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 body of an Idaho airman from a 1942 crash.
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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

Death Valley Record Heat 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 out of the woods. Temperatures through Tuesday are expected to near the same levels. Naturally Death Valley, California, is leading the way with afternoon temperatures in the upper 120s, which is getting close to the national record of 134 degrees set in Death Valley on July 10th, 1913.


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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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