Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 7/26/23


--The Mountaineers is reporting that, "on the morning of July 10, 2023, Rose Vanderhoof, 33-year Mountaineers member and avid outdoor enthusiast, became the oldest woman to summit Mt.Rainier at 78. She reached the summit with her son Chris Haugen, granddaughter Aleah Haugen, friend Mingrey Hildebrandt, and Mt. Tahoma Trails Association’s High Hut Manager Dr. Leyton Jump, who led the climb. This trip marked Rose’s ninth, and last, summit of Mt. Rainier." To read more, click here.


--In more older folks doing cool stuff news, SnowBrains is reporting that, "93-year-old Everett Kalin achieved a remarkable milestone by summiting Half Dome in Yosemite National Park on July 18th, becoming the oldest person to do so." To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--City News Service is reporting that, "Firefighters from the Riverside County Fire Department rescued a rock climber in Jurupa Valley who suffered major injuries Saturday." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--SnowBrains is reporting that, "The affordable housing shortage in ski towns is widespread and has been well documented. In mountain resort towns across the country, this crisis is causing employee shortages, crippling local businesses, and threatening the soul of a ski town’s true identity and culture. Park City, UT, is no exception to this quandary. The average home costs over $2 million, and the cost of living in Summit County is 35% higher than the national average." To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--Gripped is reporting that, "rand Teton National Park has announced that a climber died after falling while climbing the Grand Teton. Brayden DuRee, 40, of Idaho, was climbing the Owen-Spalding when he fell around 20 metres down the section known as the Owen Chimney." To read more, click here.

--The Cody Enterprise is reporting that, "a 32-year-old Montana climber and member of the Carbon County Search and Rescue team died July 14 while climbing at the Gardner Headwall off the Beartooth Highway, according to a Park County Sheriff’s Office press release. The climber was identified as Andrew Evans of Red Lodge. Though he was wearing a protective helmet, he had been struck on his head by falling rocks that caused “life-ending injuries” before responders could reach him, the release said." To read more, click here.

--SnowBrains is reporting that, "On Saturday morning, a woman was found deceased on the Buttermilk Trail west of West Yellowstone following an apparent bear encounter. Investigators confirmed grizzly bear tracks at the scene, and the investigation is ongoing. The Custer Gallatin National Forest has issued an emergency closure of the Buttermilk area for human safety. Please avoid the area. More information will be provided as it becomes available." To read more, click here.

--Here's a post about Lady Gaga going "rock climbing" on a via ferrata.

--SnowBrains is reporting that, "a snowboarding coach, David Bloch, has taken legal action against Vermont state and school officials, filing a federal lawsuit claiming his First Amendment rights were violated. Bloch was fired from his position as the founder and head coach of the snowboarding team at Woodstock Union High School after engaging in a respectful conversation about biological differences between males and females in sports." To read more, click here.

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