Thursday, April 2, 2020

Climbing, Coronavirus and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 4/2/20

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--A teenage Canadian climber was rescued after falling on Mt. Hood this week. To read more, click here.

--They have stopped clearing the North Cascades Highway. From the Washington State Department of Transportation, "On March 26, Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar suspended most maintenance work due to COVID-19 safety concerns, and implemented an “Essential Maintenance” approach to further comply with the state’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order to safeguard public health. Under these guidelines, we have paused most maintenance across the state, including work to reopen the North Cascades Highway. Similar work pauses are occurring on Cayuse and Chinook Passes." To read more, click here.

--Mt. Hood National Forest is closing, everything. From OregonLive: "Closures will affect all trailheads, sno-parks, day-use areas, campgrounds, fire lookouts and cabins within the national forest." To read more, click here.

--Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has closed facilities and campgrounds, but the forest remains open.

--The Summit at Snoqualmie has closed uphill skiing.

--Washington State Parks are now completely closed. Early in the crisis, they only closed the campgrounds. To read more, click here.


--A couple of Yosemite locals are making coronavirus masks...

--Medium is reporting that, "Mono County, home of Mammoth Mountain, has the highest per capita COVID-19 rate in California; Data shows counties with ski resorts have higher rates than urban areas." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--Rescue crews were forced to respond to a skier triggered avalanche near Colorado's Telescope Mountain on Tuesday. To read more, click here.

--From March 27th:

--The National Parks Traveler is reporting that, "Though visitation to Zion National Park reportedly has fallen greatly since the park's campgrounds and lodge were closed, rangers on Thursday had to rescue two area residents who suffered injuries in the park." To read more, click here.

--Arches and Canyonlands are closed.

Notes from All Over:

--Jackson Hole News and Guide is reporting that, "Rescuers have yet to find the man who was buried in an avalanche on Taylor Mountain. The search will continue early Thursday morning. Members of the public are asked to avoid the Coal Creek parking area as it will be closed for search efforts. Skiers are asked to avoid Teton Pass altogether on Thursday." To read more, click here.

--The Billings Gazette is reporting on a climbing accident in Montana: "A man injured after an approximately 50-foot fall while rappelling in a remote area near the Stillwater River Trail was rescued over the weekend after about 12 hours of work from multiple first responder groups." To read more, click here.

--Snowking Mountain in Jackson is still open to skinners who keep their social distance. They have done a fundraiser to keep the groomer going. To read more, click here.

--But the reality is that regular operations in North American ski resorts are over, likely for the season.

--Here is an updated list of climbing area closures.

--Northern Michigan's Shaggy Skis has switched outdoor gear to medical mask production. To read more, click here. So has Outdoor Research. And others...!

--Teton Gravity Research is reporting that, "the section of trail leading up Tuckerman Ravine's Headwall is now closed to all use according to the Mt. Washington Avalanche Center. According to a press release,the section 'extends from Lunch Rocks to the top of the Headwall, where it meets the Alpine Garden Trail. The closure includes skiing and riding the Lip and Sluice.' If you don't know what any of those things are, then you probably should avoid Tuckerman Ravine." Over 400 people were trying to ski this over the weekend. To read more, click here.

--The Tokyo Olympics and climbing's big debut on the world stage has been postponed until 2021. To read more, click here.

--And finally, climbers in France are being fined for breaking quarantine and climbing.

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