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

Posted Apr 04 2013 9:00am
East Coast:

--On March 25, Forrest Frizzell, Owen Cassidy, Daniel Marshall and Jesse Marshall made a rare ski descent of Mt. Katahdin's Chimney Couloir, and what may be its first snowboard descent

--The crags at West Rock Ridge State Park in CT need some love, and the Ragged Mountain Foundation and the Access Fund are putting together a community crag clean on Saturday, 4/6; if you're in the area, pitch in and lend a hand!


--The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness solicited 3 new guide/outfitter use permits last month, and expects to add one permit in each of three use categories in the near future.  More on this beautiful wilderness area can be found on it's website .


--Tahoe has experienced its driest winter (Jan-March) since they began keeping records over a century ago.  The graphic can be found here .

Desert Southwest:

--Utah's "Mountain Man," a survivalist who has lived in the backwoods of Utah and eked out a living breaking into remote cabins, has been taken into custody. More on the story can be found here .


--The Denver Post did a write-up on Alex White's rescue after he was buried for roughly three hours by a slide on Cameron Pass. 

--The Colorado Avalanche Information Center published its own analysis of the event , and raised some questions about the efficacy of beacon searches when varied signal pulse rates are involved.

Notes from All Over:

--A well put together TR documenting a near miss with an avalanche in Austria serves as a reminder of just how dangerous heuristic traps can be.

--Ueli Steck is pushing boundaries by experimenting with the potential for multiple alpine ascents in a single day, via paraglider linkup

--Director Jarvis of the NPS issued a memo last month, detailing how the sequester would be implemented and giving us some providing some information about operational changes we can expect to see within the parks.

--Tim Emmett and Neil Gresham have completed the first one-day linkup of three classic Welsh ice climbs: The Devil's Appendix, Central Icefall Direct and Cascade.  Rock and Ice's article on it can be found here .

--Three pairs of strong Himalayan alpinists have been planning to climb historic new routes on Everest this year, ideally without the use of supplemental oxygen; while one team has dropped out due to insufficient funding, the others remain set to climb this spring.

--The young guns continue to get stronger, as 19-year-old Alex Megos climbs La Rambla (5.15a), his first of the grade, in Siurana, Spain.  He sent the route on his second attempt, barely a week after his onsight of  Estado crítico, 5.14d.
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