Thursday, June 2, 2022

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 6/2/22


--A new 33-pitch bolted route in BC. Yes, please!

--There appears to be a significant increase in accidents and SAR missions on Mt. Hood this year. To read an article in Outside about this, 
click here.

Desert Southwest:

--A portion of the Bureau of Land Management has voted to unionize. From Yahoo News: "Federal workers who help oversee hundreds of millions of acres of federal land have formed a union. Headquarters employees of the Bureau of Land Management voted 116 to 20 in favor of joining the National Treasury Employees Union in a ballot count held Wednesday, the union said. The new union would include roughly 200 workers based in Washington and regional offices around the country." To read more, click here.

--The Hill is reporting that, "The Forest Service says it was responsible for both the blazes that merged late last month and created the largest fire in New Mexico history. The agency said Friday that its fire investigators determined the Calf Canyon Fire was started by a holdover fire, or sleeper fire, from a federal pile burn that concluded Jan. 29." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--A tram being installed at Snowbird off the crane on Saturday.

Notes from All Over:

--Old news now, but I was in the field when it was reported. From Alpinist: "Full Circle Everest—the first all-Black expedition team (with with Sherpa and other Nepali support) to attempt Chomolungma (Everest, 8849m*)—attained success when several members stood on the highest point of the world before sunrise on May 12." To read more, click here.

--The Trek is reporting that, "Backpacker Magazine is one of several publications owned by Outside, Inc. that will reportedly end monthly print publications this year. The move accompanies dramatic layoffs at Outside that will reduce the media group’s 580-member staff by 15%. Outside used to be called Pocket Outdoor Media. CEO Robin Thurston bought the company in 2019 and has since added dozens of outdoor brands to its lineup. These include Backpacker, Rock and Ice, and Fastest Known Time. In February 2021, Pocket purchased Outside Magazine from longtime owner Larry Burke and rebranded to Outside, Inc." To read more, click here.

--WyoFile is reporting that, "the Wyoming Board of Geographic Names Wednesday denied a proposal to dub a red-rock promontory near Cody 'Mount Jackson Pollock.' Gregory Constantine, a Michigan painter and retired professor, submitted the application. After glimpsing the 6,621-foot butte on a trip to Wyoming and painting a series of artworks inspired by it, Constantine discovered it didn’t have a formal name and set out to change that through an official naming process. He proposed 'Mount Jackson Pollock' to pay homage to the world-famous abstract artist, who was born in nearby Cody." To read more, click here.

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