Thursday, July 11, 2024

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 7/11/24


--Gripped is reporting that, "he Squamish RCMP have said that the bodies of three climbers who went missing at the start of June have been recovered. In a statement, BJ Chute, the manager of Squamish Search and Rescue, said the recovery operation took place in the Atwell Peak area near Mount Garibaldi. RCMP did not release the names of the climbers, saying their families have requested privacy. The climbers were last seen on May 31 in terrain described as “really complex and remote” by Squamish Search and Rescue member Christy Allan." To read more, click here.

--The Statesman Journal is reporting that, "A climber was rescued via helicopter from the high elevations of North Sister on Saturday, according to Lane County Search and Rescue. The climber "likely had several broken bones and was on an exposed scree slide taking rockfall," a news release said. North Sister is considered the most challenging and technical to climb of the trio of volcanoes in Central Oregon." To read more, click here.

--King Five is reporting that, "high temperatures across Washington will contribute to fire danger, elevate temperatures in streams and have an impact on wildlife, but they won't likely play a major role in melting snowpack because so much of it is already gone by this time of year." To read more, click here.

This is a photo of the 2023 Sourdough Fire in the North Cascades.
The fire was triggered by a lightning strike.

--The Seattle Times had a similar article this week: "As temperatures soar across Washington this week, so too will the risk of wildfire, state officials say. The hot weather (expected to hit triple digits in some places), ongoing drought and heavy gusts of wind form the three pillars of what is expected to be “near record” wildfire danger, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center’s Monday morning briefing." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--There were two distinct rescue incidents in Zion last week, but the wording of the emergency messages was incredibly similar. For a time, rangers thought they were the same incident. Read more.

--Like many other national parks, it looks like Zion is moving to a reservation system.

Notes from All Over:

--Outside is reporting on an incident in Yellowstone: "Visitors to Yellowstone National Park over the Independence Day weekend were rocked by news of a fatal shootout that occurred within park boundaries on the morning of July 4. That afternoon, the NPS published a press release about the incident: rangers responding to an emergency call had exchanged gunfire with an unidentified man at Canyon Village, one of the park’s busiest destinations." To read more, click here.

--Gripped is reporting that, "a study published in Nature Communications has reported that the Juneau Icefield is losing 50,000 gallons (190,000 litres) of water per second. The 3,900-square-kilometre icefield is composed of 1,000 glaciers on the border of Alaska and B.C." To read more, click here.

--Inside the Games is reporting that, "It is now official. This Wednesday, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Executive Board ratified the proposal to add Para Climbing to the LA 2028 sports programme. This is the first time a sport has been added to the Paralympic programme by an Organising Committee. It will join the 22 sports already included." To read more, click here.

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