Thursday, September 7, 2023

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 9/7/23


--A new Grade VI, 5.9 alpine route was just put up on the periphery of Mt. Shuksan. Check it out!

--The Bellingham Herald is reporting that, "Several Washington volcanoes are showing what appear to be swarms of minor earthquakes, a phenomenon that’s lasted for the past month or more. But a Western Washington University seismologist known for explaining the recent “Swift quake” says they might not be earthquakes at all." To read more, click here.


Desert Southwest:

--The Nevada Independent is reporting that, "Nevada State Parks is rolling out a reservation system for overnight visitors, as well as some day-use visitors, starting Sept. 1. Reserve Nevada, a new online reservation system, will offer reservations for day-use passes, campsites and cabins, annual permits and special events. Reservations, which include a service fee of up to $5 per transaction on top of base entry fees, are highly recommended, according to Jenny Jackson, education and information officer." To read more, click here.

--Tropical storm Hillary reeked havoc on Death Valley National Park. It could be months until the Park reopens.

Colorado and Utah:

--USA Today is reporting that, "authorities in Colorado have recovered the body of a 29-year-old man who went missing in the Rocky Mountains over the weekend. The Summit County Rescue Group recovered the body from a boulder field in Officers Gulch on Sunday, the organization said in a Facebook post." To read more, click here.

--Deer Valley is sticking to its snowboard ban as it takes over the Mayflower Resort, substantially increasing its skiable terrain. To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--The Daily Beast is reporting that, "officials found the body of a missing Colorado man in Glacier National Park on Friday after he went missing for several days while on a climbing trip, KRTV reported. Adam Fuselier, 32, was last heard from Tuesday, with rangers receiving notification the next morning that he was overdue from his Reynolds Mountain climb." To read more, click here.

Thursday, August 31, 2023

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 8/31/23


--Gripped is reporting that, "North Sister is a popular mountain in central Oregon that’s considered one of the hardest to climb of the Cascade volcanoes. It’s not as tall as the nearby South Sister, but it’s climbed less due to the difficulties. The standard south ridge has exposed fourth and fifth class scrambling and steep snow traverses, making it a potentially dangerous objective. Within a month this summer, two climbers died after falling down North Sister during their ascents." To read more, click here.

--There were rescues on Mt. Baker and on Mt. Stuart over the last week.

--Skaha Bluffs (a climbing area near Penticton, BC) has a unique program where folks are paid to watch the parking lot in order to deter theft. They are looking for donations to continue this program as the Skaha fall season starts. To read more, click here.

--SnowBrains is reporting that, "The trend of businesses going cashless has increased steadily over the years. Just looking at the ski industry, names like Vail Resorts, Snowbird, Killington, Big Sky, and many more have all gone cashless. Vail Resorts, one of the biggest conglomerates in the industry, was an early adopter of this policy when it arose as part of their safety precautions for COVID-19. It appears there are no plans to change the policy anytime soon. Now Mt Hood Meadows recently announced it will be going cashless ahead of the 2023/24 season." To read more, click here.


