Thursday, January 25, 2024

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 1/25/24


--Pique News Magazine is reporting on a fatality at Whistler. It is not clear how the individual died. To read the piece, click here.

Early morning on Mt. Rainier

--Cascadia Daily News is reporting that, "Many visitors to Mount Rainier National Park will need reservations this summer to enter some of the park’s most popular areas. From May 24 through Labor Day, most visitors entering the Nisqually and Stevens Canyon entrances between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. will need to make an online or phone reservation ahead of time. Reservations will also be required at the White River entrance to the Sunrise corridor via state Route 410 from July 3 through Labor Day." To read more, click here.

--There's a new WI 6+ in Squamish. Read about it, here.

Desert Southwest:

--Fox 10 and others are reporting that, "Officials with the Coconino County Sheriff's Office say an investigation is underway following a deadly incident at Arizona Snowbowl. According to a statement, CCSO responded to the ski resort at around 10:56 a.m. on Jan. 22, following a report of a tree strike incident that left a person seriously injured. By the time deputies arrived at the scene, the skier was already declared dead." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--The Durango Herald News is reporting that, "A 67-year-old doctor and longtime resident of Ophir died Monday in an avalanche near his hometown, which is nestled in the San Juan Mountains south of Telluride. The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office identified the person as Peter Harrelson, who for years worked as a family physician, according to multiple websites." To read more, click here.

--Gripped is reporting on the winners of this year's Ouray Ice Festival: "The 29th annual Ouray Ice Festival just took place in Colorado’s small mountain town of Ouray with a record number of donations. The event ran for four days and included clinics, presentations and one of the biggest ice climbing competitions in the world." To read more, click here. And here's a photo compilation of the event!

Notes from All Over:

--Out There Colorado is reporting on an accident at Jackson Hole. "Wyoming's Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center took to social media to recount a scary incident that took place at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on January 20 and it's one that slopegoers around the world, including those in Colorado, can learn from. The post covered a recent incident in which a skier ducked a rope at Jackson Hole, entering closed terrain. This closed terrain was particularly dangerous, located at about 7,500 feet of elevation and featuring a lot of fresh powder stacked on a layer of weak and rotten snow measured at only about a foot deep two weeks prior. As those with experience in reading snow will know, this type of layering can be a recipe for disaster, as the lower, weaker layer can be prone to breaking at the weight of the fresh snow, resulting in an avalanche." To read more, click here.

--USA Today is reporting that, "First responders in Vermont rescued 23 skiers and snowboarders from the backcountry after they were reported missing amid a blast of arctic air that dropped temperatures into the single digits, authorities said." To read more, click here.

--Vail resorts is reporting that, "to-date skier visits were down 16.2% compared to the prior year season-to-date period." To read more, click here.

Upcoming American Alpine Institute Programs:

Climbing in Red Rock Canyon
Mountaineering in Ecuador
Winter Mountaineering and Ice Climbing in the Sierra
Winter Mountaineering and Ice Climbing in Ouray
Avalanche Programs in Washington

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