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Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 2/28/13

Posted Feb 28 2013 9:00am

--An avalanche has swept down the backside of the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, catching up a group of three skiers and killing one of them. The group was skiing in an out-of-bounds area at a resort in the Greely Lake area when the avalanche came down on Friday. To read more, click here .

--The Institute received the following from Mt. Rainier National Park . This looks like a great way to start for those of you who are interested in working as a guide or a mountaineering ranger

Volunteer Mountaineering Ranger
Mount Rainier National Park

Two seasonal volunteer positions (April 8 - September 1) are available for 2013. Government housing, twenty dollar per day stipend, and uniform are provided. Experience with grade IV mountaineering, back-country skiing, and ice climbing techniques required. Medical skills (WFR, EMT, Medic) are desirable.

Volunteers will work with a team of four other rangers. Early season training in park medical protocols, operational leadership, technical rope rigging, aviation safety, and the incident command system will be provided. Duties include mountain patrols, staffing and maintaining high camps, ranger station and information center operation, and search, rescue, and emergency medical services. Please contact with resumes and questions.

--Climbing in Canada's Okanagan? Check out this bouldering site.

--An individual is being prosecuted for stealing timber (i.e. trees) from Olympic National Forest to make music instruments. It appears that the perpetrator has illegally cut nearly 100 trees. To read more, click here .


--It sounds like Jim Donini and George Lowe are planning an "old guy" Nose-in-a-day ascent in Yosemite. Donini's 70 and Lowe is 69. To read more, click here .

Desert Southwest:

--AAI Guides Doug Foust and Andrew Yasso recently donated their time to teach rock rescue programs in Las Vegas to raise money for the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council and the Las Vegas Metro Search and Rescue Unit . Well done, gentlemen!

--Zion National Park officials have announced the annual closing of popular cliff climbing routes in the park to protect nesting peregrine falcons . The closures, which begin March 1, include Angel’s Landing, Cable Mountain, The Great Throne, Isaac in the Court of the Patriarchs, The Sentinel, Mountain of the Sun, North Twin Brother, Tunnel Wall, The East Temple, Mount Spry, The Streaks Wall, Mount Kinesava and the Middle Fork of Taylor Creek. To read more, click here .

--A 17-year old is lucky to be alive after he was video-taped after he fell off a chairlift at a Santa Fe ski area. who fell 45 feet off the chairlift received a concussion, skull fracture, collapsed lung and a lacerated liver. It appears that the young man tried to throw a snowball at his friend and the momentum made him fall off the chair. He hung on for a moment and then fell 45-feet to the ground. To see the terrifying video, click below. To read more, click here .


--Boulder Canyon has new wag bag dispensers. To read more, click here .


--Allowing more people into Denali National Park and Preserve can be a sensitive subject. It’s one that involves interests that can come into conflict: the desire by some to let more people enjoy the park, the desire by others to profit from those additional visitors, and the desire by yet others to protect the park and its wildlife and plant life from overuse. To read more, click here .


--The 1996 Everest tragedy is slated to be dramatized by Hollywood, with Christian Bale playing Rob Hall. The film currently has the working title of "Everest," but so does another upcoming Hollywood film that is purported to be about George Mallory.  To read more, click here .

--An innovative multi-year UIAA Training Standards program conducted in cooperation with the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) is in the final stages of evaluation and will provide a template for a much sought-after service from federation members. The Nepal program, supported by a charity called the Petzl Foundation , is for a trekking leader training scheme with “train the trainer” courses to be administered by the NMA. Steve Long of the UIAA Training Standards Panel said the model can easily be modified for any the current seven UIAA Standards.n To read more, click here .

--A Nepalese woman has been recognized by Guinness World Records for climbing Mount Everest twice in the same climbing season. To read more, click here.

Notes from All Over:

--The body of a 36-year-old man who disappeared while on a backcountry ski trip in Quebec's Gaspé provincial park was found by a pair of skiers on Saturday. Bertrand Marcotte of Pont-Rouge, near Quebec City, had been missing since last Sunday. To read more, click here .
--Outside Magazine has put together an awesome little history of the Yeti. Check it out, here .

--It sounds like a guidebook author was caught on film chipping holds in New York State on public lands. To read more, click here .

--The Sierra Magazine has an interesting article out this week on how climbers are starting to get into high angle work on wind turbins. To read the article, click here .

-- Here is another recall for Via Ferrata set-ups.

--In January Markus Pucher, an Austrian mountain guide and alpinist, made history by completing the first free solo of Cerro Torre in Patagonia . To read more, click here .

--Earlier this winter, avalanche beacon check stations were placed near popular snowmobiling trailheads and backcountry access points on Montana's Big Mountain. The stations automatically check to see if a person’s avalanche transceiver is working. The person just has to stop within range of the device. A green light indicates it’s working, a red light means it isn’t. To read more, click here .

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