Thursday, July 20, 2023

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 7/20/23


Yak Peak

--Gripped is reporting that, "on July 12, two alpine rock climbers were rescued off B.C.’s famous Yak Peak after one of the climbers took a 60-foot fall. They were on the popular Yak Check, a 12-pitch 5.10a." To read more, click here.

--Campfires outside of established fire rings are prohibited for the remainder of the summer season in the Mt. Baker-Snoqaulmie National Forest. To read more, click here.

--Gripped is reporting that, "ric Carter recently traversed the Tantalus Range on B.C.’s west coast in an impressive eight hours, 59 minutes and six seconds. The sub-nine-hour traverse is the fastest known time (FKT) of the route." To read more, click here.


--The Daily is reporting that, "On July 14, the National Park Service announced that Yosemite’s 46-mile Tioga Road had finally been cleared of snow. However, the road is unable to open due to extensive damage caused by the snow, and the delay is expected to last through July." To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--The National Park Service is reporting that, "The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced the award of $27.5 million to the National Park Service (NPS) for the Grand Canyon National Park Shuttle Bus Fleet Replacement project in Arizona. The project includes 30 new buses, including 10 new battery electric buses and 20 new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, to replace the current aging fleet and the installation of charging infrastructure to support the new electric buses. An estimated 6 million people visit the park each year and use the free shuttle buses to access destinations throughout the Grand Canyon." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--11 News is reporting that, "A rock climber was killed in an accident on a 13er Saturday morning. According to the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office, two climbers were making their way up Grizzly Peak D when one was fatally injured in an accident. According to an official involved in the rescue/recovery, who spoke with 11 News sister station CBS Denver, the hiker was hit by a large boulder that broke off of mountain’s northeastern ridge. The exact circumstances around the incident haven’t been released; it’s unclear if the boulder rolled on him or was part of a rockfall from higher up. CBS Denver is reporting the climber fell." To read more, click here.

A Utah Department of Transportation rendering of the new 
gondola slated to go up Little Cottonwood Canyon.

--SnowBrains is reporting that, "Last Wednesday, the Utah Department of Transportation approved a plan that will allow construction of the world’s longest gondola, running from the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon to the town of Alta. As one could imagine, the already prominent divisiveness within Utah’s ski and snowboard community regarding the gondola ignited like kerosene thrown on an open flame; people either love it or they hate it." To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--Yahoo News is reporting that, "a climber died as rescuers tried to reach him after his head was “struck by falling rocks,” according to a Wyoming sheriff’s office. Andrew Evans, 32, of Red Lodge, Montana, was stranded about 400 feet from the “Gardner Headwall on the Beartooth Highway” after becoming injured on Friday, July 14, the Park County Sheriff’s Office said in a July 18 Facebook post." To read more, click here.

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