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Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 4/19/12

Posted Apr 19 2012 9:00am
Northwest:

--Carsten Lien, a vice president at Washington Mutual and at REI, had a lifelong love for the wild Olympics. The advocate and author who also was president of The Mountaineers died at age 86. The cause was Parkinson's disease, which he battled for seventeen years. He died last Saturday. To read more, click here .

--The last day of skiing at British Columbia's Big White Ski Resort turned into a long day on the mountain for one skier. Central Okanagan Search and Rescue were called to the mountain Sunday afternoon, after a skier accidentally went out of bounds. Search Manager, Dan Schlosser says the skier took a wrong turn around 1:30 p.m., but he luckily had a cell phone with him and was able to contact ski patrol. To read more, click here .

Desert Southwest:

--Police in Las Vegas say a 61-year-old climber was found okay at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area after falling more than 80 feet. Police Lt. Barb Schmidt tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that a search and rescue team was summoned a little before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday after the man fell in a remote rock climbing destination called Angel Food Wall in the White Rock Springs area. To read more, click here .

Scott on Mount Baker
--The Las Vegas Climbing Community and the American Alpine Institute have lost an amazing person. Scott Massey has moved on from his position as lead guide in Red Rock Canyon to work for the American Mountain Guides Association. During his time guiding for AAI in Red Rock, Scott was also heavily involved in the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council as well as with the American Safe Climbing Association. To read more about Scott and about his position with the AMGA, click here .


Colorado:

--Okay, this one is really weird: "The U.S. Forest Service is considering explosives to move a bunch of frozen cows that died after getting stuck inside a cabin at an elevation of 11,000 feet (3,350 metres) in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Forest Service spokesman Steve Segin said Tuesday that rangers are worried about the high fire danger and discussed other solutions when they met Tuesday, including using helicopters or trucks. Segin said using helicopters is too expensive and rangers are worried about using trucks in a wilderness area, where the government bars permanent improvements and tries to preserve the natural habitat. Other options include burning the cabin and dragging the dead cows out with pack animals, he said." To read more, click here .

Alaska:

--The American Alpine Institute van with support intern Joseph Hanseling and guide Dustin Byrne left for Alaska on Tuesday. The departure of this van, headed to Talkeetna, marks the unofficial start of the AAI Alaska Season. The first trips are slated to enter the field next week. Check out this video of the van's departure


Notes from All Over:

--An American mountain climber injured near Baja California’s tallest peak was airlifted to safety along with two companions on Sunday by a Mexican navy helicopter, state authorities said. To read more, click here .

--Catalan big wall specialist Silvia Vidal recently completed a new route in Chilean Patagonia. The new line named Espiadimonis -- which is dragonfly in Catalan -- ascends the Serrania Avalancha wall. To read more, click here .

--Yvon Chouinard, a Yosemite legend and the founder of Patagonia, was interviewed about sustainability on NPR this week. To read a transcript of the story, click here .

--Rock and Ice magazine is trying to improve. Take a survey, here to help.


--Looking for volunteer opportunities in the National Parks? Check out some options, here .

--So, the governor of Vermont got chased by bears. To read more, click here .


--Saturday Night Live made fun of professional slackliner and Banff Film Festival star Andy Lewis for his performance at the Superbowl this week. Lewis's moment of mockery comes after the cast made fun of Kim Kashardin, Piers Morgan, and Kanye West. Has Sketchy Andy really become so big that he's in a Saturday Night Live Sketch? The answer is yes. To see the clip, click here .

--Want to date a dirtbag climber guy/girl? Brendan Leonard writes about adventure in and out of relationships at Semi Rad. His post on outdoor relationships is both insightful and funny. To read the post, click here .

--The Access Fund Conservation Team just wrapped up a tour of Tennessee, working alongside the Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) at T-Wall and Leda, outside of Chattanooga. The base of the popular T-Wall cliff was showing signs of heavy impact—the access trail led directly below the main staging area and climbers were cutting across the slope, exposing tree roots and causing severe erosion. The Conservation Team worked with volunteers to build a retaining wall to prevent further damage to the base and staging areas. The team’s new grip hoist allowed them to maneuver some gigantic rocks. The wall will also protect the trees, which provide much needed shade. To read more, click here .

--While officially nothing has changed, and climbing (as well as other outdoor activities) is still prohibited in Viñales National Park and the entire western province of Pinar del Río, the people behind www.cubaclimbing.com are reporting that climbing activity continues, and that no visiting climber has yet been barred from climbing. To read more, click here .
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