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Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 8/16/12

Posted Aug 16 2012 9:00am

--Ted Cox, the longtime chief of maintenance at Mount Rainier's Camp Muir, died last week at the age of 70. Over the ten years that Cox worked on the mountain he became known as the "Mayor of Camp Muir. To read more, click here .

--A 21-year-old woman was severely injured by rockfall in the Leavenworth this week. The rock that hit Andrea Haisch broke her pelvis and forearm, but the most serious injury in in her foot. Doctors now say that she has a 50% chance of losing her foot to the injury. To read more, click here .

--The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recently killed one wolf and is preparing to kill another to protect a rancher's livestock in northeastern Washington. To read more, click here .

--We've been reporting on the attempt to expand North Cascades National Park for awhile. It doesn't appear like there's a lot of new movement. However, every now and again a number of newspaper articles appear about the project. This week was one of those weeks. Check out this article and this one .

Desert Southwest:

--A fire that has burned 275 acres of brush in Joshua Tree National Park is nearly contained. Full containment is expected tomorrow.  To read more, click here .

--Disney is currently shooting a big screen remake of "The Lone Ranger" near Moab, Utah. It appears that there have been some conflicts between the production company and the BLM. The issue? Too many horses riding on delicate cryptobiotic soil. To read more, click here .


--A team from Slovenia has gone summit crazy in Alaska's Revelation Range, putting up 14 new routes in 23 days. To read more, click here .

Notes from All Over:

--A 9-year-old climbing ban in Auburn Quarry just outside of Sacramento, California, has almost been lifted. But the Access Fund needs your help to take the final few steps. To read more, click here .

--One of Yosemite's original Stonemasters talked to Falcon Guides about the potential inclusion of climbing in the Olympics. To read the interview, click here .

--Killian Jornet, an ultra-marathoner and runner, climbed the Grand car-to-car in 2:54 minutes over the weekend. To read more, click here .

--A new rule proposed in Vermont may close climbing on Department of Fish and Wildlife lands. To read more, click here .

--Somebody is placing bolts in Cragmont, near Berkley. Whether this is appropriate or not is still up to debate.  To read more, click here .

--It looks like you could get a screaming deal on lift tickets for four of the West's premiere ski resorts all at once.  In other words, this could be the super season pass! To learn more, click here .

--So, for those of you who have not seen it, it appears like Batman can't climb a move or two of 5.9 terrain. In the Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Wayne must climb out of a deep hole where a prisoners are held. Most of the climbing looks to be about 5.8. Then the crux comes and instead of makings a few thin moves, Batman jumps for a big hold. You'd think that Batman of all people would be good at using his feet while climbing...
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