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Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad -- 2/9/12

Posted Feb 09 2012 9:00am
Northwest:

--Clackamas County search and rescue crews found the body of a 32-year-old Tigard man who had been missing on Mount Hood since Monday morning on Wednesday. Clackamas County search and rescue teams found Jared Townsley’s body below an area of cliffs at about 9,200-foot elevation. The sheriff’s office said the location indicate that he likely died from a severe fall. To read more, click here .

--A 35-year-old Portland woman was rescued Sunday morning from Mount Hood after she fell about 300-feet while climbing with a group near Crater Rock. To read more, click here .

--A man who was caught in an avalanche near Kimberley, British Columbia, Saturday afternoon is recovering in hospital with serious injuries. Authorities said the 35-year-old man was skiing in the Hellroaring Creek backcountry area with a 36-year-old woman when they were caught in the slide. To read more, click here .

-- Mount Rainier was once known by its many native names. Now, a group of Native American tribal members is moving forward with a proposal to restore an original name to this Northwest landmark. But a long bureaucratic process lies ahead. To read more, click here .

--Interested in joining a volunteer trail work party? Check out the Washington Trail Association's schedule, here.

Sierra:

--A little better snow news this week, but only a little better. The State Department of Water Resources has taken another look at snow around California and locally the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power conducted another survey following the most significant storm. The State says it’s shaping up to be one of the driest winters on record. The Department of Water Resources reports that snow levels average out at just 37% of normal for this time of year so far. To read more, click here .

Desert Southwest:

--Red Rock enthusiasts beat one of the hurdles facing the canyon this week. Thousands of people petitioned the county commissioners, asking that they deny construction traffic access to the roads next to Red Rock. Under serious pressure, the developer withdrew his petition for access. So, we have won one battle, but the war is not over yet. To read more, click here .

One of the Wag Bag Boxes Scott Installed in Red Rock

--Lead Red Rock Guide, Scott Massey is kind-of famous! Scott has written a piece on climbers doing their part for the American Alpine Club blog, Inclined. To read Scott's post, click here .

--There will be a trail work party at the Second Pullout in Red Rock Canyon on Saturday. To read more, click here .

--The Access Fund and Arizona climbing community have been working for nearly a decade to save climbing at Oak Flat. And residents in NM, OR, WA, CO, NH, WV, AK, WY, ID, UT, KY, NV, and TN have the ability to help save this climbing area, because one of your Senators sits on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which is due to hear testimony on the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange this Thursday, February 9th (TODAY!). Arizona climbers should also make their voices heard to Senators Kyl and McCain. To read more, click here .

Colorado:

--On Saturday, 58-year-old became the third person to die from injuries at Keystone and the ninth skier to die in Colorado this season by our count. Although the number of skiers dying on the mountain this year seems staggeringly high, officials with Colorado Ski Country USA -- which represents 22 ski areas in the state -- say that it's nothing out of the ordinary. On average, 34 skiers die from injuries suffered on-mountain nationally. Colorado has somewhere around a dozen deaths each year, with the winter of 2007-2008 being the worst, with seventeen deaths recorded. To read more, click here .


Notes from All Over:

--Herb Conn, who with his wife Jan, was an original pioneer of climbing in South Dakota, has died at the age of 91. Herb and Jan were responsible for numerous routes in the Black Hills and were prolific climbers. To read more, click here .

--A spokesman for a Russian mountaineering team seeking to be the first to climb K2 in winter says it has abandoned the attempt after one of its members died on the mountain. The fifteen climbers had been on the mountain, the world’s second highest, since late December and were hoping to make a summit push in mid-March. To read more, click here and here .

--Matthew Falco, 53, New York Police Department criminalist, died in a skiing accident after striking an embankment at Windham Mountain Saturday morning. The accident happened at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Ski Windham Mountain Resort, according to a state police press release. To read more, click here .

--A skier was killed after striking a tree at Vermont's Sugarbush Resort. The medical examiner reports that the victim, who was wearing a helmet, died from "blunt impacts of torso and left arm." To read more, click here .

--The infamous Dave Lama -- you know, that guy who placed more bolts on Cerro Torre's Compressor Route -- is upset that the route has had bolts stripped off of it. To read an interview with Lama, click here .

--The Vancouver Sun ran an interesting article this last week about extreme sports and sponsorship, and the pressure for performance. To read the article, click here .


--Well, Sketchy Andy or Skandy, one of the stars of both the Reel Rock Tour and the Banff Mountain Film Festival, made serious waves this week. Andy Lewis performed his many slacklining tricks in front of Madonna during the Super Bowl. Considering slacklining is a counterculture subsport of an already counterculture sport, this was a big moment for both slackliners and Skandy! To read more, click here and here .

--The Banff Mountain Photography Competition is now accepting entries. To read more about this competition, click here .

--In the 1990s the "Roadless Rule" was developed to help protect pristine forest lands. Today, the rules are under threat in Colorado and Idaho. And due to a minor wrinkle in the law, it is possible that Colorado could have some of the weakest roadless rules in the country. To read more, click here.

--It looks like Acopa shoes has shut down due to some production issues. This is really too bad, they had a great rock shoe. To read more, click here .

An Avalanche on Mars!
--We don't usually report avalanches outside of North America, but this one seemed too interesting to pass up. A NASA spacecraft captured an avalanche of fine ice and dust thundering over a cliff near Mars's North Pole. To read more, click here .
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