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Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 12/6/12

Posted Dec 06 2012 9:00am

A climber rescues another climber at the climbing wall at Bellingham's YMCA
during the Fourth Annual International Mountain Day Celebration and Fundraiser.

--The American Alpine Institute had its first International Mountain Day Celebration by raising money for the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center over the weekend in Bellingham. We are excited to do our second event in Everett on Saturday. To learn more, click here .

--A lost Mt. Hood climber called for mountain rescue this week, and also posted his emergency status on Facebook. While many have been rescued from Mt. Hood over the years, this marks the first time anyone has posted about their experience while they were still on the mountain. To read more, click here .

--A massive avalanche occurred in Idaho's Sun Valley on Monday. The slide took place in the Lookout Bowl and traveled the length of the mountain. No one was injured. To read more, click here .

--In other Idaho avalanche news...a Lewiston man says that he is lucky to be alive after being caught in an avalanche with a snowmobile. To read more, click here .


--So this video is absolutely terrifying. This climber rappels into a position where he intentionally raps off the end of his rope. It's hard to see, but he's on a second rope, set up for a massive swing across the face of El Capitan.

--The BLM continues to investigate the stolen and vandalized petroglyphs near the town of Bishop. To read more, click here .

Desert Southwest:

--Information is scarce, but Moab based climber Joshua Dale Riggs, 32, was killed while climbing at Arizona's Paradise Forks on Monday. To read more, click here .

--With all the rock in Las Vegas , the Las Vegas Review Journal has elected to do a piece on gym climbing. On the bright side, they did the piece about our friends at the Red Rock Climbing Center. To read the article, click here .


--The number of wolves currently in Denali National Park has reached a 25-year low. Researchers only count 57-wolves. To read more, click here .

Notes from All Over:

--David Oliver Relin, 49, the co-author of Three Cups of Tea, has committed suicide. The author is best known for working with Greg Mortenson on the book about his experiences in Pakistan, and with the following controversy over whether or not parts of the book had been fabricated. To read more, click here  and here .

--Climbing legend John Long suffered a serious ankle fracture at a rock gym this week. At the time of this writing little is known about the incident, or even where it took place. To read more, click here .

--It looks like Black Diamond is getting into the avalanche transceiver market. To learn more, click here .

--So here are some odd and quirky ski resort events that are going on throughout the country this winter...

--A new report indicates that extreme mountaineers who go to altitude on numerous occasions don't really recover from the swelling of their brains. To read more, click here .

--The Huffington Post, a left-leaning news blog, recently ran an article on bouldering. We're really not sure why. But if you'd like to read it, click here .
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