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Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 12/27/12

Posted Dec 27 2012 9:00am
Northwest:

--Ducking under the rope in a ski area is extremely dangerous. Last week, a poacher was nearly killed when he entered a roped off area where avalanche control was in progress and a bomb had been planted with a lit fuse. The poacher skied right over the bomb and had a very close call. To read more, click here .

--Last week we reported on a skier that was buried in an avalanche at Crystal Mountain Ski Area. It turns out that one of the skiers rescuers was wearing a Go Pro helmet cam during the rescue. The following footage is terrifying


--Last year, the Stevens Pass ski community suffered a horrible avalanche that killed three well-known and well-loved individuals who worked at the resort and were in the professional ski community. The New York Times has published an amazing multi-media story on the incident. To read the piece, click here .

--The Washington State Parks are hurting.. .

Sierra:

--Bill Foster. 53, a member of the Alpine Meadows professional ski patrol, was killed in an avalanche on Monday. It appears that the avalanche was triggered by an explosive charge set by another of the ski patrol team. To read more, click here .

--Steven Mark Anderson, 49, was killed in an avalanche at Donner Ski Ranch on Monday.  The man was reported missing three hours after an avalanche buried the man at the resort. To read more, click here . To see a video report of the incident, click below.



--A 71-year-old man was killed after he skied into a tree at Squaw Valley on Friday. Little else is known about this incident at this time. To read more, click here .

--A single engine plane went missing somewhere in Yosemite National Park last week.  The search area spans over six-hundred square miles of rugged terrain. Planes have been searching the area since last Wednesday. To read more, click here .

--Two hikers and a skier were rescued after becoming lost in the deep new snow in the Sierra this weekend. To read more, click here .

Colorado:

--A skier had a close call with an avalanche on Iron Mountain on Friday. He triggered an avalanche just a few feet below the summit and went for a ride.  To read more, click here .

Notes from All Over:

--Rock and Ice Magazine did a short tribute article on climbers that died in 2012.  The piece is both sad and inspirational. To read it, click here .

--Planet Mountain has done extensive research on the safety of "carabiners" left at belay stations. In other words, the quick-links and snap-links often found at the top of sport climbs.  The results of their research are a bit disturbing. To read the report, click here .
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