Mauna Kea Summit Road Reopens

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.

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Michael J. Fox Climbs White Butte in Parkinson’s Disease Fundraiser

Actor Michael Fox climbed White Butte in North Dakota on Sunday, July 12, 2015, to join Sam Fox who is bicycling across the country and climbing each of the 48 highpoints in a fundariser for Parkinson’s Disease. Sam (who is not related to Michael) is a staff member of the Michael J. Fox Foundation and has dubbed his effort the Tour de Fox.

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Tallest Mountain East of the Rockies Debate

The Rapid City Journal has joined in on the “highest east of the Rockies” claim for Harney Peak. The article acknowledges that Guadalupe Peak at 8,749 feet is higher than 7,242-foot high Harney. It does note that the process that uplifted the Rockies also uplifted both those mountain. The Journal does note is Harney’s claim of “the highest point east of the Rocky Mountains and west of the Pyrenees Mountains of Europe” is technically correct if you consider it in a straight line.

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Britton Hill is Name of Jeb Bush Company

Florida’s highest point Britton Hill has worked its way into the 2016 Presidential Contest as taxes released by candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was one of four people who formed the company Britton Hill Partners in 2008 to raise money for two energy companies and an aviation firm. Bush sold his interest in 2014.

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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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