Here’s a pretty cool star field effect from Death Valley.
Cheaha is celebrating its first annual lighted pickel drop from atop Cheaha.
Death Vally National Park has suspended the permit for the Badwater Ultramarathon. They are reviewing all events and races in the park and will make an announcement on the new policy in March. In the meantime Ultramathon has announced a new course in 2014.
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.”
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.
Alabama’s park system is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Cheaha was one of Alabama’s original parks.
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.