--The NPS has updated the park regulations for Joshua Tree, making changes that will have some impact on climbers there.
--Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold are at it again with their big wall linkups, this time in Zion NP. More information can be found here .
--A 43 year old Colorado man is believed to be dead after he and his climbing partner were struck by an avalanche while descending the Blitzen Ridge of Ypsilon Mountain. Click here for the Denver Post’s story.
Notes from All Over:
--Duane Raleigh wrote an interesting article for Rock & Ice, dwelling on the coverage given to Jonathan Griffith's solo one-day winter linkup of the North Faces of Aiguille Verte, Les Courtes and Les Droites; and the place of alpinism in contemporary American climbing culture.
--Serious weather conditions this weekend kept searchers from looking for a skier who fell in a crevasse in Western Canada's Wapta Icefield, authorities said. The unidentified man was with two companions when he fell in the opening Tuesday night near Lake Louise. To read more, click here .
--The Boy Scouts of America has sent out a survey to 1.1 million people that are associated with the organization. The survey quizes individuals about the discriminatory policy that bans gay boys and men from participating. The organization is considering a partial overturn of the ban. To read more, click here .
--An editor at Mountaineers Books writes about her experience at the American Alpine Club Annual Dinner. The focus of the dinner was to honor the 1963 American Everest Expedition. To read the blog, click here .
--The Access Fund has written an excellent editorial on why Sally Jewell should be the next to head the Department of the Interior. To read the article, click here .
--In other Access Fund news, there has been a minor access victory at Rib Mountain State Park in Wisconsin. To read about the issue and the success, click here .
--Last summer, a young girl was critically injured by a falling rock while on a guided trip to Hawaii's finest crag near Mokuleia on the North Shore of Oahu. Coming on the heels of a $15 million settlement against the State for the wrongful deaths of two hikers, the State shut down climbing access at Mokuleia due to fears of another massive lawsuit. The closure was enacted overnight, with no community input. The climber's trail accessing the wall was closed to all users, and a sign at the trailhead announced a $2,000 fine for trespassing. This was more than a little alarming to the island of Oahu's 500+ climbers. To read more, click here .
--The McNeill-Nott grants have been awarded to the following teams. To read more about the award, click here .
Pete Dronkers with Jonathan Crabtree: South Pillar of Lowell Peak, St. Elias Range, Canada. The team hopes to “break new ground in an obscure area and bring new information and multimedia resources to the greater climbing community.”
Jewell Lund with Kyle Dempster: Bublimotin, or Ladyfinger Peak, which lies on the southwest ridge of the Ultar Sar Massif above the Hunza Valley, Pakistan. Their emphasis is on free climbing and leaving as little impact as possible.
Chris Wright with Geoff Unger: Ripimo Shar (6,646m), Northeast Pillar or East Ridge (Unclimbed), Rolwaling Himal, Nepal. They hope to reach the summit and establish a new route going as fast and light as possible.