Thursday, July 21, 2022

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 7/21/22


--Here's an update from Climbing on the accident that killed Bryan Caldwell, a climbing coach, in Leavenworth last week.

Smith Rock State Park

--News 21 is reporting that, "A Smith Rock climber injured in a long fall was lifted from the bottom of a 110-foot cliff Monday night in a challenging, five-hour technical rope rescue that involved hoisting the 34-year-old Redmond man in a litter to the top of the cliff and a waiting ambulance, officials said." To read more, click here.

--The Seattle Times is reporting that, "Outdoor retailer Patagonia will pay nearly $55,000 to current and former Seattle retail employees after allegedly failing to post their schedules with enough notice. The company settled the allegations with Seattle’s Office of Labor Standards and agreed to pay $54,654 to 95 employees, plus a $575 fine to the city, the office announced Wednesday. Patagonia employs about 25 people at its Belltown store. The alleged violations spanned from May 2019 to April 2022." To read more, click here.

--There's going to be a big bouldering event in Squamish on July 30th.

Sierra: is reporting that, "A Los Angeles man has been charged with assaulting two Yosemite National Park rangers over the 4th of July weekend. The charges came down today after a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment today against 23-year-old Robert Anthony Mendoza Jr., of Pico Rivera, according to U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert of the Eastern District of California. He has been charged with assaulting a federal officer resulting in bodily injury and assaulting a federal officer with physical contact." By percentage, rangers are the most commonly assaulted law enforcement officers. To read more, click here.

--The Trek is reporting that, "The US Forest Service has announced that all overnight visitors to California’s Desolation Wilderness, which is in Eldorado National Forest and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, will be required to store food and refuse in bear-resistant containers. The order goes into effect today, July 18th, and will remain in effect through July of 2025." To read more, click here.

--The Tahoe Daily Tribune is reporting that, "Heavenly Mountain Resort’s recent North Bowl chairlift auction raised more than $160,000. The resort auctioned 97 chairs for a total of $162,000, of which $50,000 was donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe and an additional $50,000 is being put towards constructing a community park in the Ski Run Boulevard area. The rest of the funds were put towards the EpicPromise foundation which supports community grants and employees in times of need." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--The Aspen Times is reporting that, "Rescuers and a helicopter responded to an injured climber on Snowmass Mountain on Sunday after the 29-year-old Denver woman suffered two leg injuries due to rockfall, according to a Pitkin County news release." To read more, click here.

--The Daily Camera is reporting that, "A 20-year-old woman was rescued on Monday after falling and injuring her ankle while climbing near Dinosaur Rock. The woman fell 10 feet while climbing with friends, officials at the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office announced in a news release. Rescuers from Rocky Mountain Rescue Group and Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Department were dispatched to the area near Dinosaur Rock, southwest of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, to locate and evacuate the climber." To read more, click here.

--So for some reason, a guy pushed a peanut up Pike's Peak last week. He actually broke a speed record doing this, which means others have done it too... To read about it, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--And finally, if you're on the market for a ski area, this one in Maine could be yours for five million dollars.

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