Thursday, April 21, 2022

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 4/21/22

Bellingham:

--An individual is planning security patrols at PNW trailheads. Want to join up? Read about it.

Sierra:

--Gripped is reporting that, "Belgian climber S├ębastien Berthe, a solid 5.15 climber, has put in an impressive 23 days projecting the world’s hardest big wall free climb. After weeks trying the most difficult pitch, he’s decided to wrap things up for this season on the Dawn Wall, a a 32-pitch 5.14d on El Capitan in Yosemite." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--The Denver Post is reporting that, "Authorities say a 41-year-old Colorado man died after falling about 70 feet during a rock climbing excursion in Utah. Steamboat Pilot & Today reports Arlo Lott Jr., of Steamboat Springs, fell when his rappel anchor broke loose in Farnsworth Canyon on Saturday." To read more, click here.

--Fox 13 is reporting that, "A man who survived a 30 foot fall while climbing a canyon outside Moab last week is facing numerous surgeries as he remains hospitalized following the accident. Dalton Freeman Snow was climbing on April 12 when a "fridge-sized chunk of rock" was displaced, sending him falling 30 feet on a ledge below. During the fall, the rock crushed Snow's right hand and 'nearly tore it off his arm,' according to a GoFundMe page set up to help pay his medical expenses." To read more, click here.

--Zion National Park seems to be seeing an uptick in graffiti issues. Read about it, here.

Notes from All Over:

--SnowBrains is reporting that, "A 28-year-old woman was killed after an avalanche carried her 1,000-feet down a steep mountain face on Mount des Poulis in Yoho National Park, AB, last week. Five people were boot-hiking up a ridge near the summit of 10,387-foot Mount des Poilus last Wednesday, April 13th. The woman was ahead of the group when a cornice, estimated to be between 200-260-feet wide, collapsed and triggered a class 3 avalanche." To read more, click here.

--The Climbing Business Journal is reporting that, "workers at Movement Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, recently announced the imminent certification of their climbing gym union, reportedly the first in the United States. The process was overseen by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), an independent federal agency that enforces the National Labor Relations Act and 'protects the rights of most private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions.'" To read more, click here.

--Ski magazine has compiled a multi-pass buyers guide to help you make the right multi-pass decision next winter. Check it out, here.

--The former president of Vermont's Jay Peak is going to jail. From the Outside Business Journal: "After pleading guilty in 2021 to providing false statements to federal investigators, Stenger appeared before a federal judge earlier this week and expressed contrition over his part in the crime. He will serve 18 months in a federal prison and pay $250,000 in fines." To read more, click here.

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