Mount McKinley To Be Surveyed For First Time Since 1953

Plans are underway to survey Mount McKinley in June — the first time the mountain has been formally survey since 1953. Per GPS World:

An experienced team of four climbers, one from UAF and three from CompassData, will start the precarious trek to the summit with the needed scientific instruments in tow, in the middle of June. They plan to return on or before July 7 and begin work with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and NGS processing the data to arrive at the new summit elevation.

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Four Plead Guilty to Posing Naked on Malaysia on Mount Kinabalu

Four Westerners were fined $1,300 and sentenced to jail for three days (time served) after they pled guilty to stripping naked atop Malaysia’s highest point Mount Kinabalu. Locals had blamed a recent earthquake on the event.

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66 Year Old Fatality on Mount Hood

Ward Milo Maxfield who is 66 died after falling 300 feet on Mount Hood on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Authorities believe he suffered a medical event before the fall as he did not attempt to self-arrest.

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Caltech to Dismantle Telescope on Mauna Kea by 2018

Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, Mauna Kea, Hawaii
Cal Tech has announced plans to close its telescope on Mauna Kea. There are proposals to close at least 3 of the 13 telescopes on Mauna Kea before the new 30 Meter Telescope opens. The scope opened in 1987. After its dismantling the land is scheduled to return to its natural state.

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Peter Barr Completes Highpoints of All North Carolina Counties

The Spartanburg Herald and Blue Ridge Now have nice articles on Peter Barr climbing the highpoints of all the counties of North Carolina as well as discussing county highpointing.

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Nepal Earthquake Lowered Everest by 2.8 CM

Europe’s Sentinal 1A satellite indicates Everest shrank 2.8 cm following the devastating April 28, 2015 earthquake.

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At least 17 Killed Avalanche at Everest Base Camp Following 7.8 Earthquake

At least 17 climbers have been killed at Everest Base Camp following an avalanche in the Saturday, April 25 7.8 earthquake in Nepal. This is more casualties than last year’s avalanche which closed the mountain for the season.

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Protestors Arrested for Blocking Road to Mauna Kea Summit

Several protestors were arrested Thursday, April 2, for blocking the road to the summit of Mauna Kea. They were protesting the telescopes on what is considered sacred land to native islanders.

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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; email; 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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