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Outdoor and Climbing News from Here and Abroad - 9/13/12

Posted Sep 13 2012 9:00am
Northwest:

--The remains of two climbers were recovered from the Muir Snowfield on Friday. Rangers believe that the bodies are two of four people who went missing on the mountain in January. To read more, click here  and here .

--Three men were descending Ruth Mountain on Sunday when one decided to teach the others some crevasse rescue skills. Unfortunately, during the lesson, there was a catastrophic anchor failure and all three men fell to the bottom of a crevasse. They were successfully rescued later in the day. To read more, click here .

--Trout Creek, the popular climbing area in Oregon, is going through an environmental assessment. Please support climbing by supporting Alternative 2 in the EA and email BLM_OR_PR_mail@blm.gov. To read the alternatives, click here .

--Scott Bennett, Blake Herrington, Graham Zimmerman, and Forest Woodward developed new lines on the Blade, Stiletto Peak and made attempts on new lines on Mount Asperity in British Columbia's Waddington Range last month. To read more, click here .

Sierra:

--A climber was killed when he lost his footing on North Palisade Peak this week. The 59-year-old man was climbing with two companions when the slip took place. To read more, click here .

--The Yosemite Climbing Association in conjunction with the Access Fund is working on a fundraiser for this year's Yosemite Facelift. To read more, click here .

--Yosemite National Park is continuing it's investigation and outreach efforts in light of the hantavirus outbreak. The park is attempting to contact everyone who stayed in Curry Village's "Signature Tents" between June and late August of this year. To read more, click here .

Desert Southwest:

--Conservation groups contend that the U.S. Forest Service has a duty to protect endangered condors from ingesting the lead from spent ammunition. The groups sued the agency this week, saying that lead ammunition is the leading cause of death for the birds. To read more, click here .

Colorado:

----There has been a lot of controversy over Vice Presidential contender Paul Ryan and his claim to have climbed "almost 40 14ers." Some people have been extremely critical of this claim, whereas others have not been so harsh. To read a round-up of the comments, click here .

Alaska:

--A new statue of a bear is set to be unveiled at the Denali National Park visitor center this fall.  To read more, click here .

Notes from All Over:

--Dodo Kopold and Michal Sabovcik climbed a new route on the Great Trango Tower  in the Baltoro Glacier area of Pakistan. The pair climbed nearly 5000-feet of new terrain over five days in August. To read more, click here .
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