Thursday, March 21, 2024

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 3/21/24


--The Clackamus County Sheriff is reporting that, "On Saturday, March 16, 2024, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office managed a multi-team search and rescue mission after a climber fell near the summit of Mt. Hood. At approximately 4 p.m. Saturday, a 43-year-old woman was descending the popular South Side route on Mt. Hood when she was struck by falling ice and fell. She sustained injuries that left her unable to move." To read more, click here.

--The Columbian is reporting that, "The Washington Region 4 Technical Rescue Team saved a rock climber who fell off a rock wall and suffered a traumatic hip injury Thursday at Beacon Rock State Park, according to the Vancouver Fire Department. 'This was a really tough one. This was a once in a career rescue effort. This is why we spend hundreds of hours training for an event like this. Everyone worked well together and performed professionally and proficiently,' Vancouver Fire said in a statement. To read more, click here.

--SnowBrains is reporting that, "on Sunday, March, 17, an avalanche forecaster triggered a destructive wet slab avalanche near Dollarhide Summit in the Smoky Mountains of Idaho by throwing a snowball at a slope. It ran 1,400′ to the valley below. A forecaster discussion on the Sawtooth Avalanche Center’s website shared information about the current wet slab avalanche cycle running in both the Smokey Mountains and Sawtooth Range of Idaho." To read more, click here.

The Stawamus Chief in Squamish

--The Klahanie Campground across from Shannon Falls in Squamish is for sale. Unfortunately, it is likely that this nice little campground will become condos or a hotel. Read more.

--Dogs have to be leashed this year in Skaha.

--Cascadia Daily News is reporting that, "The Golden West Visitor Center in Stehekin, a small community known for its remote location within North Cascades National Park, will remain closed this summer due to staffing and funding shortages, the National Park Service announced on Tuesday, March 19." To read more, click here.


--2 News Nevada is reporting that, "A skier had to be rescued last week after skiing out of bounds on the back side of Mt. Rose Ski Resort. The skier left the resort through the Manzanita Bowl gate and had failed to turn back toward the resort before skiing past what the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Hasty Team described as the "point of no return" in a post to their Facebook page." To read more, click here.

--The Sierra Sun is reporting that, "The Placer County Sheriff’s Office describes a recent rescue by Tahoe Nordic as challenging. Windy conditions and nightfall met the team as they searched for an out-of-bounds skier." To read more, click here.

--California National Parks top the list for air polution issues. Read more.

Colorado and Utah:

--CBS News Colorado is reporting that, "a skier died after hitting a tree at Keystone Ski Resort on Thursday. The Summit County Sheriff's Office said the incident occurred on the Flying Dutchman Trail on Dercum Mountain about 9:45 a.m. March 14." To read more, click here.

--Moab's Castleton Campground is now closed indefinitely. To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--Outside and many other outlets are reporting that, "pioneering mountaineer, climate advocate, and adventure filmmaker David Breashears was found deceased on Thursday, March 14 at his home in Massachusetts. He was 68 years old." To read more, click here.

--Outside was pretty cheeky about an actor's abuse of a National Park: "On Thursday March 14, a district judge in Wyoming named Stephanie A. Hambrick presided over the court case of Irish movie star Pierce Brosnan—yes, he of James Bond fame. Brosnan, 70, was accused of breaking sacrosanct rules of decorum in Yellowstone National Park during his visit there on November 1. The Park Service said that Brosnan hiked off a marked pathway while visiting the Mammoth Terraces hot springs and then snapped a selfie in front of the natural wonder—despite the presence of signs saying to stay on the trail. The authorities found out about the offense because, of course, Brosnan uploaded a cool mid-crime photo to Instagram. Yes, according to the National Park Service, 007 himself acted like a bonafide Touron of Yellowstone." To read more, click here.

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