South Dakota Board on Geographic Names Considering Proposal to Rename Harney Peak To Black Elk Peak

The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names is having hearings on whether to recommend that the U.S. rename Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak. The board is seeking to make the recommendation by July 1.

The state Board will take written comments until May 1; online at sdbgn.sd.gov; email 773-david.reiss@state.sd.us; fax (605) 6592; snail mail: SD Board on Geographic Names, Dept. of Tribal Relations, 302 E. Dakota, Pierre SD 57501.

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Snow Dragon Ice Cave on West Side of Mount Hood Partially Collapses

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The warm temperatures have caused Mount Hood’s most famous snow cave — the Snow Dragon to collapse at the end of January (but is widely reported now)..
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Mount Washington Officially Second Coldest Place on Earth On February 16

Mount Washington’s temperature of -35 on Feb. 16 made it the second coldest officially reported place in the world on that date (behind -51 at the South Pole).
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Solo Hiker Dies on Presidentials During Extreme Weather

Kate Matrosova of New York City was found dead between Mount Madison and Mount Adams on Monday, February 16, after activating her locator beacon in the Presidentials in New Hampshire. She was alone and was planning to hike Mount Adams, Mount Jefferson and Mount Washington. Winds were reported 100 mph. Search crews could not initially search because of the extreme -30 temperature and high winds. The Boston Globe had an extremely detailed account including video of the incident. She was actually very well prepared.
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Proposal to Rename South Elbert to Mount William & Mary


Professor Ken Kambis of William & Mary is proposing to rename South Elbert to Mount William & Mary.

South Elbert, which is 14,134 feet high, does not have a formally recognized name and is not considered one of Colorado’s Fourteeners because it does not have a 100 foot rise difference from Elbert. You cross it if you climb Elbert from the South.

He unsuccessfully attempted this in 1998 but drew substantial opposition from local groups including the Colorado Mountain Club. This time around he is trying to suggest a William & Mary connection to the mountain noting that W&M alumni James Monroe and Robert R. Livingston negotatiated the Lousiana Purchase which brought Colorado to the United States.
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Kevin Jorgesona dn Tommy Caldwell Climb Yosemite’s Dawn Wall of El Capitan in 19 days


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CNN Story on Lowest Highpoints

Brandon Griggs at CNN has a story on the lowest high points. The article focuses on Greg Slayden and his peakbagger.com website.
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Lonnie Dupre Has Become the First to Solo Climb McKinley in January

Lonnie Dupre has become the first solo climber of Mount McKinley in January. Lonnie’s website
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Cold Enough to Freeze Bubbles on Mount Washington


The Mount Washington Observatory has a amazing video of soap bubbles freezing in its -30 temps.
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85-year-old Webster Groves Man Called Oldest to Summit Kilimanjaro

85-year-old Bob Wheeler of Webster Groves, Missouri, at 85 has been certified as the oldest man to climb Kilimanjaro.

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