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Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 7/17/14

Posted Jul 17 2014 1:00pm

--AAI Guide Ian McEleney was recently interviewed by the Indefinitely Wild blog. To read the blog, click here .

Desert Southwest:

--"Harry Potter" actor Dave Legeno died while hiking in Death Valley National Parkin California, TMZ and Yahoo have reported. Legeno's body was found "in a remote wash" by a pair of hikers on Sunday, July 6, according to a Yahoo report. Police told TMZ that Legeno most likely died of heat related issues and may have been dead for three to four days before his body was discovered. To read more, click here .

--A rock climber was killed this weekend as the result of an accident at Tahquitz Peak in Idyllwild, which had left him dangling on a rope. Bryan Rockwood, 49, of San Diego, was reportedly harnessed while scaling the one half-mile northern face of Lily Rock at the peak Saturday in Humber Park. To read more, click here .

--A 19-year-old pregnant woman appears to have disappeared in Joshua Tree National Park. However, this no longer looks like a standard "hiker-got-lost" type of incident. Law enforcement is now involved due to the suspicious circumstances surrounding the woman's disappearance. To read more, click here .

-- Here is a great piece on the Las Vegas Metro Search and Rescue Unit and a mission that they had saving a rock climber over Memorial Day.

--After months of mere speculation, biologists in Zion National Park can now make the official birth announcement. A pair of California condors has hatched a chick, park officials said Tuesday. It’s the first wild-born California condor in Utah since organizations began reintroduction efforts in the 1990s. The California condor had been poisoned to the brink of extinction in the early 1900s. To read more, click here .

Notes from All Over:

--A climbing accident on the 13,770-foot Grand Teton resulted in the death of a 43-year-old climber on Monday morning in Grand Teton National Park. Mary Bilyeu was ascending to the Upper Saddle of the Grand Teton (elevation 13,160 feet) when she fell while negotiating a short section above the Exum Gully about 8:30 a.m. Grand Teton National Park rangers were notified of the accident at 8:40 a.m. and a rescue response was quickly initiated. Two park rangers on routine patrol at the Lower Saddle of the Grand Teton (11,600 feet) climbed to the accident site to begin emergency medical care and prepare the injured climber for a helicopter evacuation. To read more, click here .

--People in Mount Washington Valley are mourning for a man described as a pillar of the local climbing community. he New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said a man preparing to descend from a rock cliff in North Conway fell 65 feet and died of his injuries. Officers said Brian Delaney, 56, of Scarborough, Maine, was climbing alone Saturday and climbed up Cathedral Ledge. At about noon on Saturday, another climber saw him finish his climb, then saw him fall. To read more, click here .

--It appears that there was a fatal accident at Pinnacles National Monument near the Bay Area on Tuesday. Though there is no real information about the incident yet except that the victim was a doctor.

--Cheryl Strayed's book Wild will be released as a film in December. The book chronicles that author's journey of discovery on the Pacific Crest Trail. The film features Reese Witherspoon and the trailer can be viewed below

--Two New Zealanders were responsible for completing three first ascents in the Alaska Range this spring. To read more, click here .
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