Stargazing in Kenton, Oklahoma – “the darkest place in the world”

The Tulsa World has an article about stargazing at Kenton, Oklahoma, which locals say is the darkest place in the world.
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NY Times Article on Wag Bags Replacing Whitney’s Toilets

Mount Whitney The New York Times has an article on Wag bags replacing the summit toilet on Mount Whitney (and in other wilderness areas).
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Court Blocks Luxury Home Development on Whitney Portal Road

Yubanet reports that the California Court of Appeals on August 27, 2007, issued an order prohibiting development of 27 luxury home on Whitney Portal Road.
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Climbing Mount Rainier 300 Times

The News Tribune reports that Robert Link, 49, of Bend, Oregon, is the latest person to join the 300 Club consisting of people who have climbed Rainier 300 times.
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Mount Rogers/Blue Ridge Mountains #1 Virginia Wonder

InRich.com reports that Mount Roger/Blue Ridge Mountains is the first of Virginia’s Seven Wonders.
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Pine Beetles Devastating Harney Peak

The Rapid City Journal reports that pine mountain pine beetles are devastating Harney Peak. They are attempt to fight the beetles by thinning trees in the area.

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Book About 1967 Tragedy That Killed Seven on Mount McKinley


The Washington Post has a review of “Forever on the Mountain” by James M. Tabor about the 1967 Mount McKinley tragedy that claimed the lives of seven men. The climbing team had come together late and was divided into two factions, which seems to have contributed to the disaster. Joe Wilcox, one of the expedition’s leaders, has shouldered much of the blame through the years, both from fellow team members and others. In this book, Tabor sets out to vindicate him.

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Lightning Fatality at Baxter State Park

Boston.com reports a lightning strike killed 24-year-old Evans Huber of Peak’s Island at the Katahdin Stream campground on August 26 and hurt his brother 18-year-old Emmett Huber.
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Cheaha Fire Under Control After Growing to 400 acres

Al.com reports that the Cheaha Wilderness’ High Falls area is at least 80 percent under control. In four days, firefighters laid about six miles of fire containment lines around the fire.

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Rainier Gets Approval for Improvements

The News Tribune reports that two of six improvement projects at Mount Rainier have been approved.
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1,000 Teams in Hood to Coast Relay

The 26th annual Hood to Coast run from Timberline Line Lodge to the Pacific Ocean at Seaside Oregon starts today. In addition to the 197-mile Hood to Coast run the 124-mile Portland to Coast Walk and High School Challenge is also taking place.
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Mount Rainier Deciding What Do About Trout Swimming on Carbon Road

The Olympian has an article on Mount Rainier discussions about whether to reopen Carbon Road which remains closed after the November 2007 floods.
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Black Mountain is in the Ap-pa-LATCH-a Mountains

The New York Times has an article on the vicinity of Black Mountain. It notes:
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600 Acre Fire in Cheaha Wilderness

Reports indicate there is a 600-acre fire in the Cheaha Wilderness which is already reeling from drought and heat.

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White Mountain Guide Now Online

The New York Times has an article about the 618-page White Mountain Guide now being available online (although you still have to be a member to read it).
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