Thursday, July 14, 2022

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 7/14/22


--Fox 13 is reporting that, "A search and rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued a skier who injured himself near Sahale Mountain in the Cascade Mountain Range Saturday night." To read more, click here.

--KIRO is reporting that, "a Forbes article titled “Warning: The Deadliest National Parks In America” cited a study where Washington’s North Cascades National Park was crowned 'the top park where you are most likely to suffer a fatal accident.' Lots of other news sources and websites picked up the story, but, it turns out, the data crunched by the personal injury law firm that commissioned the study doesn’t show the full picture." To read more, click here.

--The WTA is reporting on the closure of two of the most popular trails in Washington: "The Annette Lake and Snow Lake trails, popular hikes along the I-90 corridor, will be closed for several months due to trail construction work. The Snow Lake closure will also affect the lesser-hiked Source Lake trail. The Annette Lake trail was scheduled to close beginning the week of July 5. The Snow Lake and Source Lake trails will be closed starting approximately July 16. Construction on the latter project will require explosives to get rid of some rockier trail segments, and will also level out sections of trail that are too steep." To read more, click here.

Mt. Shuksan from the Artist Point area.

--The road (SR 542) is now open all the way to Artist Point. The trailhead for Mt. Shuksan's Fisher Chimneys is on this road.


--A climber was rescued near Lover's Leap this week. There is no real info about the incident online aside from that a rescue took place.

--These types of "parties" need to go away. From Tahoe Daily News: "More than three hundred volunteers, an eight-person dive team, and one beach-cleaning robot spread out across five Lake Tahoe beaches Tuesday in a collaborative effort to remove leftovers from July Fourth celebrations, as part of the League to Save Lake Tahoe’s annual Keep Tahoe Red, White and Blue Beach Cleanup. In total, the litter-fighting teams removed 3,450 pounds of trash from the environment – litter that would have found its way into the lake’s blue waters if it wasn’t collected by event participants." To read more, click here.

SFGATE is reporting that, "With the Washburn Fire at 25% containment as of Monday, the famous giant sequoias of Yosemite National Park’s Mariposa Grove have seemingly been spared the worst, according to Yosemite forest ecologist and firefighter Garrett Dickman. And while the trees aren’t entirely out of the woods yet, so to speak, Dickman told SFGATE he's optimistic that the beloved giants are poised to survive." To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

Mt. Wilson in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

--3 News is reporting that, "Four horses have been shot at close range and killed in Red Rock Canyon dating back to January this year. The killings have all occurred at Cowboy Trail Rides, a family-run business less than two miles down the road from the Red Rock Canyon visitor center." There is a $1000 reward for information leading to an arrest. To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--A 41-year-old climber died in a fall in the Sangre de Cristo mountains on Tuesday. There is limited information about the accident in the article, but a fair bit about the deceased individual. To read more, click here.

--There's even less information about a female climber that was killed by rockfall in Larimer County. To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--Climbing and many others are reporting on this climate related disaster: "In the early afternoon of Sunday, July 3, a massive slab of the Marmolada Glacier detached, thundering down onto groups of climbers below. The slab was estimated to be 650 feet wide, 200 feet high, and 250 feet deep. The resulting avalanche of rock, ice, and snow reached speeds of nearly 200 mph, colliding into at least two guided rope teams. In total, seven climbers were killed in the slide and eight injured, with two of those in critical condition." To read more, click here.

--Gripped is reporting on an accident in the Canadian Rockies: "a scrambler died this past weekend after falling while on a scramble with several other people. The accident took place on Mount Temple, a 3,543-metre peak famous to rock and alpine climbers for its big north face and classic East Ridge." To read more, click here.

--N Business is reporting that, "Apple is expected to unveil a rugged version of its smartwatch that feature its biggest display so far and is aimed at extreme sports athletes, according to a report. The coming Watch Series 8 is said to have a version that has a tougher steel casing, bigger battery and a more shatter-resistant screen with a diagonal size of about 51 millimetres, a Bloomberg report on Wednesday said, citing sources." To read more, click here.

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