Thursday, February 13, 2020

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 2/13/20


Ski patrollers and volunteers after the rescue at Mt. Baker Ski Area.

--A skier skiing the Mt. Baker Ski Area sidecountry became caught in an avalanche on Saturday in the Symphony Chutes. The female victim was washed into the Canyon area of the resort, buried and then quickly recovered. The victim survived and reported no injuries.

--Public News Service is reporting that, "The Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act would fund repairs sorely needed in the country's national park system. Deferred maintenance costs are nearly $12 billion, according to the National Park Service. Executive Director of Recreation Northwest, Todd Elsworth, says Washington state is fortunate to have three parks, but overdue repairs are a roadblock." To read more, click here.


--A 209-mile-an-hour gust of wind was recorded in the Eastern Sierra on Sunday. To read more, click here. UPDATE: Maybe it wasn't 209-miles-per-hour after all...

Desert Southwest:

--A missing hiker in Red Rock Canyon's Oak Creek Canyon, has been found deceased. To read more, click here.

--Entry fees for Red Rock Canyon will be waived for President's Day on Monday. Expect it to be busy...

Colorado and Utah:

--A skier at Steamboat died in a tree well entrapment incident over the weekend. To read more, click here.

--A skier suffered a heart attack and died at Breckenridge last week. To read more, click here.

--St. George News is reporting that, "Washington County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel responded to their 16th call this year Saturday evening to rescue a climber who had injured himself at the top of the area known as Island in the Sky in Snow Canyon State Park." To read more, click here.

--Deseret News is reporting that, "The U.S. Department of Interior approved final management plans for the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante areas on Thursday, a move critics say will open former monument lands to drilling, mining and other industry activity but one praised by top Utah politicians that it rightly restores multiple use of public lands." To read more, click here.

--The American Alpine Club is looking for a new CEO.

--Little Cottonwood Canyon was locked up tight last week as the avalanche hazard spiked. An avalanche even ripped down next to the lodge at Alta. To see a video about this, click here.

--Images of the lift lines in Vail went viral over the weekend. The lines stretched further than you could imagine. Check it out. Or check out this video, below:

--Vail did offered both explanations and an apology late yesterday.

--Wolves may be reintroduced to Colorado.

Notes from All Over:

--Snews is reporting on a tragedy at the outdoor footwear and apparel company, Timberland. "A 20-year-old security guard, Robert Pavao, was charged with second-degree murder on Monday for the stabbing death of a 46-year-old woman at the headquarters of Timberland, in Stratham, New Hampshire. The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon, with multiple law enforcement agencies, including a local SWAT team, responding to an emergency call around 4 p.m. EST." To read more, click here.

--A skier died after colliding with a tree in South Dakota. To read more, click here.

--Anchroage Daily News is reporting that, "a snowmachiner was buried in an avalanche and died Monday afternoon near Cooper Lake on the Kenai Peninsula, troopers said." To read more, click here.

--A climber was severely injured in an ice climbing fall on Wyoming's Broken Heart Falls. To read more, click here.

--Wyoming's White Pine Ski Resort is for sale.

--Liftblog is reporting that, "New York’s state-owned Olympic Regional Development Authority plans to spend a whopping $147 million to upgrade its facilities during 2020 and 2021.  Those venues include Belleayre, Gore Mountain, the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex and Whiteface, which together saw three new lifts over the last three years.  On Friday, the agency issued a formal request for proposal for three more fixed-grip quad chairlifts to be built over two years." To read more, click here.

--Sophie Turner's first television show following the blockbuster Game of Thrones looks like a mountain and wilderness survival epic. Check out the trailer below:

--Acadia National Park is going to implement a reservation system for driving on the Park's roads. To read more, click here.

--Gripped is reporting that, "German alpinist Fabi Buhl, 29, recently climbed the Ragni route up the west face of Cerro Torre and then paraglided off the summit. Buhl is the first climber to paraglide from the summit without using a helicopter to reach the top." To read more, click here.

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