--The FAA is investigating a May 18th helicopter incident in Red Rock Canyon . The Las Vegas police Huey rescue helicopter clipped a wall in Red Rock with its main roter blades. All five people on board for the training mission escaped injury and the pilot was able to land the helicopter safely. To read more, click here .
--The U.S. House of Representatives considered legislation this week that would give the Department of Homeland Security the power to override dozens of environmental laws on all federal lands that lie within 100 miles of the Mexican and Canadian boarders. Proponents say the legislation is needed so that the Boarder Patrol can do its job. Opponents say it would undermine the most basic protections for dozens of national parks, including California's Joshua Tree National Park . To read more, click here .
--A Colorado man says that when he got lost in southeastern Utah's high desert near Moab and night fell, he survived the cold by burying himself in the sand. To read more, click here .
--An avalanche on Denali's Motorcycle Hill, just above the 11,000-foot camp pushed four Japanese climbers into a crevasse on Sunday. A fifth climber survived the accident. To read more, click here .
--Five AAI Guides have received Denali Pro Pins from the National Park Service for their work and their stewardship on Denali. These include Alasdair Turner, Angela Seidling, Chad Cochran, Higino Gonzalez, and Mike Pond.
--Climbing is allowed in Rifle Mountain Park, but is currently banned in the lower canyon. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) owns this portion of the canyon and the CPW commission has the authority to allow climbing at Rifle Falls, but in early May they summarily denied a petition by the Rifle Climbers Coalition and Access Fund to allow climbing. But there is an opportunity to turn this situation around. The Colorado Legislator recently passed legislation that orders a new 11 voting member CPW Commission. The Governor has until July 1 to appoint these 11 new CPW Commissioners. If you live in Colorado and want to see climbing at Rifle expanded, please this easy-to-use letter writing tool to encourage the appointment of new Commissioners who can govern Park and Wildlife resources with an eye to wildlife management and recreation.
Notes from All Over:
--A climber was killed in a fall in Red River Gorge on Monday. Details on the accident are still thin. To read more, click here .
--Jeff Botz, and American photographer that has spent over 40 years working in Nepal has accused Western climbers, including Sir Edmund Hillary of being insensitive to the old traditions of the mountain. Botz is supporting a campaign, long backed by China, for Mt. Everest to be known by its traditional names of Sagarmatha in Nepalese or Chomolungma to the Tibetans, and to be treated as a sacred place. To read more, click here .
--An inspirational 31-year old climber who lost his legs at the age of five made history this week when he reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro . To read more, click here .