Thursday, March 11, 2021

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 3/11/21


--The snowpack in the North Cascades is 130% of normal. From the Bellingham Herald: "Deep mountain snowpack and a cool, wet spring could shorten the summer hiking season in the mountains by two weeks or more, according to long-range weather forecasts and historical data." To read more, click here.

--This is really cool. From Snowbrains: "Tamarack Resort, located in Idaho, announced on March 3rd that they would provide free year-round passes to students K-12 who are enrolled in the surrounding Valley County and New Meadows schools. Hosting skiing during the winter and mountain biking during the summer, these free passes to Tamarack Resort will enhance accessibility while fostering inclusivity in the outdoor sports world." To read more, click here.

--Gripped is reporting that, "On March 4, Christina Lusti and Ian McIntosh made the first descent of the east face of Mount Nelson west of Invermere in southeastern B.C. The 3,313-metre peak’s massive eastern aspect was skied for 750 metres down 50- to 55-degree slopes." To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--The body of a man and a motorcycle were recently recovered from the bottom of the Grand Canyon. To read more, click here.

--There's currently legislation out there to increase the size of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area by 50,000-acres. From Save Red Rock: The Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act will protect critical wildlife habitat and cultural sites within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--A part of Highway 6 through Clear Creek Canyon was closed on March 5th, while fire crews performed a high angle rescue on a injured climber. To read more, click here. Here's a little more technical information about the accident.

--An inebriated skier injured an 11-year-old girl in a collision at Snowmass on Saturday. To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--An 18-year-old was seriously injured in a collision with a building in Massachusetts:

--Gear Junkie is  reporting that, "PIEPS and Black Diamond are issuing an immediate recall for the PIEPS DSP avalanche transceivers in Europe. The brand will also issue a North American recall soon." To read more, click here.

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