The National Park Service has overturned a ban of Mountain Trip International as preferred Denali guide service. The service had lost its status after a fatal accident in 2011 in which guide Dave Staeheli abandoned Beat Niederer on the mountain. Two others were injured on the expedition.
The NPS in overturning the local park’s move said:
“If viewed as an oversight, albeit it a tragic one, the guides’ (Staeheli’s) failure to carry all required equipment in the Pig Hill incident in 2011 along with MTI’s failure to have a current commercial-use authorization in the Root Glacier incident,” she concluded, “are not, balanced against seven years of satisfactory ratings, enough to declare the operator to have been unsatisfactory over the eight years the current owners of Mountain Trip International have been operating under this contract.”
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The Atlantic reports that Rupee, the “slumdog mountaineer”, that reports had said summited Everest actually only visited base camp where several dogs have gone before.
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Alabama’s park system is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Cheaha was one of Alabama’s original parks.
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The National Park Service plans to keep the road to Paradise open 7 days a week during the winter of 2013-2014. Last season it was closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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The Carlton Blue Australian rules football team plans a mass winter climb of Humphreys as part of their training.
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Mount Mitchell access was closed temporarily due to snow and sleet in the season’s first wintry storm.
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Organizers of the Black Bear Century which goes through Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area en route to High Point State Park have been forced to cancel the event scheduled for October 12, 2013 because the government shut down means they cannot use planned facilities (for which they had a permit) in the Recreation Area.
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A ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Mount Greylock visitor center was Thursday, October 3.
The renovation project – which included developing an interpretive master plan for the reservation and installing new interpretive signage along the roads and at the trail heads – was funded through a federal grant for $860,000 and a state grant of $215,000. It has been in development since 2009.
The visitors center now is a polished, interpretive museum that entertains and educates through interactive displays, artifacts from the mountain’s past, and a 3-D topographical map of the region enhanced with interactive lighting.
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