Thursday, June 3, 2021

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 6/3/21


--Oregon Live is reporting that, "A 63-year-old man died Sunday morning after falling 500 feet while descending Mount Hood, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office reported. Witness called 911 to report the accident. The man, whose name has not yet been released, had been climbing with his adult son when he fell at the 10,500-foot level on the Old Chute Route, deputies said." To read more, click here.


--Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is reporting that, "After a one-year hiatus, fire managers with Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks have scheduled the annual Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn in the foothills of Sequoia National Park, near the parks’ headquarters and entrance station along the main road, Generals Highway. Ignitions are planned to begin on June 6, 2021 and continue through June 9, 2021." To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--KTNV TV is reporting that, "Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area’s developed campground – Red Rock Campground – is scheduled to temporarily close from 11 a.m. on June 1 to 2 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2021, during this low-usage period." To read more, click here.

--In related news, it's pretty easy to get a reservation to drive into the Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive right now.

Colorado and Utah:

--The Montrose Press is reporting that, "An experienced outdoorsman died during an apparent fall while climbing Gilpin Peak, rural San Miguel County. Rescuers who had been searching for Telluride climber Patrick Eells, 29, after he was reported missing Sunday night, recovered his body at an elevation of approximately 13,200 feet, south of the ridge between Dallas and Gilpin peaks, 3.5 miles from Telluride, according to information from the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office." To read more, click here.


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Notes from All Over:

--Gripped is reporting that two climbers were killed in an avalanche on Mt. Andromeda in the Canadian Rockies. There is currently limited information about the accident.

--SnowBrains is reporting that, "On Sunday, May 30, at approximately 1:20 pm, a Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patroller radioed the USFS lead snow ranger to report that a skier had taken a sliding fall down a 35-degree snow slope into Lunch Rocks in Tuckerman Ravine, NH. A short time later, the ski patroller made contact with the patient and the small group of skiers who were rendering aid and determined that the patient required immediate evacuation due to the nature of the injuries." To read more, click here.

--Gripped is reporting that, "the third-pitch, also known as the Corner Pitch, on The Shoe “Le Soulier” in Banff National Parks has collapsed. The rockfall left a scar below and into the forest. The corner was an important feature for stem and jams, and was used for feet after passing the crux and onto the next anchor. Nobody should attempt to climb it until the rock (which appears very dirty and loose) is inspected and the bolts possibly moved. The route was first climbed in the 1960s, and was retro-bolted within the past 20 years." To read more, click here.

--Wolves are a controversial animal. But a new study suggests that wolves decrease car/deer encounters, decreasing accidents where they exist. Check it out.

--The Hill is reporting that, "President Biden on Friday visited a rock climbing center in Alexandria, Va., to celebrate the state's lifting of coronavirus restrictions and mark the progress the country as a whole has made in fighting the pandemic." To read more, click here.

--A ranger in Yellowstone was charged by a grizzly bear this week. Check out the video!

--Gear Junkie is reporting that REI will start it's own in-house production company. It will "produce films, podcasts, and editorial programs. The co-op already produces a quarterly magazine, storytelling podcast, and myriad how-to videos. But with the debut of Co-op Studios, the outdoor retail giant officially stakes its business interests in the world of multimedia entertainment." To read more, click here.

--By Presidential Proclamation, June is Great American Outdoors Month...!

--And finally, the highly anticipated adventure film, Super Frenchie will premiere tomorrow. Check it out:

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