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Climbing News from Here and Abroad - 7/11/13

Posted Jul 11 2013 9:00am

--A climber from British Columbia was rescued near the top of Mount Rainier on Sunday. It appears that the climber took a fall near the top of the Emmons Glacier and suffered a number of injuries. To read more, click here .

--A climber was hurt in a rappelling accident on Mt. Goode in the North Cascades National Park over the weekend. However, at this point there is no other information on the incident.

--Rescuers used sunlight reflecting off of an emergency blanket to signal a rescue helicopter in a remote area northwest of Victoria, B.C. on Monday. First responders used the low-tech, but effective method while assisting a severely injured man. He had tumbled into a fifteen-foot deep hole on a steep, remote and densely wooded slope east of Shawnigan Lake. To read more, click here .

--AAI Guide James Pierson recently completed a Park Glacier Headwall trip on Mt. Baker. Here's a write-up on their ascent.

--The Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mt. Adams District in collaboration with the South Gifford Pinchot Collaborative (SGPC) is proposing a road restoration project. The Forestwide Roads Analysis recommended decommissioning roads that have low access needs and considerable environmental risk (USDA Forest Service 2002). Therefore, in order to continue the Forest’s long-standing efforts to improve watershed health, the SGPC has composed an Environmental Assessment (EA) focused on road decommissioning, closure and maintenance - the restoration of unneeded roads and removal from the transportation system. To read more, click here .


--On Sunday morning, Mono County SAR located a couple climbing Laurel Mountain that had been reported as overdue. To read more, click here .

--Conservative lawmakers used harsh rhetoric this week to denounce a Yosemite National Park plan that they say would exclude park visitors. In a House of Representatives hearing dominated by critics of the plan, the Republican congressman who represents the world-famous park warned that it would be harder to buy ice cream get groceries or find a swimming pool in Yosemite Valley under a plan he associated with the “most radical and nihilistic fringe of the environmental left.” To read more,  click here .

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Desert Southwest:

--Inexperience and errors of judgment, factors often cited in accidents and injuries in the National Park System, played a role in two recent canyoneering accidents just outside Zion National Park. Both accidents, which occurred in the same canyon over a two-day period, stemmed from inexperienced participants, according to officials involved in rescuing the injured. Fortunately, the accident victims survived the incidents, albeit with significant injuries, but the episodes highlight the need to have the proper skills and gear when participating in high-risk activities such as canyoneering. To read more, click here .


--A writer for the Xconomy blog recently wrote about the leadership skills that he witnessed from AAI guide Richard Riquelme on Denali. To read the blog, click here .

Notes from All Over:

--The 12-year old climbing prodigy, Tito Traversa, died last week after suffering a 50-foot ground-fall. It appears that the accident was the result of incorrectly rigged quickdraws. To read more, click here .

--A 21-year-old man from Florida has died after falling approximately 1,000-feet off Apikuni mountain in Montana's Glacier National Park. Park spokesperson Denise Germann says rangers recovered the body Tuesday evening. To read more, click here .

--The attack that killed 10 foreign mountain climbers in Pakistan last month has frightened foreign climbers, and nearly 100 have packed up and headed home, leading others to cancel planned trips. To read more, click here .

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