The Fremont County publication The Ranger has a nice article on the trail work involved in building the switchbacks on the Glacier Trail between between Star Lake and Downs Fork Meadows as well as improvement on the Star Lake and Burro Flats. Among other obstacles was blasting on the trail.
The work affects the main trail to Gannett Peak.
The article notes:
To access the area, [Matt] Walter, five trail technicians and Shoshone National Forest blaster Crosby Davidson gathered on July 16 at the head of Glacier Trail ten miles southeast of Dubois. They loaded for eight days as gear including two 100-pound drills, hundreds of pounds of explosives, bear-proof coolers and an electrified bear-fence, was placed on 16 packhorses and mules.
Each animal carried about 200 pounds of equipment.
Yukio Kato was killed in a 200 foot fall on the trail (at 13,500 feet) on the trail back from the Whitney summit to the trailhead about 1:30 p.m., Sunday, September 1. Officials were unable to recover his body until Monday, September 2.
Geologists have always said the mountain was created by the Pacific Plate sinking beneath the North American Plate. However they did not know precisely why the mountain formed where it did and the mountain is farther inland than what could be explained in the previous models. Continue reading →
French officials have charged 5 people with manslaughter in the death of 12-year-old Tito Traversa on a climbing accident in Orpierre, France after his equipment failed allegedly because of faulty equipment.
Among those charged is the owner of the company that produced the rubber keepers without instructions, and the owner of the gear shop that sold the keepers. The manager of the club that organized the climbing trip, as well as two of the instructors who were on site, have also been charged for failing to monitor the assembly of the equipment.
Brevard,North Carolina, school teacher Matt Kirk has claimed the record for fastest self supported hike of the Appalachian Trail – 58 days, nine hours and 38 minutes. The previous record was 60 days. Kirk averaged 37 miles a day.