More than 100 Earthquakes on Mount Hood on May 15-16

More than 100 small swarm earthquakes on Mount Hood were reported May 15-16, 2016.

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US Board of Geographic Names Formally Considers Change of Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak or Thunder Peak

The United States Board of Geographic Names formally discussion a motion on April 14, 2016, to rename Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak or Thunder Peak. The motion to do this was ulitmately withdrawn. Below are the minutes of the meeting:
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Mount Rogers National Recreation Area Celebrates 50th Anniversary on May 30

Mount Rogers National Recreation Area Celebrates 50th Anniversary on May 30.

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USPS To Issue Mount Rainier Star Trails Stamp

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The USPS plans to issue a stamp depicting a Mount Rainier Star Trails photo mashup. The stamp will be issued June 2 at New York City’s Javits Center at 11 a.m. as part of the world’s largest stamp show that only takes place in the United States once a decade, World Stamp Show-NY 2016. Dedication ceremonies will also take place at or near each of the National Parks depicted on the stamps. Individuals are asked to spread the news on social media by using the hashtags #NPSStamps, #FindYourPark or #NPS100.

The USPS has this description of the stamp:

The stamp image is the creation of Matt Dieterich of Pittsburgh, PA. “This night was one I will never forget,” said Dieterich, who worked at Mount Rainier as an intern with the National Park Service Geoscientist-in-the-Parks to educate the public on dramatic views of the stars and the effect of light pollution near highly populated areas. “After working with visitors at the Mount Rainier astronomy program on June 22, 2015, I noticed there was an aurora, so I drove down to Reflection Lake to capture it.”
“The location was perfect as it contained a view of Mount Rainier and water for reflections,” he continued. “To create this star trails image I took 200 photos in a two-hour window between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. with my Nikon D750 and 24mm lens set at F/1.4 and ISO 5000. Since the Earth is rotating, each 8-sec. exposure shows stars at slightly different locations. When the photos are combined into one image the stars create a circular pattern around the North Star, which is just out of view at the top of the image. The pink aurora spread throughout the background sky. Mountaineers can be seen with their white headlamps climbing Mount Rainier on the right side of the volcano.”
“To capture star trails photos just like this,” he added, “all you need is a digital single lens reflex camera, a wide angle lens, tripod and shutter release cable. So what are you waiting for? Grab your gear and get out under the stars!”

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12 Year Old Tyler Young Prepares for Everest Climb

12 year old Tyler Young is preparing to climb Everest. Young has already set records as the youngest to climb several high peaks.

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Mount Mitchell State Park Plans to More Than Double in Size

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Mount Mitchell State Park is planning to add 2,744 acres on its northern border to its existing 1,996 acres. The plan is due Conservation Fund purchase of land it plans to convey it to the park. The park had 525 acres when it was founded on March 21st 1916.

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Snow Boarder Pledges Funds to Rebuild CCC Cabin on Mount Mansfield Damaged in Fire

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Jake Burton Carpenter, founder of the snow board company Jake Burton, has pledged $100,000 to rebuild a Mount Mansfield Civilian Conservation Cabin that was heavily damaged by in a fire accidentally set his sons on Christmas Eve. The sons had started a fire in the stove on December 23 thinking that a family friend would visit an hour later. The friend didn’t show up and the cabin burned.

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Mount Magazine Elevation Snow


Mount Magazine had elevation snow on February 24 — a site uncommon in Arkansas.

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Tim Johnson in First Winter Bicycle Ascent of Mount Washington


Tim Johnson rode a fat bike up Mount Washington on February 2 for the first winter bicycle ascent of the mountain.

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Fiery Plane Crash on Guadalupe

Guadalupe Mountain National Park has temporarily closed its trails following a small plane crash near the summit. Fire was reported seen at the summit and the debris field is reported to be a half mile wide. Because the crash was in a wilderness area access is only via foot.

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