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Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 2/21/13

Posted Feb 21 2013 9:00am
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--A 34-year-old German skier was killed and another skier was injured after being buried in an avalanche in the Purcell Mountains in southeastern British Columbia. A group of skiers was out with a guide when the slide occurred Monday just east of Jumbo Mountain, overtaking three men. To read more, click here .

--Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the Tunnel Creek avalanche at Stevens Pass which took the lives of Chris Rudolph, Jim Jack, and Johnny Brenan. A memorial service took place at the Pass which celebrated the skiers lives. To read more, click here . To see a video about the service, click below

-- Bigfoot anyone ?

--Speaking of hairy appears that Washington State Wolf Packs have doubled since the last survey. Scientists have confirmed that there are at least 51 wolves in 9 wolf packs in the state. To read more, click here .

Desert Southwest:

--A climber who fell at Red Rock National Conservation Area early last Wednesday was transported to an area hospital. A report was received about 11:40am of a male in his 20s who fell while scaling a route at The Hamlet . Local climbers believe that there was a miscommunication and the belayer thought the climber was going to rappel, when he planned to lower. He fell off the route and landed in the scrub oak. Reports indicate that he was speaking to Search and Rescue as he was flown out. To read more, click here .

--Vandals have defaced Joshua Tree National Park's popular Barker Dam. The dam is very close to the Hidden Valley Campground where climbers tend to stay. To read more, click here .


--Jennifer Martin, a well-known Boulder climber, recently passed away at the age of 46. She is survived by her her two young children, Tanner and Sunshine. To read more, click here  for her obituary and here for climber remembrances.

--The Aspen Skiing Company might not be able to dig itself out of an early-season hole for the number of people hitting the slopes, but recent history shows this winter still can be a money maker. The company reported an 8 percent decrease in skier and rider visits as of the end of December. They face an uphill battle to turn that big of a deficit around. To read more, click here .


--E. J. R. David makes an impassioned plea to reinstate Denali as the official name of the tallest mountain in North America in the Alaska Dispatch. "'McKinley' instead of 'Denali' perpetuates oppression. It sends the message that a White Man's name is more official, desired, recognized, and acceptable. It insults many Athabascans and other Alaska Native Peoples. It reminds many of the painful period of colonialism and blatant racism, when Alaska Native worldviews and cultures - especially languages - were devalued, demonized, inferiorized, and forcefully replaced by what was portrayed as more civilized ways." David's article is definitely worth the read. Click here to view it.

The Mooses Tooth

--A new Alaskan climbing grant has been opened up. However, if you want to apply, you will have to do so before March 1st. To read more, click here .

Notes from All Over:

--A 25 year-old woman is in the hospital after getting injured while skiing. at Massachusetts Ski Butternut Resort. To read more, click here .

--A 26-year-old Bozeman man was hospitalized with a leg injury after being caught up in an avalanche south of Montana's Bridger Bowl. Gallatin County officials say the man was backcountry skiing with two off-duty ski patrollers Tuesday afternoon when he was caught and buried in the slide near Bridger Peak. To read more, click here .

--A woman suffered a medical emergency while skiing at Sunshine Village near Banff on Sunday. Parks Canada said the 20-year-old woman was skiing in an area called the Back Door, just beyond the Sunshine Village boundary when she, “she suffered some sort of seizure." To read more, click here .

--A man skiing at Montana's Big Sky resort was hurt Saturday after he struck a base-area building on Friday. Officials say Ski Patrol and a physician immediately responded to the area of the Summit Hotel near the base of the ski run, called Tippy's Tumble. To read more, click here .

--The Access Fund has presented their Sharp End Awards to individuals, organizations and businesses that have gone above and beyond in their efforts to preserve America's climbing resource. To read more, click here.

--Mike Doyle wrote a somewhat terrifying blog post about a sling that broke on him while he was sport climbing. To read the story and to see his thoughts on what happened, click here .

--Three pairs of climbers are planning on making bold new first ascents on Mt. Everest this spring. But planning and doing are two different things. To read more, click here .
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