Nepal and West Bengal New Rules Prohibit Those Over 50 From Climbing Everest

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Nepal and West Bengal proposed rules on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 which prohibit climbers older than 50 from climbing Everest. The governments said that their governments will not assist in rescues for bringing back bodies of those in violation of the rules. They noted that rescues/recoveries on Everest are very expensive. Previously the governments did not investigate the qualification for climbing.

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Norway Considering Moving Border to Give Finland New Highpoint


Reports indicate Norway is considering a border change that would give Finland a new highpoint. The mountain in question is Halti which is on the border with the 1,331-meter (4,367-foot) summit in Norway. The border change would give Finland the summit. Finland’s current highest point is 1,325 meters (4,347 feet) (Hálditšohkka) is a spur of the mountain. Norway’s highest mountain, Galdhøpiggen is 2,469 meters (8,100 feet).

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Man Walks Away from Lightning Strike on Crawford Path in New Hampshire

Crawford Path
Glen Rowland of Newtown, Connecticut, was hit by lightning on Sunday, July 24, 2016, on Crawford Path in the New Hampshire White Mountains. He refused help from hikers and spent the night in scrub before firefighters from Windham found him.

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Ashley National Forest Video on Accessing Kings Peak from South


Most people who climb Kings Peak come in from the north. Ashley National Forest has created a video on how to access the summit from the south from Yellowstone and Swift Creek Trailhead.

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Katahdin’s Dudley Trail Closed Until 2018

Mount Katahdin - Dudley Trail
Maine has closed the 1.3-mile 1,988 foot elevation gain Dudley Trail from Chimney Pond up Pamola until 2018 because of rock fall. The strenuous trail was often used Baxter Peak summit, Knife Edge and Pamola Peak loop.

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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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