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Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 3/7/13

Posted Mar 07 2013 9:00am

--Don Hansen, the owner of the Scottish Lakes High Camp, was killed while working near his lodge on Saturday. It appears that a large chunk of snow fell from a tree and hit the 65-year-old. To read more, click here  and here .

--A short blog about the decline of snowboarding is getting a bit of press. Some have even referred to it as keeping the culture war alive between skiers and snowboarders . To read the article, click here .


--AAI Guide Ian McEleney recently was involved with the first full winter ascent of the Palisade Traverse.  More information and photos are set to come. To see some teaser photos, click here .

--Half Dome day use permits for the cable route to the top became available on March 1st. To learn more, click here .

--Search and rescue volunteers were able to locate a skier who apparently ducked a rope at Heavenly Mountain Resort last Wednesday and became stuck in the Cold Creek drainage. To read more, click here .

Desert Southwest:

--Giant rope swings are becoming more and more popular in the desert. They are certainly dangerous, as a miscalculation could easily lead to a fatal crash. The following video has been making its way around the web. In it a young woman is really nervous about swinging on the rope...that is until her boyfriend pushes her over the edge. While she's swinging she screams, "I'm breaking-up with you!" It's not clear if she's joking or not, but she probably should break-up with the guy that pushed her off a cliff... Check it out below


--A backcountry skier was killed and another critically injured in a weekend avalanche they apparently triggered on a northern Colorado mountain pass. The two men in were cross-country skiing Saturday on the western side of Cameron Pass, about 135 miles northwest of Denver, when they were buried in the avalanche. To read more, click here .

--Prosecutors have decided not to pursue criminal charges in a fatal collision between skiers on Aspen Mountain. Forty-eight-year-old Natalie Egleston, of Ardmore, Pa., died Feb. 4 after sustaining a traumatic brain injury after a collision with another woman who sustained minor injuries. To read more, click here .


--An avalanche near Haines on Sunday swept away a heliskiing guide and three skiers. Details on the incident are still sketchy, but the guide died and two of the skiers were seriously injured. The third skier escaped serious injury after deploying an inflatable bladder carried in a backpack To read more, click here .

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--Apparently the youngest British woman to summit Mt. Everest has been hit by a media storm for admitting that on her ascent of the mountain, she passed by the remains of deceased climbers. To read more, click here .
Notes from All Over:

--Authorities say a New York ice climber is dead after being swept by an avalanche 1,000 feet down a portion of New Hampshire's Mount Washington. Officials say that 24-year-old James Watts was killed on Friday in Huntington Ravine while solo ice climbing on Pinnacle Gully in Mount Washington's Huntington Ravine. To read more, click here .

--Grand Teton National Park officials say an avalanche killed a backcountry skier from Jackson on Friday. Park officials identified him as 40-year-old Jarad Spackman. They say Spackman and a friend were ascending Apocalypse Couloir near the mouth of Death Canyon when Spackman was caught in an avalanche that started further up the slope. To read more, click here .

--A family and community are coping with the loss of a Salt Lake City man who was killed in an avalanche, Friday. James Childs, 32, died snowmobiling in Sevier County with his family. He leaves behind four young children. To read more, click here .

--Some time ago there was a push to introduce bicycles to the Pacific Crest Trail. At this time it appears that the Forest Servie will not be considering the current bans on bikes on the trail. To read more, .

--Will Gadd has a great rant on his blog this week. Ice falls so don't be in the way! To read it, click here .
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