Thursday, March 14, 2024

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 3/14/24


--560 KPQ is reporting that, "A Leavenworth resident and forecaster for the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) is dead after a climbing accident along Icicle Road late last week. Forty-year-old Matt Primomo was reportedly scaling Icicle Buttress about six miles outside Leavenworth when he suffered a fatal fall at around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday." To read more, click here.

--Out There Colorado is reporting that, "a recent skier death that took place in the Canadian Province of British Columbia involved a hazard that all slopesport enthusiasts should be aware of – a tree well. According to a report from CBC, a 76-year-old man died after falling into a tree well at Red Mountain Resort on March 5. The skier was found buried in deep snow by another resort skier, rescued by members of the resort's volunteer ski patrol, but ultimately dying shortly after the incident at a local hospital." To read more, click here.

--Gripped is reporting on an avalanche survival story: "search and rescue specialists say that a woman was buried for 20 minutes before being rescued in the North Shore mountains north of Vancouver. According to the North Shore Rescue (NSR) Facebook page, she was snowshoeing with a partner near Pump Peak on Mount Seymour when the avalanche struck and buried both of them." To read more, click here.

--The beloved Seattle mountaineering store, Pro Mountain Sports, is closing.

Desert Southwest:

--The Nevada Globe is reporting that, "A dramatic rescue unfolded Friday afternoon in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area after a climber became lost and sustained critical injuries. According to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue (LVFR), their Technical Rescue Team was called to the scene after reports of a stranded climber on the White Rock Trail within the Red Rock Loop." In the photo attached to the article, it looks like the rescuer is rappelling down Tunnel Vision (5.7, III). To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--The Denver Gazette is reporting that, "Two rock climbers were rescued in Eldorado Canyon State Park south of Boulder on Saturday evening after becoming stuck. Boulder County rescue crews were called just before 8 p.m. by two climbers who were stuck on the top pitch of the T-2 climb located on Tower Two of the Redgarden Wall." To read more, click here.

--REI is adding a new store to Loveland.

--Townlift is reporting that, "Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) released its second quarter of fiscal 2024 results on Monday. The report highlighted the company’s resilience amid unfavorable conditions, with a net income increase for the quarter to $219.3 million from $208.7 million year-over-year. Vail Resorts reports a 9.7% drop in season-to-date skier visits. The company saw a 2.6% increase in lift revenue and a 5.5% increase in ski school revenue." To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--SnowBrains is reporting that, "A 19-year-old backcountry skier was killed in an avalanche in Spray Valley Provincial Park, Alberta, on Sunday, March 10. Two skiers were on a ridge crest on The Tower. Skier 1 entered the slope and skied about 300 feet (100 meters) before Skier 2 entered and triggered the slide. Skier 2 managed to grab onto a tree and escape burial. Unfortunately, Skier 1, wearing an airbag but didn’t manage to inflate it, was caught by the avalanche and buried under six feet of snow." To read more, click here.

--A 20-year-old backcountry skier died in a fall on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire on Saturday. To read more, click here.

--Gripped is reporting that, "Polish climbers Marcin Tomaszewski and Pawel Haldas have made the first ascent of Cold Wars, a 19-pitch 980-metre mixed route up the south face of Moose’s Tooth in Alaska. It climbs 250 metres of approach slopes and 730 metres up to M5 A3." To read more, click here.

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