Here is video footage of the August 13, 2015 debris flow at Mount Rainier. Zachary Jones and Caroline Pedro were walking up the now closed Westside Road towards the Tahoma Creek Trail when they heard a loud rumbling. Zachary asked Carol what the sound was, she thought it might be a passing train. They kept walking and got to a clearing where they had a full view of Tahoma Creek. In the distance, they saw huge mounds of tree debris and boulders raging down the creek. Zachary said if we're gonna die, we might as well film it! [Note: both are okay!]
The South Dakota Board of Geographic Names has voted 4-1 against renaming Harney Peak to Hinhan Kaga (Making of Owls). The Board on May 7 denied a request to rename the mountain Black Elk Peak. Board members noted there was not wide spread support for the renaming.
Don’t get too excited. The Arizona Snowbowl won’t be whisking you up Humphreys Peak in a chairlift. But the Snowbowl likes the name for its first chair lift in many years (and it will be technically on the lower portion of the mountain but serving the ski area and not the hiking area). Continue reading →
Historical records contain two stories about the naming of Negro Mountain, which rises to 3,075 feet in Maryland, and 3,213 feet in Pennsylvania. In one account, a free black frontiersman named Nemesis was killed during a skirmish with Indians in 1756 while serving in a militia during the French and Indian War.
In the other version, a large black servant named Goliath was killed while protecting his master, Capt. Andrew Friend, from an Indian attack on their hunting party.
The Mauna Kea Summit Road has reopened after being closed because of protests over the Thirty Metre Telescope. There are restrictions between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. prohibiting access other than with with vehicle and requiring no camping within one mile of the summit road. Protestors had been camping out at the visitors center which is closed. Rules for access and emergency prohibitions were signed by Governor David Inge on July 14.
Posted July 1, 2015:
The Mauna Kea summit road closed indefinitely at 5:08 pm local time on June 30. The road has been subject to numerous protests over construction of the Thirty Metre Telescope. Among the protests were rock barriers built across the road. If you are planning a visit you should check road conditions.