4.25.12 Newswire: Local Hiking Incidents, Public Lands, & Sponsorships

GEAR:30, Ogden’s new “Premier Mountain Equipment” store, debut’s at the Ogden Climbing Festival!

 

Controversy over ‘Lift Utah’ and SkiLink a Proposed Resort Connecting Gondola

SkiLink, the proposed gondola that will link the Canyons Resort in Park City to Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon, is one of the most controversial and divisive developments the Wasatch Mountains have seen in a long time…. More at Utah Outside, Standard Examiner, and Deseret News.

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SAR Helps Mother Daughter Down Mt. Olympus

SALT LAKE CITY — A mother and daughter had to be escorted down from Mt. Olympus Tuesday evening after they lost their way… More at Fox 13

 

 

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Man From Ogden Short-Cuts American Fork Canyon Trail, Falls 75 Feet

UTAH COUNTY — Utah Highway Patrol says a hiker was critically injured after falling nearly 75 feet  in American Fork Canyon Tuesday afternoon… More at Fox 13

 

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MY LANDS: Arizona Joining Utah in Fight for Public Lands

PHOENIX – Arizona may join Utah in demanding that the federal government surrender control of millions of acres of public land to the state… More at Standard Examiner

 

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Provo River Trail Now Open

PROVO — Monte Swain was pleasantly surprised as he headed out for his first jog of the season on the Provo River Trail. That’s because the trail is no longer closed at I-15. “I didn’t know about the tunnel. The tunnel is great,” he said. “It used to be terrible to run through this spot.” More at Deseret News.

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MY LANDS: Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Subject of Fed Land Fight

SALT LAKE CITY — In another version of the state’s ongoing fight with the federal government over ownership of disputed lands, Utah is claiming that the feds are “squatters” on thousands of acres of bird refuge property and is going to court to get compensation… More at Deseret News

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Outdoor Retailer Mulling New Home

Outdoor Retailer (OR) and the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) have teamed up to poll the industry on the best location for future trade shows as the show has outgrown Salt Lake’s facilities. OR’s contract with the Salt Palace expires after the 2014 Summer Market… More at Transworld Business.

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GEAR:30 Arc’teryx Sponsors F9Photo’s Snow Guardians

Arc’teryx, the technical leader in outdoor performance apparel, is proud to announce its sponsorship of F9Photo’s Snow Guardians, an upcoming documentary film that captures the lives and work of ski patrol and search and rescue teams in the Rocky Mountains… More at SNEWS

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GEAR:30 Kokatat Sponsors the 2012 Trans-Territorial Canoe Expedition

On May 4th, four Minnesota natives will set out by ferry from Bellingham, WA for Skagway, AK, where they will begin a 135 day canoe expedition from the headwaters of the Yukon River to Hudson Bay.  The 2012 Trans-Territorial Canoe Expedition team will rely on Kokatat GORE-TEX® dry suits and PFDs… More at SNEWS

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First Ever Ring of Fire Sport Climb Event

From Head Route Setter and comp organizer Shane Messer: On April 21st 2012, Central Rock Gym in Hadley, Massachusetts held its first ever Ring of Fire pro sport climbing event. For a first year event it pulled in some big hitters to take a swing at a $5000 purse… More at DPM Climbing

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New Routes in Venezuela

After 38 days in the jungle, Nicolas Favresse, Sean Villanueva, Stephane Hanssens, and Jean-Louis Wertz returned to civilization with two new first ascents on the Amuri Tepui in Venezuela, one of the steepest big walls in the world. They started their first route ten days after Mason Earle and his team began the very first ascent of the tepui… More at Urban Climber

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New Exhibits at Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Grand Canyon National Park recently completed installation of new interpretive and orientation exhibits at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center located near Mather Point on the South Rim. The exhibits include opportunities for interactive trip planning, a large map of the canyon that allows users to view video footage from locations around the park… More at National Park Service

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Exploding Frozen Cows Story Grows

ASPEN — A U.S. Forest Service team learned Friday the agency will have to dispose of considerably more than six cow carcasses discovered last month in a cabin near Conundrum Hot Springs… More at The Aspen Times

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