Thursday, February 29, 2024

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 1/29/24


--Unofficial Networks is reporting that, "on the morning of February 21, 2024, the quiet slopes of Avalanche Gulch on Mount Shasta revealed the aftermath of a tremendous force of nature—a very large (D4) natural avalanche. This awe-inspiring event unfolded during the heart of a powerful winter storm that had blanketed the region in a thick layer of snow from February 17th, relentlessly depositing nearly constant precipitation over four days." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--Hometown Weekly is reporting that, "Emergency crews rescued an injured climber who fell from a rock face Sunday morning in Eldorado Canyon. According to Mountain View Fire Rescue’s Facebook post, crews responded around 10:41 a.m. to Eldorado State Park to help a climber who fell from a rock face." To read more, click here.

--CPCW is reporting that, "a woman skiing backcountry terrain west of the Park City ridgeline had to be flown to the hospital after being caught in an avalanche." To read more, click here.

--SnowBrains is reporting that, "a snowboarder had a shocking last run of the day when he was cruising near Brighton Ski Resort, Utah. Loren Richardson was going down a narrow pathway on his snowboard when he happened upon an older man brandishing a shotgun, threatening to 'put holes' into him, if he traveled down that pathway again." To read the story, click here. To see the video, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--SnowBrains is reporting that, "A skier died on Friday evening, February 23, at The Highlands at Harbor Springs Resort, Michigan, following an accident in expert terrain." To read more, click here.

--The New York Almanack is reporting that, "On Tuesday, February 20th at about 1:20 pm, Ray Brook Dispatch received a call to assist an ice climber who fell while climbing Pitchoff Mountain in the Adirondacks." To read more, click here.

--RV Pro is reporting that, "Kampgrounds of America (KOA)’s latest monthly report showed a significant uptick in travel bookings for the 2024 season, particularly among Gen Z campers. The report indicates the continuing trend of integrating road trips with camping, noting a 10% higher preference for road trips over traditional camping activities. This preference highlights a broader enthusiasm for exploration and adventure, with 59% of campers favoring road trips and 49% opting for stationary camping." To read more, click here.

--The Whitefish Ski Resort is joining a number of others with a patroller unionization effort. To read more, click here.

--The National Parks just released a press release on visitation: "The National Park Service announced that 400 national parks reported a total of 325.5 million recreation visits in 2023, an increase of 13 million or 4% over 2022. In addition to the continued growth in overall numbers, NPS data shows that visitation is increasing in the more traditional off-seasons at many parks, with more visits in the spring and fall than seen in years past. And 20 parks—many of them less well-known—broke visitation records in 2023." To read more, click here.

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