Thursday, July 6, 2023

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 7/6/2023


--ABC News is reporting that, "The body of the third and final climber killed last winter in an avalanche on Washington’s Colchuck Peak has been recovered, officials said. A hiker on Thursday found the body of Yun Park, a 66-year-old man from Palisades Park, New Jersey, and reported it to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. A helicopter rescue team recovered the body Friday." To read more, click here.

--A climber on Crescent Spire in the Bugaboos was rescued over the weekend from being trapped under a boulder. To read more, click here.

--The Seattle Times is reporting that, "The road to Artist Point reopened for the summer Wednesday morning, giving drivers access to the popular and scenic location in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, about three hours northeast of Seattle." To read more, click here.

--There is a bear near Cascade Pass that is becoming a problem after getting into human food. To read about it, click here.


--There were a lot of skiers on the slopes still using lift service over 4th of July in the Sierra. To read more, click here.

El Capitan in Yosemite

--Gripped is reporting that, " a big-wall rock climbing management plan that was tested over the last two years in Yosemite National Park will now be the law of the land. Yosemite Superintendent Cicely Muldoon formaled the park’s new wilderness climbing permit program, which will regulate overnight climbs on Half Dome, El Capitan and other peaks. Climbers must obtain special permits before beginning their climb, and there are no quotas. The system is meant to keep Yosemite rangers informed as to where climbers are, to encourage climbers to remove their fixed ropes and to carry out their waste. Almost 3,500 climbers got permits during the two year pilot program." To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--An individual suffered a fatal bear attack near Prescott, AZ. To read more, click here.

--The Deseret Sun is reporting that, "After years of attempts to protect the western Joshua tree with designation under the state or federal Endangered Species Act, the iconic and gangly high desert plant finally will receive permanent protections through a less-typical route: a trailer bill passed as part of the state’s budget." To read more, click here.

--3 News is reporting that, "Nevada state lawmakers unanimously agreed to send $1.2 million over the next two years to continue—and expand—a statewide cloud seeding project. Last fall, Save Red Rock and the Desert Research Institute (DRI) launched a campaign to privately fund and operate a cloud seed generator in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--Yahoo Finance is reporting that, "James Crown, a 70-year-old businessman from the billionaire Crown family, died in a driving accident on his birthday, according to authorities. Mr Crown, whose family owns the Aspen Skiing Company, was driving at the Aspen Motorsports Park in Woody Creek, Colorado, when he collided with an impact barrier, according to the Pitkin County Coroner's Office." To read more, click here.

--Denver 7 is reporting that, "The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission is honoring a Golden man for saving the life of a skier who almost died after he became stuck hanging from a ski lift at Arapahoe Basin ski area in 2017." To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--The Daily Outdoor Retailer is reporting that, "participation in outdoor activities has grown for the eighth consecutive year, and since the COVID-19 pandemic, the outdoor industry is up 14.5 million total participants. Last year, 3.8 million more people participated in the outdoors compared to 2021." To read more, click here.

--CNN and many others are reporting that, "National Geographic, the iconic yellow framed magazine that has chronicled the natural world for more than 100 years, laid off its last remaining staff writers this week, multiple departing staffers said. It was unclear how many staffers were cut during the latest round of layoffs at the magazine, but the move comes as parent company Walt Disney Co. has slashed thousands of staffers across its divisions this year." To read more, click here.

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