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Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 7/31/14

Posted Jul 31 2014 1:00pm

--AAI Guide Ian McEleney and Aaron Richards recently completed the "Big Four" of Sierra Nevada alpine routes in four days. The Big Four are the Harding Route on the east face of Keeler Needle, Dark Staron Temple Crag, the Harding Route on the southwest face of Mt. Conness, and the Red Dihedral on the Incredible Hulk. To read more, click here .

--Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park from reaching a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees. The fire was about 10 miles from Merced Grove, the site of the trees, but flames could reach the grove if the fire becomes extremely active, park spokesman Scott Gediman said. To read more, click here .

Desert Southwest:

--In the next 100 days, be on the lookout for a number of events throughout the region that call attention to Joshua Tree National Park, one of Southern California’s finest natural preserves. The events are meant to call attention to the 20th anniversary of the California Desert Protection Act of 1994 , the law that established the Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks and the Mojave National Preserve in the California desert. To read more, click here .

--Authorities have identified a body found Friday near the Keyhole Route on Longs Peak as 18-year-old Nicholas L. Hellbusch of Lenexa, Kansas. The body was discovered early Friday when a climber traveling that route contacted park rangers to say that he and others in his group had noticed a body below an area called The Ledges. Rangers responded and arrived at the site at 10:15 a.m. and found a deceased male. To read more, click here .

--A search-and-rescue effort near Ellingwood Point in the Sangre de Cristo Range on Sunday ended positively for Denver-area climber Kevin Diviness, 49. To read more, click here .

Notes from All Over:

--Is backpacking dead... It seems pretty unlikely, but here's an article about the concern that it is a dying sport.

--This video is pretty scary. A couple of people are observing an iceberg in a boat when the iceberg collapses. At first it doesn't seem like that big a deal, but then it appears that massive waves might swallow up the observers. Check it out below

--A team of three Nepalese women have summited the second highest mountain in the world, climbing K2 (8611 meters) at 3:35 p.m. on July 26. To read more, click here .
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