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Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 11/15/12

Posted Nov 15 2012 9:00am

--American Alpine Institute will be hosting 2 events in celebration of International Mountain Day.  The first will be on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Bellingham, and the second will be Saturday Dec. 8 in Everett.  Both days will include rock rescue seminars, avalanche awareness seminars, food, drinks, and a raffle with all proceeds benefiting the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center.  To learn more about the event and to sign up for the seminars, click here .

--Another benefit for NWAC is scheduled for this weekend, Nov. 15.  Snowbash is an event put on by FOAC (Friend of the Avalanche Center) in Seattle and will feature food, drinks, live music, a raffle, and a series of short films put together by Coast Mountain Culture and Sherpa Cinemas.  To learn more, check out their Facebook event page here .

--There is a crazy photo floating around out there that shows the Easton Glacier on Mount Baker in 1912 and the glacier in 2012. The recession is absolutely terrifying. To see the photo, click here .

Desert Southwest:

--The BLM's final draft of its Environmental Impact Statement was released last Friday for the proposed 1044 acre Desert Harvest Solar Project just outside of Joshua Tree National Park.  Although the Project would generate 135 megawatts of solar energy, opponents are worried it would also be visible from both Highway 10 and prominent peaks within Park boundary.  To read the EIS and comment on it, click here .

--A hang-glider pilot was rescued from Copper Mountain, just north of Joshua Tree National Park, after loosing control of the take-off and breaking both arms.  To read more, click here .

Notes from All Over:

--The Mountaineering Council of Scotland has approached a group of energy firms in an effort to redirect plans for possible wind farms in the mountains of Scotland.  To read more, click here .

--Noted British mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington, who carried the Olympic Torch to the highest point in the UK during last year's Olympic Relay, will be auctioning off the Torch to raise money for his charity, Community Action Nepal (CAN).  CAN was created to Aid Nepalese porters, and to open and maintain schools and hospitals there.  To read more, click here .

--A climber fell 30 feet at the University of Iowa's Rec Center climbing wall last Thursday.  Although the climber reportedly landed on his feet, he subsequently crushed two vertebrae.  To read more, click here

--It is possible that Go Pro helmet cams could have a serious impact on the signal from an avalanche transceiver
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