Guadalupe Peak Closed as Fire Spreads

Guadalupe Peak is closed as fire spreads.

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Fatalities on Everest in 4 Consecutive May Days

far this season.
*Phurba Sherpa died died THursdsay, May 19 about 150 meters from the summit.
*Eric Arnold, 36, of the Netherlands, died Friday, May 20 while coming down from a successful summit
*Maria Strydom, 34, of Australia died Saturday, May 21, from altitude sickness at Camp IV
*Subash Paul, 44, died Sunday, May 22, at Base Camp

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Video of CCC Building Cheaha Tower


Here’s a wonderful video of the CCC building the Cheaha Tower.

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Harney Peak Crews Clearing Beetle Damaged Trees

Officials note they are still clearing mountain pine beetle infestation dead trees in the Black Elk Wilderness around Harney Peak. The tree easily fall after being damaged. In 2015 more than 1,500 trees were cleared.

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Conspiracy Theories Over Mount Washington 100 MPH Wind Video


Conspiracy theories are circulating that a video of a man blowing up in the air during 100+ mph wind storm on Tuesday, May 16, 2016. Comments center on other people not being affected in the same manner by the wind and that the subject of the wind stands up at the end. Mount Washington Observatory said the people who were not as affected by the wind were in sheltered spots.

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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 The motion to do this was ulitmately withdrawn.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

Rainier Stamp
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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