Thursday, August 18, 2022

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 8/18/22


--Fighting forest fires is extremely hazardous and the heroes that do this job are not thought about enough. From Your Northwest Forests: "With heavy hearts we share that wildland firefighter, Collin Hagan of the Craig Interagency Hotshots, was killed yesterday after sustaining critical injuries from being struck by a tree while engaged in firefighting efforts on the Big Swamp fire near Oakridge, Ore. on the Willamette National Forest." To read more, click here.

--Mt. Shasta is being crushed by 100-degree plus days. Read about it, here.


--Climbing is reporting that, "Anna Parsons, 21, is recovering in the hospital after a brutal 80-foot fall on August 1 on a Yosemite ultra-classic, Half Dome’s Snake Dike (5.7 R). Parsons broke nearly every major bone in her body, including her spine and pelvis. The damage to her left foot was irreparable, and she opted to have it amputated shortly after the accident." To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--Snowbrains is reporting that, "In response to record inflation, Taos Ski Valley Inc. (TSV Inc.) will raise employee wages by an impressive 7.5%. TSV Inc. is one of the largest employers in the county and the raise is an altruistic effort to provide its employees with a living wage." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--The Durango Herald is reporting that, "A Colorado man died Monday after falling about 30 feet while descending Windom Peak in the Chicago Basin area in the Weminuche Wilderness north of Durango. The victim was identified as Douglas Christensen, 53, of Castle Pines, according to a news release issued Tuesday by La Plata County government." To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--Fox News is reporting that, "A California climber was rescued at Mount Diablo State Park Monday after falling as much as 60 feet down a cliff, authorities said.  The 19-year-old male, whose name was not immediately released, was climbing Sentinel Rock on Mount Diablo around 4:40 p.m. when he fell between 30 and 60 feet and landed on a ledge, California Highway Patrol’s Golden Gate Division Air Operations said." To read more, click here.

--Wyoming's Explore Big Sky is reporting that, "a rock climber fell nearly 100 feet yesterday morning near Bear Basin, sustaining multiple injuries. The entire group of climbers, including the one who fell, was on a small ledge about 300 feet above the ground when they called Gallatin County Dispatch for rescue help." To read more, click here.

--FN News is reporting that, "REI Co-op and Capital One have teamed up on a new card partnership — and have found a way to make it sustainable. The outdoor specialty retailer and the financial corporation revealed their card partnership today and launched the new REI Co-op Mastercard program. In addition to the list of benefits of the REI Co-op Mastercard, the companies revealed in a statement that the card itself is made of 85% recycled materials." To read more, click here.

--Outside has a piece on why the national parks keep flooding this year...

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