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Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 4/25/13

Posted Apr 25 2013 9:00am
Northwest:

--The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has temporarily closed the Lyre River Campground in Clallam County due to safety concerns after vandals stole recently installed several picnic tables. To read more, click here .
Sierra:

--Due to a low snowpack, many campgrounds in the Eastern Sierra are slated to open early. To read more, click here .

--Sierra bear expert, Steve Searles, was recently profiled by a New Hampshire newspaper. Searles is well known for being "the bear whisperer" on Animal Planet. To read more, click here .

Desert Southwest:

--Layton Kor, the legendary climber who established dozens of cutting edge routes in the 50s, 60s and 70s, died on Sunday night in Kingman at the age of 75, Arizona. Kor fought a failing kidney and prostate cancer for a number of years before his death. To read more, click here .

--A climber was injured on Birdland (5.7+) on Friday in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. To read more, click here .

Vandalism in Joshua Tree National Park
Photo Courtesy National Park Service

--Rangers at Joshua Tree National Park have issued citations to hikers who entered the Rattlesnake Canyon area, which has been closed because of vandalism, but investigators have not yet captured those responsible for spray painting graffiti on ancient rocks. To read more, click here and here .
Colorado:

--Five snowboarders were killed on Saturday when a massive avalanche ripped down a slope just outside the Loveland Ski area, hitting a team of six. "The five deceased snowboarders were trapped under about 8 feet of snow in what is being called Colorado’s deadliest avalanche in 50 years." To read more, click here .

--A skier is suing another skier after a collision on Aspen Mountain last month. To read more, click here .

--Vail Resorts has reported that skier visits were up 5.5% this season. To read more, click here .

Alaska:

--A Fairbanks mountain climber was rescued from a mountain north of Nome on Saturday after breaking both legs in a fall the day earlier. To read more, click here .

Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2013/04/21/2874041/helicopter-rescues-man-from-mountain.html#storylink=cpy
--The AAI van safely reached Talkeetna, Alaska on Monday. AAI Program Coordinator and Guide, Mark Cionek and Alaska Operations Intern, Kerry Hermann are busy getting things together for the first Denali trip of the season, which will take off on April 28th.

--Samuel Johnson recently made a bold solo ascent of the Southeast Face of Mt. Hayes. To read more, click here .

Notes from All Over:

--The Boy Scouts of America is very close to dropping the "gay ban" on members. However, they may still prohibit gay adults from mentoring Boy Scout youth. To read more, click here .
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