Thursday, May 26, 2022

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 5/26/22


--SnowBrains is reporting that, "a report on Avalanche Canada describes how five backcountry skiers were lucky to survive an avalanche on Mount Pattison in the Whistler backcountry on Thursday, May 19." To read more, click here.

--The Seattle Times is reporting that, "two climbers were rescued by helicopter Friday after one fell into a crevasse the day before on Mount Rainier, officials say. The climbers had been in contact with the National Park Service beginning Wednesday evening, when they stopped their summit bid at 12,800 feet because of adverse weather, according to the NPS. They didn’t initially ask for assistance." To read more, click here.

--An injured snowmobiler was rescued off Mt. Baker this week. Check out this video of the rescue:


--The Record Courier is reporting that, "a 43-year-old male climber was killed on Friday after he fell 75 feet from a rock wall in Woodfords Canyon. Alpine County Sheriff’s Office responded around 2:45 p.m. to the a report of a climbing accident." To read more, click here.

JB Brown

UPDATE on PREVIOUS ARTICLE: I didn't recognize this person's name because he commonly used the initials JB. JB Brown was a mountain guide and an exceptional person. He will be missed.

--The Tahoe Daily Tribune is reporting that, "Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe announced that Greg Gavrilets has been hired as its General Manager, replacing long-time ski area leader Paul Senft, who retired after a 42-year career with the resort." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--The Daily Camera is reporting that, "A climber fell in Eldorado State Park on Monday and had to be rescued after suffering injuries. At 3:05 p.m., the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a climber who had fallen between 25 and 30 feet in the area of Redgarden Wall and alerted responders to the incident. Rescuers from the Mountain View Fire Protection District, already in the state park on a training exercise, were the first to arrive at the 25-year-old climber’s location and rendered first aid. Additional rescuers from the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group hiked to the scene and helped stabilize the victim." To read more, click here.

--Gripped is reporting that, "one of the longest running climbing magazines of all time will no longer be available in print. Climbing was first published in 1970. Purchased in 2007 by Skram Media, the publisher of Urban Climber, Climbing was published up to nine times a year. In 2021, Outside Inc, purchased Climbing, Ascent, Rock & Ice and Gym Climber and combined them under the title Climbing. Outside Inc. was reportedly recently purchased by a firm backed by venture capitalists." To read more, click here.


--CNN is reporting that, "A Japanese mountain climber is presumed dead after falling into a crevasse in Alaska's Denali National Park, officials said. The 43-year-old from Kanagawa, Japan -- who was not named by officials -- was un-roped from his teammates and "fell through a weak ice bridge near their camp at approximately 8,000 feet on the southeast fork of the Kahiltna Glacier," according to a Wednesday release from the Denali National Park and Preserve. He was at the base of Mount Hunter's North Buttress." To read more, click here.

--Alaska Public Media is reporting that, "Three men were sentenced Monday for leaving a popular bear viewing platform in Katmai National Park and Preserve and wading into the river toward brown bears feeding on salmon, according to federal prosecutors. The incident took place at the iconic Brooks Falls. The park’s rules are pretty simple: Humans have to stay on the viewing platform, which is elevated and looks out across the rushing water, where bears feed. There are also specific regulations against hazing wildlife or getting too close." To read more, click here.

--Gripped is reporting that, "op alpinists Matt Cornell, Jackson Marvell and Alan Rousseau have climbed the Slovak Direct on Denali in 21 hours and 35 minutes. The 2,700-metre route is graded VI 5.9X M6 WI6." The route's previous record was 60-hours. To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

Dr. Nina Roberts

--College professor and outdoor advocate Dr. Nina Roberts died recently of cancer. Nina was a well-known advocate for diversity and inclusion in outdoor spaces. San Francisco State University is in the process of establishing an endowment fund for scholarships in the Parks and Rec field. To read more and to make a donation, click here.

--VT Digger is reporting that, "failures by Vail Resorts contributed to the death of a Stowe Mountain Resort employee last fall, the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found. The state agency cited Vail Resorts for not providing a place of employment free from recognized hazards 'likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees' in connection with the death of Scott Lewis, 53, a Stowe Mountain Resort employee who crashed and died while riding a zipline in September, a report obtained by VTDigger reveals." To read more, click here.

--Unofficial Networks has published a video from somewhere in Europe that shows a drone nearly hit a skier.  After the near miss and some words (very bad words) with the drone operator, the skier slaps the drone out of the sky with his pole. It's kinda what the drone and the drone operator deserve and it's also why drones aren't allowed in ski resorts. Check it out.

--The fantastic documentary, The Alpinist, recently won an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Long Form Documentary. To read about it, click here.

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