Thursday, September 22, 2022

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 9/22/22


--From the Washington Trails Association: "The Snow Lake trail has reopened after a month and a half of construction! The project included a half mile of trail reconstruction and was funded by the Great American Outdoors Act, which has provided much-needed funding for deferred trail maintenance projects. Ruby Beach has also reopened after a summer of construction. The parking area, access road and restrooms were improved, and pedestrian safety and accessibility features were added like sidewalks, crosswalks, curbs and steps." The Snow Lake Trail is used to access the Tooth and Chair Peak. To read more, click here.

--As of this writing, the Bolt Creek Fire that closed Highway 2 was 79% contained and the highway was still closed. Please note that this info could be old by the time you read it. To read more, click here.


--Somebody killed a black bear within the town limits of Mammoth Lakes.

--The Sierra Sun Times is reporting that, "Yosemite National Park officials report the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park has lifted fire restrictions due to the decrease in fire danger with the recent weather the park has received." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--Gripped is reporting that, "several climbing communities are mourning the death of Maya Humeau, who died in a climbing accident this past Tuesday. She was 22 years old. Reports say that Humeau fell around 30 metres while climbing on the Black Wall on Mount Spalding. The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office said Humeau’s climbing partner called 911 and that several parties, including the sheriff’s deputies, an alpine rescue team and others responded to the scene." To read more, click here.

--The Coloradan is reporting that, "Rocky Mountain National Park said its search and rescue members were briefly able to communicate with the man who became lost in wintry conditions and died on Longs Peak over the weekend." To read more, click here. To see a TikTok with some additional info, click below:
The park in a Tuesday morning news release identified the man who died as Russell Jacobs, 25, of Westminster. His body was recovered Sunday.@superglamp Longs Fatality Update. #longspeak #news #rockymountainnationalpark #rmnp #14ers #14er #colorado14ers #colorado #LikeAMonarch #nationalpark #sad ♬ Chill Vibes - Tollan Kim
--Out There Colorado is reporting that, "according to a report from Custer County Search and Rescue, a 'cliffed-out' climber was saved after getting off-route on the notorious Crestone Needle mountain in Colorado's Sangre de Cristo Range. A 'cliffed-out' situation occurs when a climber moves into terrain where they are unable to safely proceed or backtrack, thus, they can become stuck. On September 17, the climber contacted emergency services to report the situation. Temperatures in the area were dropping and winds were moving in, but the climber was well-prepared with suitable clothing, a GPS communication device, a cell phone and charging bank, a bright orange bivy bag that made spotting him easier, a headlamp, and enough food and water." To read more, click here.

--It appears that several boulders in Utah have been altered to make the problems easier. To read more, click here.

--Route name controversies will never die. But this one is truly distasteful. Someone named a route after a young woman that was murdered. The link brings you to a mountainproject discussion about it.

Notes from All Over:

--Jimmy Chin has a new series coming out that explores how dangerous moments impacted the lives of extreme athletes. To read about it, click here. To see a trailer, click below:

--Finalists in the Banff Mountain Book Festival have been announced.

--The Globe and Mail is reporting that, "The federal government plans to drop the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for people who enter Canada by the end of September, the same day it ends random testing of arrivals and makes optional the ArriveCan app." To read more, click here.

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