Thursday, November 16, 2023

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 11/16/2023


--Avalanche Canada is reporting on a fatal avalanche accident involving ice climbers in Kananaskis Country. Details can be found, here. A news report on the incident can be found, here.

--The Mountaineers is reporting that, "with winter recreation already underway at Mount Rainier, we’re happy to share that Park staff announced this week that they anticipate providing additional road access from Longmire to Paradise for the 2023-2024 winter recreation season. Beginning Nov 15, the Park will expand winter public vehicle access to the Paradise area to five days per week, on a Thursday through Monday schedule. The annual shift to nightly closures of the Paradise gate began on Nov 8." To read more, click here.

The Lower Lump Area of the Index Town Walls

--The Washington Climbers Coalition and the Access Fund just closed on a property in Index that will secure the Lower Lump area from development for generations to come. To read more, click here.


--SnowBrains is reporting that, "In a tragic turn of events early yesterday morning, November 9, 2023, a snowmobile accident at Palisades Tahoe in California claimed the life of Homewood resident Brian Gimbert. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) confirmed that the 34-year-old was pronounced dead at Tahoe Forest Hospital following the incident, the SF Chronicle reports. The accident occurred in an undeveloped area on the Alpine Meadows side of the resort, just south of the main lodge. According to the CHP, Gimbert’s snowmobile collided with a large rock, approximately two feet in diameter, partially concealed by snow. The impact caused the snowmobile to overturn, ultimately resting on Gimbert." To read more, click here.

--Apparently it was full-on insanity at Mammoth Mountain's opening day.

Desert Southwest:

--Arizona Game and Fish is reporting that, "a woman has died eight days after being hospitalized as the result of an apparent elk attack on her property in the Pine Lake community in the Hualapai Mountains, about 15 miles southeast of Kingman. The attack occurred on the afternoon of Oct. 26 while the woman’s husband was in Kingman. According to the husband, when he returned around 6 p.m., he found his wife on the ground in the backyard with injuries consistent with being trampled by an elk. He also observed a bucket of spilled corn nearby. There were no witnesses to the event." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--The Post Independent is reporting that, "Around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Glenwood Springs Fire Department responded to a report of a climber who had fallen approximately 40 feet while on a multipitch climb called 'Mudflap Girl' on the Grizzly Creek trailhead, according to a news release from the city of Glenwood Springs." To read more, click here.

--Aspen Daily News is reporting that, "Aspen Skiing Co. workers who make on-mountain commutes are entitled to compensation for their time spent riding chairlifts, snowmobiles and snowcats to and from work, a class-action lawsuit filed this week alleges. The suit was filed by SkiCo hourly employee Craig Stout, who is challenging some of the company’s wage policies and claims the company had been recruiting employees with promised perks that went unfulfilled." To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--WKRN is reporting on a rescue in Tennessee. "Clarksville first responders were called out to Queens Bluff Sunday morning to help an injured climber. According to Clarksville Fire Rescue, crews were dispatched to the scene at approximately 11:51 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12." To read more, click here.

--As the ski season starts, it's super important to remember that riding rad lines comes with big risks. This is a tough video to watch as 16-year-old Kai Jones breaks both legs after making a poor landing. We all need to remember, this could have been any one of us:

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