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Climbing and Outdoor News from Here and Abroad - 8/2/12

Posted Aug 02 2012 9:00am

--A massive rockfall has destroyed a large section of Chimney Rock's east face. The classic Selkirk face in Northern Idaho was host to dozens of routes. Reports indicate that up to eight routes have been damaged or lost to the incident. To read more, click here .

-- The Mountain Runners , the film that AAI guides Jason Martin and Tom Kirby helped out with, has been selected to be screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival from September 27th to October 12th. To read more, click here .

--The ten millon-dollar road realignment project in Stehekin will likely bring a handful of jobs to the remote mountain town. To read more, click here .

--A series of alternatives for the redevelopment of Camp Muir on Mount Rainier are about to get hearings in the Pacific Northwest. To learn more about the public comment period and the alternatives. click here .

--A paraplegic dressed in a clownsuit with his wheelchair strapped to his body, rappelling down Seattle Rainier Tower to raise money for the Special Olympics? It might be a bit unusual, but it's going to happen next weekend and it's for a great cause.  To read more, click here .

--It appears that there have been some car break-ins in Index. To read more, click here .

--The American Alpine Institute is hiring!  We are looking for a dynamic individual to join our dynamic office staff as the Alaska Range Programs Coordinator. For those who have the desire and the right background, there may be guiding opportunities as well. To learn more, click here .


--A party of two was involved in an accident at the base of the Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite. It appears that the pair were practicing aid technique when something went wrong.  What exactly happened still isn't clear. To read more, click here .

--Inyo County Search and Rescue is currently looking for information on a missing climber. The 60-year-old from Carson City was supposed to climb Norman Clyde Peak and return home on July 29th. To read more, click here .

--In a four-hour long meeting on Tuesday, residents defended June Mountain Ski Area and battled to keep the tiny resort open. To read more, click here .

--A 125 lb bear was recently rescued from a recycling bin lid in Mammoth. Yep, you heard that right: recycling bin lid. To read about it, click here .

Desert Southwest:

--The American Alpine Club has just completed the purchase of a new property in Hueco Tanks, TX. They have just bought the Hueco Rock Ranch.  To read more, click here and  here .


--There is a Executive Director job opening with USA Climbing, a non-profit group that American Sport Climbing events. To read more, click here .


--Three mountaineers were evacuated from the 17,200-foot high camp on Denali's West Buttres by the park's contract A-Star B3 helicopter last Thursday. Two had sustained leg injuries in an avalanche and were unable to walk. To read more, click here .

Notes from All Over
--A non-standard knot is to blame for the death of a 20-year-old climber at the Raven's Roost in Virginia.  To read more, click here .

--Two climbers in Canada's Heart Creek region near Canmore were killed in a fall on Sunday. The circumstances that lead to the fatalities are not currently clear. To read more, click here.

--A 70-year-old climber was killed at Pilot Mountain in North Carolina this week. Lloyd Ramsey, a staple of Pilot Mountain climbing, was killed following a 50-foot fall while soloing a route in the area. To read more, click here .

--Two American climbers were killed in Peru last week on Palcaraju (20,583'). After the pair failed to return from their climb a search and rescue operation was set into motion. Unfortunately, the two men were discovered shortly thereafter. To read more, click here .

--Canadian guide and pro climber Sonnie Trotter has come up with a great way to train for crack climbing. Check out his post on "Crack Machines," here .

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