Category Archives: California

Mountain Lion Stalking Incidents at Lava Beds National Monument in California

The NPS Morning Report says they are investigating mountain lion stalking incidents at Lava Beds National Monument in California.

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Fatal Fall on Santa Ynel Trail in Santa Monica Mountains

The Daily News reports 19-year-old Dallas Mussell died in 200 foot fall down an emankment in the Palisade Highlands in the Santa Monica Mountains. He had gotten separated from his companions as they tried to get to the waterfall on … Continue reading

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USGS Lists 169 Volcanoes That Need to Be Watched

Spatial News reports the USGS has issued it first list of 169 U.S. volcanoes that need to be monitored through its National Volcano Early Warning System (NVEWS) .

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Hiker Airlifted After Being Stranded in Tree in Los Angeles County Landslide

The Pasadena Star News reports a hiker stranded in a tree during a landslide in Easton Canyon was airlifted out after calling 911 with his cell phone.

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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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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 … Continue reading

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Soloist Killed in 1,000 Foot Fall During Wintry Conditions on Mountaineers Route on Whitney

Various sources report Richard Ferrari fell nearly 1000 feet while soloing Mount Whitney’s northwest face via the Mountaineer’s Route in extremely hazardous conditions. It took authorities two days to recover his body. The articles note the Mountaineer’s Route was first … Continue reading

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Highpoint Headline: Wheeler Assumes Command of Whitney

Here’s a highpoint headline from Stars and Stripes: Wheeler assumes command of USS Mount Whitney. Of the course the story is about Capt. C. Ladd Wheeler assuming commander of the new 6th Fleet flagship.

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Hollywood Ending to Night on Mount Baldy

Hollywood is abuzz over the return of Clay Senechal, 23, (son of Designing Women Star Annie Potts) and and screenwriter Jonathan Lempkin, 43, whose credits include “The Devil’s Advocate” and “Lethal Weapon 4″ from white out and ice conditions on … Continue reading

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Whitney, Clingmans, Frissell Most Popular Highpoints on Trails.Com

Trails.com has issued its list of most popular (and presumably most downloaded) trails. The downloaded trails are heavily weighted to the Northeast and the New York City metro area in particular with Breakneck Ridge Trail being #1. You might recall … Continue reading

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Woman Falls 200 Feet On Mount San Goronio in California

The Los Angles Times reports Alissa Sauter, 20, was hospitalized with head trauma, a broken leg and other injuries that occurred midday as she and her father walked down the Vivian Creek Trail on Mt. San Gorgonio. She fell almost … Continue reading

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Solo Climber Does Everything Wrong in Shasta Snow

An AP article in the Mercury-News reports that 46-year-old James Aldrich of Homer, NY, did about everything wrong in an ill-fated Shasta climb. He climbed alone, went even though weather was predicting a big snow storm, didn’t have snowshoes and … Continue reading

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Climber Without Helmet Fatality on Saddle Rock in Joshua Tree

The Press Enterprise reports D’arcy McRae was rock climbing on Saddle Rock in Joshua Tree National Park when he slipped and fell about 50 feet. The safety rope caught but McRae swung into a rock, suffering head and body injuries … Continue reading

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Missing Body Found on Mount Pions in California

Missing Body Found on Mount Pions in California

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