--The Vancouver Sun published an interesting editorial this week about out-of-bounds skiers and snowboarders. They stated that the idea that nobody would come to save these individuals -- as many warning signs indicate -- is untrue. It's human nature to save people in distress...even those who brought it on themselves. To read the editorial, click here .
--The search for the plane that went missing on December 17th in Yosemite National Park was suspended on December 27th. Five feet of new snow accumulated in the park during the timeframe of the search creating difficult and dangerous conditions. To read more, click here .
--The BLM is continuing to look into the desecration and destruction of ancient petroglyphs near the town of Bishop. It appears that the person who damaged them used a power saw to cut them out and remove them from their location. To read more, click here .
--The Sierra Wave has a round-up of the Sierra based avalanches and tragedies last week. To read more, click here .
--A 19-year-old man was injured while hiking in Red Rock Canyon on December 26th. To read more, click here .
--Bill Forrest, a Colorado climbing legend who also made significant contributions to the development of climbing equipment, died while snowshoeing on December 21st near Monarch Pass. Forrest was 73. To read more, click here .
Notes from All Over:
--A skier was killed in an accident at the Blue Mountain Resort in Ontario. Details of the accident are still murky. To read more, click here .
--A skier is okay after being partially buried by an avalanche just outside of Whitefish, Montana on Christmas Day. To read more, click here .
--Marijuana farms linked to Mexican drug cartels have been found in 67 National Forests across 20 states. To read more, click here .
--On December 19th, the International Federation of Sport Climbing met with the Olympic Committee Program Commission. They met to make the case that climbing should be entered into the Olympics for the 2020 games. Climbing is competing with softball, karate, roller sports, wake boarding, and wushu. To read more, click here .
--An excellent weather window on Patagonia's Cerro Torre lead to a rush up the mountain's west face and reportedly resulted in 28 people summiting in two days. To read more, click here .
--The Access Fund sent out a newsletter late last week that enumerated the victories that they have facilitated for climbers and climber access in 2012. Here is the list
Saved Holy Boulders in Southern Illinois from development by securing temporary ownership of the property while locals fundraise to secure permanent access. You can help permanently protect the Holy Boulders by making a donation here .
Conservation Team tours 19 states, putting blood and sweat into 30 climbing areas by building 23 stone staircases, constructing 16 retaining walls, installing 15 drainage structures, eliminating 1,500 feet of social trails, cleaning 5 cliffs of graffiti, and picking up lots of trash.
Put Hueco Rock Ranch in climber-friendly hands by partnering with the American Alpine Club to purchase this iconic climbing resource.
Convened the Future of Fixed Anchors conference, bringing together the most prolific and knowledgeable first ascentionists, route equippers, advocates, and industry representatives to help proactively develop an American consensus for best bolting practices and to discuss the future of our sport.
Partnered with the Southeastern Climbers Coalition to save Hospital Boulders from being auctioned to the highest bidder.
Helped lift a 9-year climbing ban at Auburn Quarry by partnering with Climbing Resource Advocates for Greater Sacramento to negotiate access with local government and fundraise to cover critical services for the climbing area.
Awarded over $45,000 in grants to support local access and conservation projects across the country—from climbing access trails, toilet installation, stewardship events, and climber education brochures to funding that kept climbing in our State Parks open amidst rampant budget cuts.
Expanded joint membership program to 14 partners, giving climbers the option to join the AF and their local group with one membership, sending much needed dollars directly back into local climbing communities.
Opened a regional office in Chattanooga, TN to assist local climbing organizations in the Southeast with a myriad of private land access issues and opportunities.
Completed fundraising for Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign with $1.6 million, enabling the Access Fund to move quickly to save threatened climbing areas.