Category Archives: California

Sierra Snowpack Limits 2005 Pacific Crest Trail Completers to 50

The Port Townsend Leader reports that only 50 people completed the 2,658-mile trail Pacific Crest Trail in 2005 thanks largely to heavy snowpack which closed many of the passes in the Sierras.

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Body of 1942 Airman Found Encased in Glacier on Mount Mendel in Kings Canyon National Park

News10 reports climbers near the summit of 13,710-foot Mount Mendel in Kings Canyon National Park found the head and shoulder of a man protruding from the ice at the base of a glacier and it is believed he is the … Continue reading

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Time Magazine Article on Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald’s Whitney Climb

Time Magazine has a short blurb on Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald who got a Grand Jury indictment of Vice President Cheney’s Chief of Staff.

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Soloist on Slab Route on Half Dome is Yosemite’s Sixth Fatality This Season

The AP reports a soloist on Yosemite’s Half Dome was the park’s sixth fatality this season.

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27 Luxury Home Development on Whitney Portal Road

Objections have been raised to a 27-luxury home development on the Whitney Portal Road 4.5 miles west of Lone Pine.

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2 Water Fatalities in Yosemite

NBC San Diego reports two people died in Separate water-related accidents Yosemite National Park last week.

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Fatal Fall on Bishop Peak in California

The Tribune reports Jefferson Adam Bruckner fell between 50 and 80 feet from a ledge on Bishop Peak in California.

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Hiker Swept Over Yosemite’s Vernal Fall

Chintan Chokshi, 24, was swept 300 feet over Yosemite’s Vernal Fall after jumping a fence.

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Scout Group Struck By Lightning on Whitney Climb

The San Francisco Chronicle reports a Scout leader was killed in a lightning strike at 10,500 feet on Mount Whitney.

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Death Valley Temps Approaching Record 134

Accuweather is reporting the heat wave in the Southwest is breaking record high temperatures across the region. In Las Vegas, Nevada, a new record high was set Monday when the mercury topped out at 116 degrees. It may not be … Continue reading

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Sixth Water/Snowmelt Fatality in Sequoia National Park

The AP reports there have been 6 water/snowmelt fatalities in Sequoia National Park following the record snows this winter.

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First Tahoe City Days for thru-hikers on Pacific Crest Trail

Tahoe World reports there was a light turnout for its first annual Tahoe City Trailday for Pacific Crest thru-hikers.

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Yosemite Camps Above 7,000 Will Not Open Because of Snow

The San Francisco Gate reports Yosemite will not open its popular camps above 7,000 this summer because of snow — 12 feet in places.

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Fall on Eighth Pitch of East Buttress on El Capitan

A climber survived a fall on the eight pitch of the East Buttress Route on El Capitan in Yosemite.

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Woman Uses Cell Phone Light to Flag Rescue Helicopter

CBS5 reports Kathy Karlen used a lighted cell phone to flag a rescue helicopter at Shiloh Park near Windsor, California.

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