Government Shutdown: Wag Bags at Whitney Portal But No Camping Permitted

Outside Magazine has a great article on “rebel visits” to Whitney during the government shutdown. You can’t camp at the Portal but the Portal Store has wag bags provided by the government.


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Teddy Roosevelt Was Climbing Marcy in Marcy in the Days After McKinley Was Shot But Before He Died


North Country Public Radio has a wonderful story featuring Teddy Roosevelt impersonator Joe Wiegand describing the trip Teddy took from Mount Marcy/Lake Tear of the Clouds to North Creek Station and on to Buffalo to become president after the shooting of William McKinley. The “interview” notes that Roosevelt was not on the mountain when the shots were fired. Advisors had recommended after the shooting that Roosevelt take a vacation to assure the public that McKinley was o.k. It was on the vacation that Roosevelt got word that McKinley had taken a turn for the worse and that is when he came down the mountain. McKinley was shot on September 1, 1901 but died on September 14.

Link to Adirondack Attic Description of the Events


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Warm Springs Pow Wow on Mount Hood on Sepember 28


The Warm Springs tribe (known as the Tenino people) have a right by treaty to use the area around Government Camp on Mount Hood. The Mt. Hood Tribal Heritage Center, named Wiwnu Wash, opened at the Mount Skibowl in 2012. The tribe will hold its annual pow wow at the SKibowl on September 28, 2013.


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Guadalupe Reopens Summit Trail Following Floods

Guadalupe has reopened its backcountry following the floods.

There’s lots of dramatic photos of the floods. https://www.facebook.com/Highpointers/posts/10152229543814616


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Guadalupe Closed Indefinitely Due to Flooding

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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

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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