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Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 7/24/14

Posted Jul 24 2014 1:00pm
Northwest:

--A backcountry skier who survived a 100-foot fall on Oregon's Mount Jefferson Friday night is crediting his personal locator beacon for helping him get out safely. To read more, click here .

--Kelly Bush, a district ranger at North Cascades National Park, recently received the Wes Henry National Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship Award, the National Park Service announced. The award is given in honor of contributions to wilderness preservation and stewardship in the NPS. To read more, click here .

Mt. Baker

--Seventy-five years ago this week, tragedy struck on Mt. Baker. Six students from Western Washington University were killed by an avalanche on their ascent. To read their story, click here .

-- Here's a cool story about an individual who suffers from the after effects of polio on a climb of the Chief in Squamish .

Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/07/16/3752835/north-cascades-ranger-wins-nps.html?sp=/99/110/#storylink=cpy

Sierra:

--On July 13, famed speed climber Hans Florine made a record speed ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite via the Triple Direct Route. To read more, click here .

--There were three SAR operations in the Eastern Sierra this last week. To read about them, click here .

--The series of storms that passed over the Eastern Sierra last week have caused damage to the several roads in the White Mountains. Summer thunderstorms brought heavy rains to some areas of the White and Inyo Mountains, where road washouts have occurred. To read more, click here.

Desert Southwest:

--David Smith has been selected as the new superintendent for Joshua Tree National Park . Smith is the superintendent of Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas. He will begin his new position in mid-September, replacing former superintendent Mark Butler, who retired earlier this year. To read more, click here .

--A two-week government shutdown took a bite out of southwestern Utah's tourism economy last year, but visitors to Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument and Pipe Spring National Monument still brought $175.5 million to the area in 2013. Those tourism dollars supported 2,155 jobs, according to the annual visitor spending report released last week by the National Park Service. To read more, click here .

 Notes from All Over:


--Tuesday was a busy day for Grand Teton National Park rescue teams, with three searches. One ended with the discovery of an overdue hikers body, but the others assisted injured parties off of the mountains. To read more, click here .

--Researchers at Aalto University in Finland want to take climbing walls a step further through the use of Kinect sensors and projectors that turn climbing walls into interactive games. Imagine a virtual chainsaw blocking holds and you'll get the idea of what their trying to do. Read more here , or check out the video below


--Spencer West was born with a genetic disorder that led to both his legs being amputated. West was recently interviewed on NPR. He told the host about how he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro using just his hands and arms. To read more, click here .

--The National Park Service has temporarily banned drones. To read more, click here .

Bear Grylls and Zac Effron rappelling down a waterfall.

--Actor Zac Effron's days are numbered if he keeps hanging out with Bear Grylls. In this video , we see Bear doing a tandem rappel off a figure-eight ring with no autoblock backup and no helmet. Due to the nature of an eight device, you can see him straining to hold the weight. Bear should really invest in a guide training course if he's going to keep doing this stuff with other people.
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