--Liftblog is reporting that, "three new chairlifts may be coming to Alterra’s outpost in Southern California. Under a plan unveiled today, Big Bear Mountain Resort would link neighboring Bear Mountain and Snow Summit via a series of new lifts and trails to form a cohesive mountain. The project would be remarkable given the two mountains haven’t seen a single new lift in 25 years. The two came under common ownership in 2002 and Alterra added nearby Snow Valley to the resort earlier this year. In addition to the interconnect, Big Bear also plans to add a new beginner terrain pod at Bear Mountain, expand snowmaking, construct mountain bike trails, build a zip tour and install an alpine coaster." To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--Unnofficial Networks is reporting that, "Lee Canyon: Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, located less than an hour’s drive from Las Vegas, has sustained major damage from the remains of Hurricane Hilary. In photos shared by the ski area and by Mt Charleston Mountain Man on X we see the extent of thes infrastructure damage to Lee Canyon. 'In light of the limited initial assessment, it is with a heavy heart that we announce the end of our summer mountain operations,' the ski area announced this afternoon. 'We understand the anticipation and excitement surrounding this season, and we will be reaching out to our mountain biking day pass and season pass holders with information as soon as possible due to this unforeseen closure. Trails, chairlifts, and essential facilities that encompass our summer offerings have borne the brunt of this unexpected occurrence,' the statement continued." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--ABC 4 Utah is reporting that, "Officials are warning hikers at Mount Timpanogos to keep an eye – and a leash – on their dogs after three were killed within three weeks while hiking. On Sunday, the Timpanogos Emergency Response Team said a third dog was killed in as many weeks over the weekend by mountain goats. The dog was reportedly off-leash and harassed a mother goat while she was with her babies. The mother mountain goat retaliated, feeling her children were threatened by the dog, and pushed the dog off a cliff." To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--8KPAX is reporting from Montana that, "a climber was hoisted to safety in the Swan Mountains. Lake County Search and Rescue was recently called out to help Swan Valley Search and Rescue for a 'distressed climber stuck on the south cliff below the Swan Range glaciers,' according to a social media post." To read more, click here.

--The Idaho Statesman is reporting that, "a climber spent a 'harrowing' night trapped in a canyon after he fell and injured his arm so severely he couldn’t climb back out to safety, Wyoming officials said. The 'challenging' rescue took 24 hours in total, the Wyoming Army National Guard said in an Aug. 29 news release." To read more, click here.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 8/24/23


--The Bulletin is reporting that, "The body of a missing climber who intended to summit the North and Middle sisters in a single day was found on Saturday by the Army National Guard, four days after disappearing in the Three Sisters Wilderness." To read more, click here.

--Campfires are currently banned on all PNW Forests and in all PNW National Parks.

The Sourdough Fire shortly before the closure of the North Cascades Highway.

--The North Cascades highway is opening and closing intermittently due to two wildfires. The first is on Sourdough Mountain. And the second is just west of Blue Lake. The Blue Lake Trailhead is commonly used to access many of the routes in the Liberty Bell massif in Washington Pass. For updates, click here.

--There are multiple Pacific Crest Trail reroutes due to fire activity in the Cascades. Click on the area for reroute info: Glacier Peak Wilderness, Stehekin to Methow Valley, Dome Peak and Blue Lakes Fire Map.


--Gripped is reporting that, "Yosemite National Park rangers have said that evidence of black bears climbing Yosemite’s Half Dome has been found. Half Dome is one of California’s most popular and often-climbed summits." To read more, click here.

"The Nose," on El Capitan

--From Gripped: "The first rope-solo of The Nose in a day was back in 1989, but few climbers have managed to accomplish the sub-24-hour ascent sans partner. The most recent solo ascent was last week." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--CBS Colorado is reporting that, "The man who wrote the book on climbing Colorado's 14ers and many other popular mountaineering guides and stories is in a hospital in Durango after a climbing accident last week. Gerry Roach is at Centura-Mercy Hospital in Durango after a 100 foot fall on an unnamed 13,200 foot peak about a dozen miles west of Silverton in San Juan County. His wife Jennifer Roach, also a noted climber and writer, posts that the 79-year-old's prognosis is good." To read more, click here.

--The Colorado Sun is reporting that, "Support for public lands and natural resource conservation in the West tends to eclipse political affiliation, with a steadily growing number of Colorado voters supporting increased federal protections, especially as climate change threatens landscapes. The annual Center for Western Priorities 'Winning the West' poll of 1,807 voters in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada show increasing support for conservation even as political affiliation fades." To read more, click here.

