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Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 5/23/13

Posted May 23 2013 9:00am

--Amy Stein, a 37 year old Canadian climber, died descending from the Orbit route on Snow Creek Wall in Leavenworth when she fell of a ledge while avoiding rockfall from above.  More details can be found at the Seattle Times blog .
Desert Southwest;

--The Salt Lake Climbers Association, working with the SL Ranger District and USFS have released the scoping notice for the Grit Mill and Climbing Master Plan Project in lower Cottonwood Canyon, aiming to develop sustainable long term access to the climbing in the area.  This is the time to submit your comments on the scoping to the USFS; more information can be found here .


--Denali saw its first fatality of the season when a 59 year old German climber suffered a fatal heart attack above Windy Corner; no American Alpine Institute guides or staff were involved.  The NPS statement on the incident can be found here .

Notes from All Over:

--The House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee held a subcommittee oversight hearing  last week, examining numerous issues related to the permitting and management of guides on NPS, FS and BLM lands.  The Natural Resources Committees records of the hearing can be accessed here .

--Researchers have found evidence that glaciers in the Everest region have shrunk by an average of 13 percent over the last 50 years, with some receding significantly faster.  Their findings indicate that the Himalayan land and ice-scape is changing more quickly than was previously thought, which may have significant impacts on the local livelihoods and economies--climbers included--down the road.
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