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Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 6/16/11

Posted Jun 16 2011 9:00am

--The 30-year-old climber who was injured while climbing Mount Hood on Thursday was listed in good condition on Friday morning.  Meredith E. Jaques, of Hood River, was transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Thursday night after being transported to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital earlier that day after being rescued from the mountain. She is expected to be released sometime today, said a hospital spokeswoman.  To read more, click here .

--A male climber was rescued by Eastside Fire and Rescue after he reportedly fell between 60 to 80 feet from a climbing wall off I-90’s Exit 38 about forty minutes east of Seattle. Eastside Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Greg Tryon said firefighters received reports of the fall shortly after 5 p.m. The climber was rescued around 7 p.m. after firefighters used ropes to create a lowering system to get him off the rock wall.  To read more, click here .

--A federal grand jury indicted three Methow Valley residents following an investigation into the killing of endangered gray wolves in north-central Washington.  Tom White faces charges of unlawfully hunting an endangered species in the 2008 killings of two wolves. His father, William D. White, later told a Canadian tanner that he had a "really big coyote" skin for processing, according to the indictment filed Tuesday in Spokane's U.S. District Court. To read more, click here .

--More than thirty people stranded behind a mudslide near Leavenworth Friday were rescued Saturday when road crews punched a temporary path through the mud on the upper Icicle Road before closing it indefinitely at 8 Mile Road. Another mudslide on the Southshore Road near Chelan also stranded residents there for about four hours on Friday. No one was injured in either slide. To read more, click here .

--We have partnered with for a mountain photography competition.  Check it out here .

--Some schools have cut funding for PE class.  A Seattle alternative elementary school has been using a climbing wall as a part of their curriculum for gym class, physics and teamwork.  To read more, click here

--The search for a missing man on Rainier was halted due to strong winds and evidence that he most likely had fallen 2000 ft.  Rob Plankers, 50, of Olympia, and two climbing partners had been on the Liberty Ridge Route when hypothermia and frostbite struck Rob, leaving him unable to walk.  His climbing partners descended to get help, when bad weather rolled in.  To read more, click here


--A rack and some other odds and ends were stolen out of a bear box in Yosemite where a climber stowed he gear for a short period of time. To read more, click here .

Desert Southwest:

--Mountain Gear, the company behind the annual Red Rock Rendezvous, is running a photo contest. To learn more, click here .

-- Joshua Tree National Park celebrated it's 75th Anniversary yesterday with a performance by Rita Coolidge, an eclectic performer.  To read more, click here .

--Miss USA contestants visited Red Rock Canyon this week.  They made lots of stops for lots of photos, but apparently did not go climbing...which shouldn't surprise anyone. To read more, click here .


--A climber died in his tent shortly after reaching the summit of Denali, North America's highest peak, the National Park Service said on Saturday.  Brian Young, a fifty-two year old from Kodiak, Alaska, was pronounced dead Friday at high camp (17,200'). Young had just completed a 20-hour trek up to the peak's summit and back and was back in camp to sleep when he suddenly stopped breathing, the Park Service said. To read more, click here .

--AAI Denali Team 5 and the Upper West Rib expeditions both summitted this week.  AAI Denali Team 7 is just starting their Denali climb.  To read more, click here .


--Way up in the Himalayas, where thin air and low oxygen pressure hinder speech and movement, weary mountaineers have observed bar-headed geese (Anser indicus) honking away as they ascend powerfully overhead. Every year the geese make an epic migration from sea level in India up over the immense mountain range to their summer breeding grounds in Central Asia. A new study shows that they do it quickly and under their own steam, without the help of upslope tailwinds thought to loft them over the sky-high peaks. The discovery, argues the study’s lead author, makes the birds’ annual journey “the most extreme migration on Earth.” To read more, click here .

Notes from All Over:

--Russian climbers Alexander Ruchkin and Mikhail Mikhailov succeeded over the course of four days in making first ascent of the Greenland's Shark's Tooth, via the northwest ridge.  The peak required 21 pitches of technical climbing.  To read more, click here .

Kelly James was killed in a highly publicized accident on a winter climb  of Mount Hood in 2007.
--A Texas woman says her upcoming trip to Zambia will carry out one of her late husband's lifelong dreams. Karen James leaves on Friday for the southern African country to meet a child she is sponsoring through a Christian humanitarian organization. Her husband, Kelly James, died in a highly publicized accident while climbing Mount Hood in 2007. She said he and his climbing partner dreamed of helping impoverished children in Africa. To read more, click here .

--The Dragon's Horns on the island of Tioman, Malaysia, are not easy to get to.  Thick brush, insects, and heat all come together to make it a very difficult place to climb. But even with all these challenges, David Kaszlikowski and Eliza Kubarska  recently added a new line to the formation.  To read more, click here .

--Scottish teenager Robbie Cammack has died after falling 1,300ft while trapped in a storm in the French Alps.  It is thought that the 19 year old medical student and his climbing partner set out last Tuesday in a bid to climb the Frendo Spur on the Aiguille du Midi. To read more, click here

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