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Obama Officially Declares Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

President Barrack Obama on August 24 officially declared the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. The 87,500 acre monument is east of Katahdin which remains in Baxter State Park. The proposal has stirred controversy for more than a decade after … Continue reading

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Melissa Arnot and Maddie Miller Claim 50 Highpoints in Record 41 Days

Melissa Arnot and Maddie Miller said they completed visiting the 50 state summits in 41 days, 16 hours and 10 minutes — breaking the previous record of 43 days, 2 hours, and 8 minutes. They began their quest on Denali … Continue reading

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Mount Mitchell State Park Celebrates 100th Anniversary August 26-27

Mount Mitchell State Park will be celerbating its 100th Anniversary August 26-27. So the events: *Ascent of the Century – Hike 6 Miles, 4,000 vertical to the summit (the event includes two nights of camping and a descent by tour … Continue reading

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Book Recounts 1959 Earthquake That Probably Killed Granite Climber

Larry Morris has published a book about the August 17, 1959 7.5 Yellowstone earthquake that killed 28. A climber on Granite who is believed to have been buried in an avalanche. His body has never been recovered and he is … Continue reading

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Feds Rename Harney Peak To Black Elk Peak

In a move nobody expected the U.S. Board of Geographic Names voted Thursday, August 11, to rename Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak. The discussion has gone on for years and even the South Dakota Board as well as the … Continue reading

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2 Rescues in 2 Weeks on Borah

Kenneth Lissner of Tampa was airlifted from Borah on Wedneday, August 10 after he used his satellite phone to report he was hypothermic at 12:30 a.m. Two Bear Air Rescue from Kalispell, Montana picked him up at 6:15 a.m. and … Continue reading

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3 to 4 Mile Long Lines to Enter Mount Rainier Via Nisqually

Mount Rainier is reporting 3-4 mile long entrance lines to get through the Nisqually entrance. Rainier has increased its busiest entrance from 2 lanes to 3 but the lanes still go back to 2 to go past the entrance sign. … Continue reading

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15 Air Force Related Climbers on Granite in USAFsummits 50 Highpoint Challenge

15 members and civilians from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base attempted Granite Peak on August 4-6 as the part of the USAF Summits 50 Highpoint Challenge.

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19-Year Old Granite Peak Climber in Critical Condition

Thomas Craig Pfeifle, 19, of Rapid City, was airlifted near the summit of Granite Peak on Monday, August 8, following an accident and is in critical condition after being moved to Seattle. He was rescued at 12,200 feet of the … Continue reading

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Proposal to Limit Humphreys Peak Hikers to 50 A Day

The Arizona Daily Sun has suggested limiting Humphreys Peak climbers to 50 a day.  The paper made the proposal in response to the July 20 lightning strike near the summit that killed 17-year-old Wade Young on July 20. The paper notes that … Continue reading

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