Thursday, November 30, 2023

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 11/30/2023


--Police is reporting that, "On Saturday Nov. 25, deputies from the Clackamas County (Oregon) Sheriff’s Office helped rescue a mountain climber who had fallen on Mt. Hood. The 36-year old woman from Portland was descending the popular South Side route on Mt. Hood when she slipped, fell several hundred feet, and was injured, the sheriff’s office reports." To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--Fox 5 is reporting that, "Nevada and other states in the Colorado River Basin continue to face a water crisis. Drought has stretched on for more than two decades and is compounded by the effects of climate change. Last year, Lake Mead dipped to an all-time low. Can human intervention make a difference? Can we get more desperately needed water from the clouds to the ground? FOX5 went on a journey seeking an answer to that question up to Mt. Potosi where a cloud seeding generator is located." To read more, click here.

A climber rappels of a route in Joshua Tree National Park.

--A former Park superintendent wrote an editorial in the Los Angeles Times about an expansion of Joshua Tree National Park and a new national monument. To read the piece, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--People is reporting that, "A 36-year-old man hit his head during a fall in Montana on Saturday and later died as a result of his injuries. Kyle Allen Rott fell and injured himself during a recreational ice climb around 3 p.m. local time on Saturday, according to a release from the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office. Authorities responded to a 911 call reporting Rott’s fall, as well as a call on a GPS device near the area where he had been climbing — Grotto Falls in Hyalite Canyon, near Big Sky, Montana." To read more, click here.

--Power Sports Business is reporting that, "The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recently released economic data from the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account for the year 2022, showing the largest economic impact in its history and outdoor recreation’s powerful economic impact on the U.S. economy. These new figures reveal that outdoor recreation generates $1.1 trillion in economic output (2.2% of GDP), 4.98 million jobs and comprises 3.2% of U.S. employees." To read more, click here.

--Lifestyle is reporting that research, "published in the MMR (Military Medical Research) Journal, looks into the impact of extreme exercise on immune function, shedding light on potential vulnerabilities. This investigation becomes particularly relevant in the growing popularity of rigorous fitness regimens and endurance sports. The study emphasizes that while moderate exercise is generally associated with immune system benefits, pushing the body to extremes may have the opposite effect." To read more, click here.

--A former US Marine set-up a climbing camp in the Alps for bereaved Ukrainians to help them process their grief. To read more, click here

--Gripped is reporting that, "in 2021, Magnus Midtbø had become the first climber to reach one million subscribers on YouTube. Now, he’s become the first climber to gain two million followers. His channel started in 2011 and now has 336,309,403 views as of today." To read more, click here.

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