Park Roundup: Mountaineer Lodge Snoqualmie Fire, Donald Trump Park, Delicate Arch Climb, Rocky Mountain Reprieve

Here’s the May 13 summary of park news including: Mountaineer Lodge Snoqualmie Fire, Donald Trump Park, Delicate Arch Climb, Rocky Mountain Reprieve.
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Backcountry Accidents in Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, and Utah

Here’s the May 13, 2006 round up of backcountry accidents Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, and Utah.
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2006-02-24 Backcountry Accident Reports on Kilimanjaro, California, Colorado, Hawaii, UK, Utah

Backcountry Accident Reports at February 24, 2006

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Uintas Closed in Fatal Avalanche

About 600 square miles of the Uinta National Forest were closed to the public Tuesday as frequent avalanches continued to hit the area where a snowshoer was lost on Saturday.
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“Lost” Utah Hiker Winds Up in Jail

KSL reports Bryan Butas has wound up in a Utah jail on a charge of insurance fraud following a massive search for him in August when it was reported he was missing on a hiking trip.
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RCMP Hug A Tree And Survive Campaign

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have put up a coloring book urging children to hug a tree to survive — in other words stay in one place until rescuers come.
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Rescuers Wondering Why 11-Year-Old Brennan Hawkins Headed Uphill in Unitas

The four day search for 11-year-old Brennan Hawkins in the Unita Mountains has a lot of people scratching their heads.
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Zion Says 9 1/2 Hour Pine Creek Rescue Was Most Difficult in Memory

Newspapers said Zion National Park Rangers said the 9 1/2 hour rescue in Pine Creek Canyon was one of the most difficult in the park’s history.
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Snowmelt Runoff Closes Zion Narrows Trail But Makes Spectacular Waterfalls

Zion Trails The AP reports Zion National Park is not issuing permits for its popular Narrows Trail because of run off from this season’s heavy snow.
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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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Hypothermia Suspected in 2 Fatalities in Utah Canyon

Arizona Central reports hypothermia is suspected as reason two Brigham Young University students attempt to swim Choprock Canyon and wound up drown at the Egypt Trailhead in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
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Soloist in Fatal Moab Fall

KSL-TV reports Scott Berneau fell 35 feet off a rock ledge while hiking hiking north of the boat docks along the Colorado River in Moab. He had been hiking with friends who had turned back prior to the accident.


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Hiker Rides Avalanche on Utah’s Mount Nebo for 1,000 Feet

The Sun Times reports Mark Thomas rode an avalanche feet first down Mount Nebo for 1,000 feet and survived with minor scratches.


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Avalanche Near Canyons Ski Resort at Park City, Utah

The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News report 3 to 5 people were killed in an avalanche near the Canyons Ski Resort at Park City, Utah. The avalanche broke near a ridgeline above Dutch’s Draw. The avalanche was 500 yards wide at the top and half a mile long and about 30 feet deep at its toe, or stopping point


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2 Climbers Spend 4 Wintry Days Stranded on Zion Cliff

KSL TV reports two experienced were stuck on a 1,500 foot cliff for 4 days in Zion National Park. Rescue efforts were thwarted by bad weather. The climbers were hungry and cold but did not need hospitalization.
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Here’s the NPS Report on the incident:
Zion National Park (UT)
Two Climbers Rescued from Streaked Wall

On Friday, January 7th, climbers Krzysztof Belczynski and Cheryl Seger were rescued from Zion’s Streaked Wall after being stranded there in a winter storm for four days. The two had successfully ascended the Latitudes route, a difficult (5.9, A4+) 1,500-foot overhanging big wall route, reaching the top on January 2nd after an eight-day climb. They began their descent the next day, but chose the wrong route. During the descent, they experienced whiteout conditions and heavy snow, which iced up the steep slickrock slabs they were navigating. They realized that they had gone the wrong way, but were unable to retreat due to terrain and weather. Rangers were notified that the climbers were overdue on January 4th; the storm cleared enough to perform an aerial recon on January 6th. The two climbers were located on steep icy slabs late in the day during a weather window which opened just long enough for rangers to drop them a package containing a radio and food. The climbers called on the radio and reported that they had been without food for three days, were relying on snow melt for water, and were wet and cold. Fortunately, they had brought their portaledge (a device that functions as a “portable ledge” for sleeping, resting, or belaying) along as insurance against bad weather. The National Weather Service predicted clear conditions for the morning of January 7th, but with the proviso that they would deteriorate rapidly by noon. Arrangements were made for Grand Canyon to send a short haul helicopter and crew at first light. The uninjured climbers were extracted by short haul early that morning; the storm, which forecasters said would bring heavy snow and last four days, arrived as scheduled. [Submitted by Kevin Killian, Canyon District Ranger]


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