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Friday, May 25,2012

Kayaking memories on the White Salmon River

I almost missed my chance to kayak the White Salmon River before it changed forever. After dropping off the kids at school, packing, making last-minute phone calls and sending last-minute emails, I left the house an hour later than planned. With a five-hour drive and only the afternoon of a late October day ahead of me, I had almost given up on the idea of paddling before my trip even started.
Thursday, May 24,2012

Come for the fish, stay for the people

Filmmaker floats 550-mile stretch of Yellowstone River

By Elizabeth Miller
Before setting off in August 2011 to float for 31 days down the longest undammed river in the lower 48, filmmaker Hunter Weeks had spent just a little time rafting the Arkansas. It had been 10 years since he’d caught a fish.
Wednesday, May 23,2012

Everest Death Toll Climbs to 11

After communications with a camp on the North Side of Everest, Alan Arnette has upped the fatalities for the 2012 season to 11. The climbing blogger recently conducted a phone interview with Jamie McGuinness of Project Himalaya. The details of the two confirmed deaths, and one presumed death, are listed below.
Friday, May 18,2012

New Routes for Top Colorado Climbing Area Unanimously Rejected

Climbers in Colorado seemingly botched an opportunity for access to more routes in Rifle. Some of the finest — and hardest — limestone routes in North America are located in Rifle Mountain Park, which features 200 bolted sport routes, few rated below 5.10, with average grades more like 5.12. But a move submitted to the Colorado Division of Wildlife this past fall by the Rifle Climbers Coalition (RCC), with backing from the Access Fund, to expand routes in the area has just been rejected unanimously by a 14-member panel of the state wildlife commission.
Thursday, May 17,2012

Towering challenges

On summiting, and saving, the desert

By Elizabeth Miller
When water washed away the red sandstone of the Colorado Plateau, it left the improbable spires of rust-colored rock, fingers flipping off the over-baking sun and the sand-spitting wind and the improvised protection the climbers who lusted after the tops of those towers would have to rely on in pursuit of a summit. It’s these spires that Steve “Crusher” Bartlett explores in his book, Desert Towers: Fat Cat Summits and Kitty Litter Rock, a historic tome loaded with images to twang the imaginations of any climber who loves to lock hands with splitter cracks.
Wednesday, May 16,2012

Conrad Anker Calls Off West Ridge Climb on Everest

Today our expedition took a new turn. Poor conditions on the West Ridge—in particular the Hornbein Couloir—have made that climbing route unsafe. The West Ridge leg of the climb has been officially called off.
Tuesday, May 15,2012

Mountain Creek Sues to Recover Under Weather Insurance Policy

In an apparent case of first impression nationwide, Mountain Creek Resort, Inc. has sued its insurance carrier, Everest Indemnity Insurance Company, in an attempt to force the insurer to pay a claim under a weather insurance policy underwritten by the company. Although this lawsuit appears to be the first of its kind anywhere in the United States, the lack of case law is hardly surprising given the way in which weather insurance policies for ski resorts are drafted. In essence, weather insurance is business interruption insurance with a twist. It is designed to protect a ski resort against weather so bad that it would almost certainly prevent the resort from opening in time for the Christmas holiday. Unfortunately for skiers across the country, that was exactly the type of unprecedentedly warm “winter” weather that hit much of the country last December.
Thursday, May 10,2012

Schooled in the outdoors

By Elizabeth Miller
The Girls’ Wilderness Program believes in using time in the woods to help girls develop confidence and build interpersonal and personal skills.
Thursday, May 10,2012

Richards returning home

By Elizabeth Miller
National Geographic has announced that Boulder-based mountaineer Cory Richards, whose expedition to Mount Everest was interrupted by a medical emergency that ended in him being airlifted to Kathmandu April 28, will not be returning to Everest Base Camp.
Thursday, May 10,2012

Dance-climb fusion project moves to Boulder

By Elizabeth Miller
Maybe you know AscenDance from the television show America’s Got Talent. Or maybe from their 2009 appearance at Boulder’s Aerial Dance Festival. Or maybe you’re getting to know them as a new neighbor on Arapahoe Avenue. The AscenDance Project moves an art form into a sports arena by blending dance and climbing — the dancers cling to holds on a climbing wall while executing their choreography. And its founder and artistic director, Isabel Von Rittberg, has officially moved to Boulder, bringing the AscenDance company to a new studio here.