--SnowBrains is reporting that, "Alterra Mountain Company, the world’s premier mountain operating company, has announced a major terrain expansion of Deer Valley Resort that will add 3,700 acres of terrain to its world-renowned, ski-only destination located in the Wasatch Mountains in Park City, Utah. In addition, the development of a new village and portal will dramatically improve access to the resort while adding world-class lodging, dining, and retail amenities in partnership with Extell Development Company." To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--Gripped is reporting that, "earlier this week, four climbers died after falling at a height on Mexico’s highest mountain, Pico de Orizaba, which stands at 5,636 metres. One of the roped climbers fell, dragging the others down the south side." To read more, click here.

--The Star Tribune is reporting that, "the U.S. Forest Service is seeking to change its rules to allow carbon dioxide to be injected and permanently stored on the nation's forest lands. A draft of the rule and 60-day comment period is set for this fall. Capturing and storing carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas driving global warming, is a key part of the Biden administration plan to fight the climate crisis. Last year's historic climate bill appropriated about $12 billion in federal funding for carbon management technologies, according to the Carbon Capture Coalition, a Washington D.C.-based nonpartisan group of more than 100 businesses, including fossil fuel companies, unions, and conservation groups." To read more, click here.

--Outdoor Sportswire is reporting that, "America Outdoors, the nation’s one-stop resource for outdoor recreation providers and the industry leaders in public policy, is proud to announce a new award category that will be presented during the 2023 America Outdoors Conference, to be held December 5-8 in Phoenix, Arizona. The inaugural Innovator Award will be presented in addition to the George and Pamela Wendt Industry Achievement Award during the awards ceremony on December 7." To read more, click here.

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 8/10/23


--News Channel 21 is reporting that, "Deschutes County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers had a busy weekend, first rescuing an injured hiker in the Three Sisters Wilderness on Saturday in an overnight mission involving two helicopters, and then a fallen, injured climber near Smith Rock Sunday in a five-hour effort by several agencies." To read more, click here.

--Campfires are have been banned east of the Cascade Crest.


--Hank the Tank, a bear with a penchant for breaking into houses has been captured near South Lake Tahoe. To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--There is currently limited information, but it appears that there was a fatality in Seneca Rocks in West Virginia. For more information, click here.

--The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area posted the following on Facebook: "Solstice Canyon will be closed beginning Monday, July 31, due to the multiple beehives affecting visitor use and park services. Numerous visitor bee stings have been reported, and topography renders the affected area unavoidable.  The hives are concentrated at the main Solstice Canyon Trail, TRW Overlook Trail junction, and the education shelter structure." To read more, click here.

--The National Federation of Federal Employees posted the following, last week: "Today, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) is proud to announce workers at Yellowstone National Park have elected America’s first federal employee union to represent America’s first established National Park. Interpretive Park Rangers, educators, researchers, fee collectors, first responders, firefighters, and other staff working for the Department of Interior’s National Park Service are now unionized after voting in favor by over 80%." To read more, click here.

--Ski Area Management is reporting that, "After 31 years of ownership, Jay, Connie, and Betty Kemmerer have sold Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) to a group of local investors for an undisclosed amount. The Kemmerers, who purchased JHMR in 1992, said their highest priority was maintaining JHMR’s status as an independent, family-owned resort." To read more, click here.

--Gripped is reporting that, "despite being a hot and smoky summer in the Canadian Rockies, climbers have been busy repeating old routes and establishing new ones. First ascents have gone up on several walls, including the Stanley Headwall and on Castle Mountain." To read more, click here.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 7/26/23


--The Mountaineers is reporting that, "on the morning of July 10, 2023, Rose Vanderhoof, 33-year Mountaineers member and avid outdoor enthusiast, became the oldest woman to summit Mt.Rainier at 78. She reached the summit with her son Chris Haugen, granddaughter Aleah Haugen, friend Mingrey Hildebrandt, and Mt. Tahoma Trails Association’s High Hut Manager Dr. Leyton Jump, who led the climb. This trip marked Rose’s ninth, and last, summit of Mt. Rainier." To read more, click here.


