Lightning Kills One Near Humphreys Peak Summit

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Lightning killed a 17-year-old Wade Young of Tempe, Arizona, near the Humphreys Peak summit on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Two other hikers nearby were also transported to a Flagstaff hospital. Meteorologists said there were 106 on-the-ground and 393 cloud-to-cloud lightning strikes between noon and 1 p.m. in that area. The group called 911 but was delayed in coming because of the lightning storm.

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$250,000 Grant For Tower Work on Clingmans Dome

Milky Way over Clingmans Dome
Friends of the Smokies has won a $250,000 grant for rehabilitation work on the Clingmans Dome tower. Clingmans competed for the grant with other national parks in a competition sponsored by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation and hosted by National Geographic from May 25 through July 5 in which online votes were made for which national park deserved the grant.

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High Point, New Jersey, Monument Area Restricted Because of Falling Mortar (but Monument is still open)


New Jersey has restricted access to the area around the High Point Monument because of falling mortar. Mortar is missing on all sides but the worst is on the south side. Mortar has been reported to have been falling on the monument since 2011. The south and west sides of the monument are closed but the north and east sides are still open as is access to the tower where you can still climb the 291 steps to the top of the monument which was completed in 1930. The tower had a $3.6 million overhaul including the mortar joints in 2005 after being closed for 8 years.

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Whitney Portal Road Reopens After Lone Pine Fire


A posting on the Whitney Portal bulletin board indicates the Portal Road reopened this morning. It had been closed because of a forest fire which had prevented access via the Portal. The fire on low elevations of the road is called the Lone Pine Fire and was reported to be 30 acres and 5 percent contained.

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3 Rainier Helicopter Rescues on Rainier in 3 Weeks

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There have been 3 helicopter rescues on Mount Rainier since June 10.

*On June 26 a climber going up the Emmons Glacier Route to the summit developed breathing problems. A member of his party stayed with him and a helicopter with two climbing rangers were dropped off on a ledge below. The two were attached to a line hanging beneath the helicopter and flown to a lower elevation where they were air lifted off the mountain.

*On June 19 two climbers were airlifted after being standed in a storm at 13,000 feet.

*On June 10 two climbers became disoriented and spent several days on mountain and were taken off the summit.

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Couple Summit of Everest Called Fraud After They Wear Different Clothes in Different Photos


Dinesh and Tarkeshwari Rathod who had claimed to be the first couple to summit Mount Everest are being called a fraud by people who say photos of the climb show them wearing red outfits in one shot on the climb and orange outfits in another. Climbers note that you do not change clothes while climbing Everest.

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Willamette Week: Where People Fall and Die on Mount Hood


Willamette Week has an article on where people fall and die on Mount Hood.

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J.K. Rowling Names Mount Greylock as Site of North American Hogwarts


J.K. Rowling has written a short story identify the North American Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as being on Mount Greylock.

“It stands at the highest peak of Mount Greylock, where it is concealed from non-magic gaze by a variety of powerful enchantments, which sometimes manifest in a wreath of misty cloud,” she writes.

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Feral Sheep to Removed from Mauna Kea

Wild sheeps, Big Island, Hawaii // Canon 6D
Hawaii has announced a plan to shoot or trap feral sheep on Mauna Kea to protect the habitat of the Palila bird on Mauna Kea. The dates are July 5 and 6, and Sept. 20 and 21 and will affect the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve, Mauna Kea Ice Age Natural Area Reserve, Palila Mitigation Lands, Kaohe Game Management Area and Mauna Kea Hunter Access Road. The Observatory road will remain open.

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Father and Daughter Greg and Vanessa Blasic Climb 7 Summits

Father and Daughter Greg and Vanessa Blasic have completed their quest to climb the 7 summits. They did so over a 12-year period.

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