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 firstname.lastname@example.org; fax (605) 6592; snail mail: SD Board on Geographic Names, Dept. of Tribal Relations, 302 E. Dakota, Pierre SD 57501.
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)..
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.
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.
Brandon Griggs at CNN has a story on the lowest high points. The article focuses on Greg Slayden and his peakbagger.com website.
The Mount Washington Observatory has a amazing video of soap bubbles freezing in its -30 temps.
85-year-old Bob Wheeler of Webster Groves, Missouri, at 85 has been certified as the oldest man to climb Kilimanjaro.