there. To read more, click here.

--There's a new four pitch 5.6 above Banff. Check it out!

--New BD Z4 Cams...? Yes, please.

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