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

Posted Dec 15 2011 9:00am

--The body of a hiker from New York was removed from Mount Rainier Tuesday. The body of Brian Grobois, 54, was located by helicopter in a remote area of upper Stevens Creek drainage on Monday evening.  To read more, click here .

--A new guidebook to backcountry skiing in Oregon has recently been released by Mountaineers Books.  To read more, click here .

--Kevin Hogan, Braden Downey and Will Hinkley made the first ascent of the 3000-foot West Face of Sloan Peak, one of the larger winter lines in the Cascades, this week. It's not yet totally clear whether this was a first ascent, but if it was, it was the most significant thing to take place in the Cascades since the ascent of Assassin Spire in 2010. Even if it wasn't an FA, it is a commendable line. To read more, click here

--Nearly a third of Washington’s year-round state parks staffers were notified last week that they likely will be laid off as a result of lagging sales of the new Discover Pass. Seasonal jobs will replace most of the one-hundred and sixty positions targeted in the action by the State Parks and Recreation Commission. Some of the same employees might end up taking those jobs, but only for about five months of the year.  To read more, click here .

--Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. reported financial results for the  fiscal 2011 fourth quarter and the period stretching from its initial public offering on November 9, 2010 to  September 30, 2011. Among the highlights reported, total visits returned to pre-2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games levels following a slump when visitors eschewed Whistler in favor of other destinations during the Olympic year. To read more, click here .


--Tommy Caldwell was not able to finish his free climbing objective on the Dawn Wall in Yosemite this year.  After spending 33 days working the route, he was forced to retreat off the project.  To read more, click here .

--Speaking of Tommy, it looks like the New York Times has investigated the use of social media in expeditionary climbing.  To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--There are a number of avenues by which people are now trying to stop the development in Red Rock Canyon.  The Save Red Rock Campaign has a number of events coming up.  To learn more, click here and here.

Notes from All Over:

--It's unfortunate, but it looks like fleece may be having a detrimental impact on the environment.  It appears that "nearly 2,000 polyester fibers can shake loose from a single piece of clothing in the wash and, unfortunately, those tiny plastic bits are making their way into the ocean." To read more, click here .

--National Park Service personnel at California's Pinnacles National Monument was informed on Monday that a climber was pinned under a boulder and in need of assistance. When the NPS arrived on scene the trapped climber was free from the boulder after his climbing partner dug out the talus from under him, allowing him to scramble out. However, the climber's condition deteriorated. To read more, click here .

--Helmet cams are so common now, it's not uncommon to find people caught in avalanches wearing them. Check out the following terrifying video of an avalanche and a rescue in Verbier, Switzerland. It's a long video, but you can fast forward to 6:29 to see the rescue

--Colin Haley and Jorge Ackerman recently finished the first complete route up the south face of Cerro Standhardt (8,956') in Patagonia. The team completed their line, El Caracol (5.9 A1+ AI3 M4, 1640') in a twenty-five-hour push on December 3rd. To read more, click here and here .

--Jon Walsh and Jon Simms recently completed a new mixed route on the Stanley Headwall, near Banff, Alberta. Man Yoga (M8 WI 5) climbs six pitches of varied terrain right of the route Suffer Machine. To read more, click here .

--Teen climber Jordon Romero is about to leave for the final ascent on his quest to be the youngest person to climb the Seven Summits.  Romero plans to climb Mount Vinson in Antarctica over the coming month. Romero became well-known after he completed an ascent of Mount Everest at the age of 13.  To read more, click here .

--Authorities rescued a 20-year-old University of Colorado student who became stuck while rock climbing on Colorado's Flatirons on Saturday afternoon. Xavier Rojas was free-soloing  on the Standard East Face route on the First Flatiron when he became stuck about 4 pm, Boulder County sheriff's Deputy John Seifert said in a news release on Sunday. To read more, click here .

--If you haven't heard about the alpine hut that hangs out over a cliff yet, then you have to check this out.

--Nine-times Everest summiteer Kenton Cool has been chosen as a torch-bearer in the run up to next year’s London Olympic games. To read more, click here .

--Most of the time when someone decides to take a can of spray-paint to the side of a building, nobody cares. When someone decided to put graffiti at the top of New Hampshire's Cathedral Ledge recently, however, it took two-days for a handful of rock climbers to jump into action. To read more, click here .

--The solar industry is looking for climbers.  Check it out, here .
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