Thursday, October 21, 2021

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 10/21/21


--It appears that a solo climber became stuck on Mt. Erie's Zig Zag route (5.7, II). The Navy rescued the climber with a helicopter. Mt. Erie is a small climbing area near the town of Anacortes, Washington. It is not clear if the climber was free-soloing or rope-soloing.

--Oregon's KATU 2 is reporting that, "Crews rescued a 23-year-old Hillsboro man on Saturday when he dropped his climbing gear and ended up getting stuck on Wolf Rock in Linn County. The 911 call came in shortly before 6 p.m. after Johnathan Takle, 23, of Hillsboro, was performing a technical climb when his gear fell to the ground." To read more, click here.


--The Sierra Wave is reporting that, "firefighter Layla Bradley, age 29, from Powell, Wyoming, died while on an assignment to the forest.  Layla was working as a member of a wildland fire engine from Dragon Fighters Inc, a company that works under contract with the US Forest Service. They were providing additional initial attack coverage for the forest during this difficult fire season." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--Fox 21 News is reporting that, "The body of 29 year old experienced hiker Madeline Baharlou-Quivey has been located in Class 5 terrain on Kit Carson Peak after several days of rescue attempts in light of inclement weather. On Monday, Oct. 11, the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a climber had gone off-route, cliffing out below the standard route on Kit Carson Peak. The individual who called the department said that they had received a text message from the hiker saying that they needed help from search and rescue." To read more, click here.

--Gephardt Daily is reporting that, "Crews assisted a climber who fell some 30 feet at the Egg in Little Cottonwood Canyon Sunday. Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue was called out at 6:15 p.m. and found the climber unconscious and not breathing." This individual was resuscitated and walked out on his own accord. To read more, click here.

--In a separate incident, a climber died after being struck by rockfall in Little Cottonwood Canyon. It's not clear if there's misreporting and this is the same as the last incident. To read a detailed account of this accident, click here.

--There is a bill out there to get rid of single use plastic bottles in national parks. Hopefully it passes!

--WDTV is reporting that, "a national park in West Virginia is telling visitors they need to stop throwing rocks down cliffs, saying it could kill climbers and hikers below. A Facebook post by the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve says a rock climber recently reported to park rangers that multiple people were throwing big rocks from the cliffs at Diamond Point on the Endless Wall trail to climbing areas more than 100 feet below." To read more, click here.

--Here are the books that won for climbing in the Banff Mountain Book Festival.

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