--In more older folks doing cool stuff news, SnowBrains is reporting that, "93-year-old Everett Kalin achieved a remarkable milestone by summiting Half Dome in Yosemite National Park on July 18th, becoming the oldest person to do so." To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--City News Service is reporting that, "Firefighters from the Riverside County Fire Department rescued a rock climber in Jurupa Valley who suffered major injuries Saturday." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--SnowBrains is reporting that, "The affordable housing shortage in ski towns is widespread and has been well documented. In mountain resort towns across the country, this crisis is causing employee shortages, crippling local businesses, and threatening the soul of a ski town’s true identity and culture. Park City, UT, is no exception to this quandary. The average home costs over $2 million, and the cost of living in Summit County is 35% higher than the national average." To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--Gripped is reporting that, "rand Teton National Park has announced that a climber died after falling while climbing the Grand Teton. Brayden DuRee, 40, of Idaho, was climbing the Owen-Spalding when he fell around 20 metres down the section known as the Owen Chimney." To read more, click here.

--The Cody Enterprise is reporting that, "a 32-year-old Montana climber and member of the Carbon County Search and Rescue team died July 14 while climbing at the Gardner Headwall off the Beartooth Highway, according to a Park County Sheriff’s Office press release. The climber was identified as Andrew Evans of Red Lodge. Though he was wearing a protective helmet, he had been struck on his head by falling rocks that caused “life-ending injuries” before responders could reach him, the release said." To read more, click here.

--SnowBrains is reporting that, "On Saturday morning, a woman was found deceased on the Buttermilk Trail west of West Yellowstone following an apparent bear encounter. Investigators confirmed grizzly bear tracks at the scene, and the investigation is ongoing. The Custer Gallatin National Forest has issued an emergency closure of the Buttermilk area for human safety. Please avoid the area. More information will be provided as it becomes available." To read more, click here.

--Here's a post about Lady Gaga going "rock climbing" on a via ferrata.

--SnowBrains is reporting that, "a snowboarding coach, David Bloch, has taken legal action against Vermont state and school officials, filing a federal lawsuit claiming his First Amendment rights were violated. Bloch was fired from his position as the founder and head coach of the snowboarding team at Woodstock Union High School after engaging in a respectful conversation about biological differences between males and females in sports." To read more, click here.

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 7/20/23


Yak Peak

--Gripped is reporting that, "on July 12, two alpine rock climbers were rescued off B.C.’s famous Yak Peak after one of the climbers took a 60-foot fall. They were on the popular Yak Check, a 12-pitch 5.10a." To read more, click here.

--Campfires outside of established fire rings are prohibited for the remainder of the summer season in the Mt. Baker-Snoqaulmie National Forest. To read more, click here.

--Gripped is reporting that, "ric Carter recently traversed the Tantalus Range on B.C.’s west coast in an impressive eight hours, 59 minutes and six seconds. The sub-nine-hour traverse is the fastest known time (FKT) of the route." To read more, click here.


--The Daily is reporting that, "On July 14, the National Park Service announced that Yosemite’s 46-mile Tioga Road had finally been cleared of snow. However, the road is unable to open due to extensive damage caused by the snow, and the delay is expected to last through July." To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--The National Park Service is reporting that, "The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced the award of $27.5 million to the National Park Service (NPS) for the Grand Canyon National Park Shuttle Bus Fleet Replacement project in Arizona. The project includes 30 new buses, including 10 new battery electric buses and 20 new compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, to replace the current aging fleet and the installation of charging infrastructure to support the new electric buses. An estimated 6 million people visit the park each year and use the free shuttle buses to access destinations throughout the Grand Canyon." To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--11 News is reporting that, "A rock climber was killed in an accident on a 13er Saturday morning. According to the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office, two climbers were making their way up Grizzly Peak D when one was fatally injured in an accident. According to an official involved in the rescue/recovery, who spoke with 11 News sister station CBS Denver, the hiker was hit by a large boulder that broke off of mountain’s northeastern ridge. The exact circumstances around the incident haven’t been released; it’s unclear if the boulder rolled on him or was part of a rockfall from higher up. CBS Denver is reporting the climber fell." To read more, click here.

