Photo by Bradford Washburn
--British mountaineers Jonathan Griffith and Will Sim recently broke the speed record for the Cassin Ridge on Denali . The pair climbed the line in an incredible 14 hours and 40 minutes. To read more, click here ,
--For a Serbian and two Japanese climbers, each climbing on his own and each debilitated by altitude sickness while high atop Mount McKinley, help came Monday night from a mountaineering ranger and a team of volunteers who just happened to cross paths with the three, one right after the other. To read more, click here .
-- A guide and climber were killed on McKinley May 25th when a rope team of four fell near Denali Pass. To read more click here and here . The two other climbers were seriously injured. For a National Park Service photo of the site, click here .
Notes from All Over:
-- A rock climber fell around 2:30 in the afternoon on Sunday in Fayetteville. The climber was knocked unconscious, then transported to Charleston via helicopter, said Jeff West, chief ranger of the New River Gorge National River. To read more, click here .
--Rescuers located a man who was injured while skiing with friends between Colorado's Long Lake and Lake Isabelle Saturday afternoon. At 12:05 p.m., Boulder County dispatch received a 911 call from a party that was with an injured skier. To read more, click here .
--The warmer summer weather has finally started to arrive across Wyoming after a long and brutal winter, but back country enthusiasts are still trying to take advantage of snow in higher elevations. This weekend, Grand Teton National Park experienced yet another skiing accident in which a man fell approximately 2,000 feet and survived to tell his story. To read more, click here .
--Fumitaka Ichimura, Ryo Masumoto and Takaaki Nagato have done it again. The Giri-Giri boys have claimed a second ascent on China's Daddomain (20,931'). To read more, click here .
--Colorado's Rifle Mountain Park is currently closed. The premier sport climbing area is closed due to high water in the adjacent river. Police have been ticketing cars in the lot at the crag. To read more, click here .
--Visitors passing by Zimmerman Park near Billings, MT on Sunday may have seen an unexpected sight on the rocks. More than fifty climbers arrived at the park Sunday afternoon to participate in the Dirtfest 2011, a rock climbing competition started in 1993 by veteran climber Jim Rott. To read more, click here .
--So it would suck to ski into a bear... Thanks to the Adventure Journal for finding this gem
--The Banff Mountain Film Festival is now accepting submissions to this year's festival. To read more, click here .
--Just a quick FYI...June 21st is Hike Naked Day. So don't be surprised if you see something odd, or maybe many odd things, in the mountains that day...
--A new climbing hostel has opened in Chattanooga. The name of the place? The Crash Pad, of course. To read more, click here .