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Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 11/29/12

Posted Nov 29 2012 9:00am

Bellingham - December 1st and Everett December 8th

The American Alpine Institute will be sponsoring four events to celebrate International Mountain Day and to raise money for the Friends of the Northwest  Weather and Avalanche Center . There will be rock rescue seminars, avalanche awareness seminars, pizza, beer, live music, raffles and an auction. Check out our full write-up on the event, here .


--On October 3rd a private helicopter crashed in a remote part of the North Cascades National Park. The pilot and a passenger were forced to hike out over 20 miles to a road. It appears that the pilot will be charged with something, likely to do with the operation of a helicopter in the wilderness. To read more, click here .

A mural of Bigfoot at Bellingham's Larabee State Park

--Bigfoot was popular over the long weekend. On Slate , a writer muses about the fact that Bigfoot researchers don't really want to use the scientific method because it might disprove their belief in the animal. Froma Harrop from the Providence Journal interviewed a popular Bigfoot researcher that has his own reality show. And another Bigfoot researcher claims to have DNA evidence of the creature.


--The Mammoth Mountain CEO has stated that he would like to reopen the June Mountain Resort next year. However, it appears that some in the little town are "aggressively" searching for a buyer for the mountain. To read more, click here .

Desert Southwest:

--An individual was killed in a fall in the Calico Hills of Red Rock Canyon this week. At this early time little is known about the incident. It is not clear if it was a hiker or a climber and no one witnessed the fall. To read more, click here .

--Temporary signs have been put up warning of bees at Arizona's Camelback Mountain after the death of a 19-year old climber. News reports indicate that the individual was unroped when he was attacked by bees and fell off a cliff. To read more, click here.

--A man and a woman who went missing on Saturday were rescued on Tuesday in Joshua Tree National Park. To read more, click here .

--Zion National Park recently received a gift from an anonymous benefactor. The park received a 30-acre private inholding, an area completely surrounded by park lands. To read more, click here .


--The Colorado Department of Transportation is gearing up to experiment with an automated system that would trigger avalanches in the state's high country near highways. To read more, click here .

Notes from All Over
--A massive outdoor recreation bill expected to pass through the Senate on Monday has environmentalists and hunters at odds. Environmentalists are specifically concerned with language in the bill that would allow hunters to continue to use lead ammunition. Reportedly, over 14,000 tons of lead is introduced into the environment every year through expelled ammunition. To read more, click here .

--The St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Dillon now has a helicopter enabled with technology which allows them to pinpoint buried avalanche beacons. To read more, click here .

--Is it possible for a computer algorithm that takes a skiers gender, height, weight and skill-level into account to create the perfect ski? According to an article in the New York Times, the answer is a resounding, yes.  To read the article, click here .

--The American Alpine Club Southwest Dinner will feature alpinist Mark Richey this weekend. To learn more, click here .

--Climbing magazine asks, "Can climbing help residents of Brazil's slums?" It sounds like it can. To read the article, click here .
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