Storm Clouds Scrub Bush’s “Clear Skies” Speech in Smokies

Barney Escorted to Air Force One on Earth Day 2005 Storm clouds scrubbed George Bush’s plans for a “Clear Skies” Earth Day speech at Cades Cove in the Smokies.
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RMI Braces for Guide Layoffs With New Rainier Quotas and Competing Guide Services in 2006


The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports RMI is bracing for guide layoffs as the National Park Service plans to divide guided services among three mountaineering companies in 2006 and climber quota go into effect.
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Denali Climbing Guide Author R.J. Secor Airlifted to California Hospital After 1,000 Foot Slide Down Mount Baldy

Various backcountry bulletin boards are buzzing about an accident Mount Baldy in California involving R.J. Secor, author of various guidebooks including “Denali Climbing Guide” as well as guides to the Sierras, Aconagua, and the Mexican volcanoes.
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4 Fatalities in 5 Days in Fierce Himalaya Storms on Mt. Pumori

Webindia reports four climbers in five days have died descending Mt Pumori, which means ‘the Unmarried One’, the 7,161 m peak lying next to Mt Everest.
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Early Ozone Warning as Bush Plans Smokies Earth Day Visit

The AP reports one of the earliest ozone warnings in history has been issue for the higher elevations for the Smokies — just in time for President Bush’s Earth Day visit on Friday to Cades Cove. Ozone season is traditionally May to September. This is not the earliest Ozone warning date.
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Elephant Kills Off Trail Hiker at Murchison Falls National Park

Xinhuanet reports that an elephant with a calf attacked off trail hikers at Murchison Falls National Park,some 350 km northwest of Kampala.
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NM Ex-Governor Gary Johnson Sets Sights on Seven Summits

New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson The Denver Post hints that former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is considering a seven summit attempt. Johnson, 52, has already climbed McKinley and Everest and according to the article can be found climbing Kachina Ridge above Taos perhaps 100 times a year. He hopes to do Elbrus this summer.
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Popular Rescue Doctor Fatality in New Zealand After Rescue Beacon Blocked By Cliff

Stuff New Zealand reports Andrew James Ogilvy, 41, died when he fell 500m while climbing Mount Berth, near Lake Ohau in the Ahuriri Conservation Park in New Zealand
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Ken Yager Pushes for Yosemite Climbing Museum at Camp 4

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Ken Yager is attempting to start a museum celebrate Yosemite Valley’s climbing history at Camp 4 in the Park.
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Whitney Mountaineers Route Fatality as Hiker Tries to Glissade Off Summit

Backcountry bulletin boards are abuzz over the second death on the Whitney Mountaineers Route in less than a month. In this case Patrick Wang, 27, was killed while attempting to glissade off the summit. He cartwheeled for 300 feet before falling a 1,000 foot cliff.
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Book Tour Celebrates Second Edition of Mike Gauthier’s Rainier Climbing Guide

Mike Gauthier Rainier Climbing Guide Screenshot Rainier Climbing Ranger Mike Gauthier is embarking on a national book tour to celebrate the second edition of his famous “Rainier Climbing Guide.” The new edition has quite a bit of additional information on: Training, Guiding, Glaciers, History, Biographies and over 60 new
images, many of which are aerial.
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Afghanistan Promotes Virgin 6,000 Metres Peaks to Tourist Mountaineers

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush The Sunday Herald says Afghanistan is trying to promote mountaineering tourism by publicizing its virgin 6,000 metre peaks in the Hindu Kush and is training 12 former guerrilla fighters to become alpine guides and the country has a special landmine bureau to warn you where not to go (don’t go to the old smuggler trails).
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Unprotected Girl Airlifted In Fall at High Cliff State Park in Wisconsin

Wisinfo reports an unsecured Wisconsin climber was airlifted after falling 15 to 20 feet at High Cliff State Park. She was treated and released at the hospital.


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Arlington, Virginia, Leads List of Best Walking Cities

The American Podiatric Medical Association has released its list of the county’s 200 most walker friendly cities.
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Mike Gauthier Predicts Great Rainier Climbing Year Despite Lack of Snow

The News Tribune says Rainier Climbing Ranger Mike Gauthier is predicting one of the best years for climbing Rainier.
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