Thursday, February 11, 2021

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 2/11/2021

Avalanche Fatalities:

--This has been an incredibly tough year. Please be safe out there...


--Snow Brains is reporting that, "two backcountry skiers from Ashland, OR, were caught in an avalanche around 2 pm Wednesday (Feb 3) near Etna Summit, CA, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team. One of the skiers was able to self-rescue, while the other unfortunately died. He has been identified as 35-year-old Brook Golling." To read more, click here.

--The Daily Beast is reporting that, "A Washington State Patrol trooper was killed Monday by an avalanche while snowmobiling, the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday. Steve Houle, 51, was a 28-year veteran of the patrol, and out riding with another man when he became stuck in the avalanche." To read more, click here.

--The Seattle Times is reporting that, "Washington State Parks opened three temporary Sno-Parks along the Interstate 90 corridor this week to better accommodate a surge of visitors to the Cascades this winter as local residents seek outdoor recreation options during the colder months." To read more, click here.

--A man in Field, British Columbia, successfully rescued an elk that was hit by an avalanche. Check it out, here.


--The Sierra Wave is reporting that, "The Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office are holding a virtual public meeting to gather input for potential off-highway vehicle grant funding requests." To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--A man missing for 49-days in the Grand Canyon has just been found...alive! To read about it, click here.

--AAI Guide Lor Sabourin has just become the first non-binary climber to send a 5.14a on trad gear. They completed a line called East Coast Fist Bump in Sedona. To read about it, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--Four backcountry skiers were killed in an avalanche in Mill Creek Canyon on the northeast face of Wilson's Glade. This can be found just outside Salt Lake City. To read more, click here.

--Park Record is reporting that, "Park City Mountain Resort has indefinitely closed its backcountry gates, significantly curtailing backcountry skiing access to public lands from the Wasatch Back in the wake of two recent avalanche deaths just outside its boundaries." To read more, click here.

--There has been a breakout of COVID-19 at Winter Park among the ski resort employees. To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--A skier was rescued by the Coast Guard in Alaska after being mauled by a bear. To read more, click here.

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