Cheaha Temporarily Closes in Wake of Ice Storm

Cheaha temporarily closed on Feb. 17, 2014, to clean up debris from the ice storm that hit the mountain Feb. 13-14. The storm downed 1,000 trees, knocked off power and damaged cabins. Authorities said it was the worst damage to the park since Hurricane Opal in 1995. The park hopes to reopen in time for the February 22 Cheaha Ultramarathon.


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Legendary Climber Chad Kellogg Killed in Patagonia, Argentina Accident

Legendary climber Chad Kellogg of Seattle was killed Friday, Feb. 14 when he was hit by a rock while climbing Mount Fitz Roy, in the Patagonia region of Argentina. Among his other accomplishments was a claimed record roundtrip climb of Denali’s West Buttress in 23 hours and 55 minutes in 2003 (doing the ascent in 14 hours 22 minutes (from 7,200 ft. to 20,320 ft.). No attempt has been made so far to recover his body.


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Zip Line on Cheaha?

Alabama is looking to spice up its state parks. This has spurred talk of a possible zip line at Cheaha. There of course is no formal plan at the time but the social media is buzzing.


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Washington Senate Renames Rainier to Mount Seattle Seahawks

The Washington Senate has renamed Rainier “Mount Seattle Seahawks” and changed its park name to “12th Man National Park.” You just knew they couldn’t let a Colorado move go unanswered.

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Olympic Torch Summits Elbrus


Russia has carried the Olympic torch to the top of Elbrus.
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Colorado Governor Formally Proclaims Mount Elbert to Be Called Mount Peyton Manning on Super Bowl Sunday

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has formally renamed Mount Elbert Mount Peyton Manning on Super Bowl. Never mind what’s legal per the formal renaming process. THis is what’s fun.

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Quarter Flap: North Carolina Notes That 53% of Smokies is in NC and Not Tennessee

There’s something of an interstate flap over the new quarter featuring Smoky Mountains and has the name “Tennessee” on on it. North Carolina notes that 53 percent of the park is actually in North Carolina. The quarter is part of a “America the Beautiful” series featuring a national park in each state. North Carolina is the Blue Ridge Parkway — sort of the home to another state highpoint – Mount Mitchell.


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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter


A new quarter features Great Mountains National Park.
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Lightning Nicks Right Thumb of Christ on Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro


A lightning strike nicked off the right thumb of Christ on Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro.


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Taos Ski Valley Announces Plan for Ski Lift Above Timberline in 2014


The Taos Ski Valley has announced plans to build a ski above timberline in 2014 near the 12,450 foot high Kachina Peak.


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