Thursday, October 12, 2023

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 10/12/2023


--NCW Life is reporting that, "a climber who got into a precarious situation on the rugged face of Mount Stuart was successfully escorted home early Saturday. Rescuers say they got the call about noontime that a climber had become stuck on the southwest face of the mountain. Chelan County Mountain Rescue responded with four team members, who were taken by air to the Mount Stuart summit on a Chelan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter." To read more, click here.

--SnowBest is reporting that, "In big news from the US today, Alterra Mountain Company (owners of Ikon Pass) have announced an intention to acquire Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing in Blue River, British Columbia. Alterra Mountain Company already own the world’s first (and largest) commercial heli skiing operation, Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) and will add Canada’s “other” famous heli ski operation to their mix." To read more, click here.


--Climbing is reporting that, "on September 28, an experienced Korean climbing guide reportedly passed away in Yosemite, after rappelling off the end of his rope while descending from Sickle Ledge on the iconic El Cap route, The Nose (VI 5.9 C2 3000’)." To read more, click here.

--The Guardian is reporting that, "an off-duty US air force flight instructor braved strong winds, hail and slippery conditions to rescue a fellow climber who had fallen about 80ft (24.4 meters) down a slippery slope at Yosemite national park this past Labor Day weekend, according to the military branch." To read more, click here.

--Gripped is reporting that, "Nick Ehman has soloed The Nose in 4 hours and 39 minutes, breaking Alex Honnold’s solo record of 5 hours and 50 minutes. Tom Evans of the El Cap Report broke the news on Facebook, saying that Ehman’s ascent was 'NOT a free-solo but with mixed free and aid climbing. Same as Alex did on his solo of The Nose.'" To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--Timed reservations have once again started for the Scenic Drive in Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area.

Notes from All Over:

--Wyofile is reporting that, "the state of Wyoming has taken a key step toward unloading its last remaining 640 acres locked within the borders of Grand Teton National Park. The land, in the heart of Jackson Hole, could be sold at auction. Progress toward the sale of the so-called Kelly Parcel came late Monday, when the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments announced it was initiating a land disposal in conjunction with releasing a detailed analysis of the square-mile property." To read more, click here.

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