A Utah Department of Transportation rendering of the new 
gondola slated to go up Little Cottonwood Canyon.

--SnowBrains is reporting that, "Last Wednesday, the Utah Department of Transportation approved a plan that will allow construction of the world’s longest gondola, running from the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon to the town of Alta. As one could imagine, the already prominent divisiveness within Utah’s ski and snowboard community regarding the gondola ignited like kerosene thrown on an open flame; people either love it or they hate it." To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--Yahoo News is reporting that, "a climber died as rescuers tried to reach him after his head was “struck by falling rocks,” according to a Wyoming sheriff’s office. Andrew Evans, 32, of Red Lodge, Montana, was stranded about 400 feet from the “Gardner Headwall on the Beartooth Highway” after becoming injured on Friday, July 14, the Park County Sheriff’s Office said in a July 18 Facebook post." To read more, click here.

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 7/13/23



--Fox 40 is reporting that, "According to the agency, a person was rescued by Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District on Sunday afternoon in the Sierra Nevada Mountains after falling about 30 feet and suffering significant injuries." It's not clear where this is. To read more, click here.

--Snowbrains is reporting that, "On the afternoon of July 2, three hikers were caught and carried by a wet-loose avalanche on Split Mountain near Big Pine, California. The Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center reports that two of the hikers sustained mild to moderate injuries from the slide while the third sustained severe injuries before ultimately succumbing to the trauma and dying." To read more, click here.

--The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Yosemite may bring back the park entry reservation system in 2024. To read more, click here (paywall).

--SnowBrains is reporting that as of right now, there is no opening date for Tioga Pass. "Caltrans recently gave updates on clearing 9,943′ Tioga Pass in California and is still unable to estimate an opening date. The opening of the popular route through Yosemite National Park’s high country has been delayed due to historic snowfall during the winter." To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting that, "a Clark County judge ruled Wednesday that certain county employees must preserve private text messages related to developer Jim Rhodes’ long-stalled housing project near Red Rock Canyon. The scope of messages preserved will be 'narrowly tailored' to staffers in the comprehensive planning and air quality management departments and will only include communications related to the Gypsum Resources LLC proposed development on Blue Diamond Hill, District Judge Joanna Kishner said in a morning hearing. Rhodes and the county have been locked in a years-long legal dispute in which the developer alleges that Commissioner Justin Jones and county employees conspired to railroad his project and that the county subsequently destroyed evidence." To read more, click here.

--Gripped is reporting that, "a new Hollywood horror film called The Sound will star Alex Honnold, Brette Harrington and Adrian Ballinger, along with actor William Fichtner. The movie was written and is being directed by Brendan Devane, known for his work on The Canyonlands. The Sound, which is currently being filmed in Nevada, is described on IMBD as, 'A group of climbers embarks on a dangerous climb that has been off-limits for years. What initially begins as an audacious expedition transforms into a battle for survival against a force that toys with them.'" To read more, click here.

Colorado and Utah:

--The National Park Service is reporting that, "on Sunday, July 9, 2023, a 26-year-old female from Boulder, Colorado died after an approximate 500-foot-fall while free-solo climbing on the Four Aces of Blitzen Ridge in Rocky Mountain National Park. Blitzen Ridge is located on Ypsilon Mountain on the east side of the park." To read more, click here.

--A second free-solo climber had an accident in the Flatirons. From the Daily Camera: "A 22-year-old climber fell approximately 100 feet Monday evening while free soloing the Direct East Face Route of the First Flatiron, a Boulder County Sheriff news release said. At approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday, a Boulder resident was near the top of the route when they fell and slid down the face, landing on a ledge, the release said. Due to the fall, the climber had serious injuries and was unable to move." To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--All the campsites are booked everywhere. How should I find a site? A great article from Outside.

--A helicopter pilot received two citations after illegally landing on the shore of Jackson Lake inside the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park. Each citation is a class B misdemeanor. To read more, click here.