Guadalupe Closed Indefinitely Due to Flooding

The Clouds Open Up
The National Park Service issued this notice on Thursday, September 12, 2013:

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Official New USGS Maps Show McKinley is 83 Feet Shorter Than Earlier Reported (20,237 feet rather than 20,320 feet)

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New USGS and Alaska maps show McKinley is 83 feet shorter at 20,237 feet rather than 20,320 feet — still the highest mountain in the US.

You can see the difference in the maps from the new digital maps with the old raster maps. The new maps have different contours on South Peak which is the highpoint. Download the McKinley map (AK_Mount_McKinley_A-3_SE_20130905_TM_geo_ (which is also available from the National Map) Here’s the link to the USGS Alaska Initiative.

Here’s a press release from Alaska Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell:

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Stubbs the Cat, Talkeetna’s “Mayor” Returns Following Dog Mauling

Stubbs the cat that has been the unofficial mayor of Talkeetna for 15 years has returned home after a dog mauling.

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Renaming of Talkeetna Ranger Station for First McKinley Climber Walter Harper


The renaming of the Talkeetna Ranger station for McKinley first climber Walter Harper awaits President’s Obama’s signature.

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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Film Festival on East Coast



The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is sponsoring a film festival at several theatres on the East Coast featuring the film Appalachian Impressions.
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Repairs Begin on Harney Peak Tower

Harney Peak Fire Tower
A group of 19 volunteers using materials brought in by mules have begun making repairs to the Harney Peak Tower. The tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Listen to the report on KOTA.

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Why They Put Up The Falling Rocks Signs


This amazing video shows why they have falling rocks rather than fallen rocks signs.

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Leaf Peeping Time on the Enchanted Circle Drive Around Wheeler Peak


Various publications are noting that the road circling Wheeler Peak (popularly referred to as the Enchanted Circle) isone of the country’s top destinations to enjoy fall foliage.
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Whitney Trail Is Busy 24 Hours A Day

The 97 Switchbacks at Night
While there are lots of good Whitney trip reports out there, this one in the Fresno Bee seems particularly good in capturing the 24 hour a day nature of the Whitney Trail.

BTW, that’s a pretty nifty photo of lights on the 97 switchbacks.

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Ann Coffey 50 State Completion

The Louisville Courier-Journal has a nice interview with Ann Coffey who completed 50 on Sunday, September 1, 2013 at Humphrey’s Peak.

The article notes:
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