--A bunch of ice climbers in Kananaskis got buried in an hangfire avalanche without any proper avi gear. Nobody was completely buried and everyone survived, but it's a good reminder that we all need to be on our toes regardless of what we're up to out there. The full account is in the Calgary newspaper.
--On a related note, the Snohomish Helicopter Rescue Team, which runs roughly 80 backcountry missions each year, lost had its federal funding for 2014 and beyond eliminated in May. Their fundraising deadlines to stay in operation are coming up; if you'd like to donate to the cause, you can do so through their fundraising page .
--The American Alpine Institute is working with a company called Galavantier to provide the option of rock climbing to Las Vegas visitors. Galavantier sent out a couple of their hosts with AAI guide Andrew Yasso to scale the walls of Red Rock Canyon on video. Check out the results below
--Ben Collett and Will Mayo put up a spicy, overhung 120 meter WI6+R M9 route on the Black Wall of Mt. Evans a few days prior to Halloween, capping off a month in which Evans saw a flurry of new ice lines going up. Their account of the climb can be found here .
Notes from All Over:
--Ammon McNeely recently had a widely publicized BASE jumping accident which we covered last week; here he discusses his take on the accident, his positive prognosis, and his plans from here. Best wishes and swift healing, Ammon.
--The bidding for the photo was fast and furious and by the time the dust settled Doug Scott had raised 2000 Swiss Francs for the family of Sona Sherpa who was murdered at the base camp of Nanga Parbat in Pakistan. The photo in question was a fine art print of Dougal Haston which Scott had taken on the summit of Everest and signed by other great climbing greats - Tom Hornbein, Reinhold Messner, Sir Chris Bonington and himself. To read more, click here .
--Sustainable tourism was the focus of a two-day conference organized by Western University , the sponsor of the inaugural UIAA Mountain Protection Award , in Baku, Azerbaijan. Among the 20 speakers and 50 attendees were UIAA vice-president Peter Farkas and UIAA Mountain Commission president Linda McMillan, Hussein Bagirov, president of Azerbaijan Air and Extreme Sports Federation (FAIREX), World Wildlife Fund representatives and specialists in ecotourism. To read more, click here .
--The following video is was put together by the UIAA to build "psyche" for this year's world cup ice climbing competitions
--Magnus Kastengren, a well known swedish big mountain skier, died in a 600m fall on Mt. Cook last week days after a probably first continuous descent of the mountain's East face with partners Andreas Fransson, Nick Begg and Tyrone Low.
--So there is an eighty-year-old Russian guy who fought a bear bear-handed, and got thrown over a cliff. He's still alive to tell the tale. To read more, click here .
--Four leading climate scientists have written a letter arguing that it's time to fully embrace nuclear energy as the foundation of a sustainable energy economy. They make the case that "Renewables like wind and solar and biomass will certainly play roles in a future energy economy, but those energy sources cannot scale up fast enough to deliver cheap and reliable power at the scale the global economy requires. While it may be theoretically possible to stabilize the climate without nuclear power, in the real world there is no credible path to climate stabilization that does not include a substantial role for nuclear power."