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This Week’s Backcountry News – July 4-10, 2016

Do you know what happened in the mountains this week? Here’s a selection of backcountry news, articles, posts, videos, photos, and other cool things that we think you’d like to know about. Enjoy! Two German Mountaineers Caught In Avalanche...Show More Summary

Fan Mountain – 10,307? – Madison Range – Montana

Hiking Fan Mountain Via The SE Ridge in the Madison Range Near Big Sky, Montana Location: Fan Mountain, Madison Range, Montana Type: Peak Rating: Grade II Class 2 Trailhead: Multiple Options Distance: 10 miles + Time: 6 to 10 hours Elevation...Show More Summary

AMGA and OR Present | Rappelling – Throwing Ropes

AMGA and OR’s Climbing Fundamentals Video Series | Rappelling: Throwing Ropes Have you ever made a tangle of your rope when you toss it for a rappel? Dial in these rope throwing techniques to avoid headaches the next time you are rappelling. Show More Summary

1001 Climbing Tips by Andy Kirkpatrick – Book Review

Book Review: 1001 Climbing Tips by Andy Kirkpatrick “Imagine an alien came down to Earth, stuck a probe into a climber’s brain – one who’d been climbing for over thirty years – and then transmogrified the contents into a big book of climbing tips. Show More Summary

Two German Mountaineers Caught In Avalanche On Mount Elbrus | 1 Injured, 1 Presumed Dead

Avalanche On Mount Elbrus Catches Two German Mountaineers – One Injured And One Missing Mount Elbrus, Russia – On July 5, 2016 two German climbers were caught in an avalanche near Garvash Pass on Mount Elbrus in the Kabardino-Balkaria Republic of North Caucasus, Russia. Show More Summary

AMGA and OR Present | Anchors: Replacing Old Webbing

AMGA and OR’s Climbing Fundamentals Video Series | Anchors: Replacing Old Webbing When you’re climbing, don’t rely on old webbing. Instead learn how to properly thread a quicklink to anchor in this video. The American Mountain Guide Association and Outdoor Research teamed up to create a video series focused on rock climbing technique and safety. Show More Summary

Experienced Mountaineer Killed On Finsteraarhorn In Bernese Alps In Switzerland

Retired Teacher Des Rubens Tragically Fell 1000 Feet Into Crevasse While Climbing Finsteraarhorn In Switzerland Finsteraarhorn, Switzerland – In early July 2016, Des Rubens, 64, tragically fell 1000 feet into a glacial crevasse on the 14,022? Finsteraarhorn – the highest peak in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland. Show More Summary

This Week’s Backcountry News – June 27 – July 3, 2016

Do you know what happened in the mountains this week? Here’s a selection of backcountry news, articles, posts, videos, photos, and other cool things that we think you’d like to know about. Enjoy! Mountain Biker Killed By Grizzly Bear...Show More Summary

Rigging A Rappel In The Backcountry | Backcountry Essentials With Joe Vallone

When you’re in the backcountry you need to master certain skills like rigging a rappel. Learn how to do it correctly as your life will depend on it. Watch this short video featuring UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain guide Joe Vallone as he walks you through how to rig a rappel in the backcountry – not how to rappel. Show More Summary

SNOTEL Data: The Current Western US Snowpack – July 1, 2016

It’s summer. The snow has essentially melted away. There may be some lingering turns to be had in north facing couloirs, permanent snowfields, or hidden zones, but for most people it’s time to go climbing, hiking, peak bagging, or mountain biking. Show More Summary

Northwest Avalanche Center Names Scott Schell As New Executive Director

Seattle, WA – On June 30, 2016 the Northwest Avalanche Center announced that Scott Schell will be the new Executive Director of NWAC. Schell was previously the NWAC’s Program Director for the past five years. His new positions begins this month. Show More Summary

Mountain Biker Killed By Grizzly Bear Near Glacier National Park In Montana

US Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Brad Treat Attacked And Killed By Grizzly Bear While Mountain Biking Near Glacier National Park West Glacier, Montana – At around 2 PM on Wednesday, June 29, Brad Treat, 38, was killed by a grizzly...Show More Summary

Chris Davenport Skis The Super C Couloir In Portillo, Chile In Amazing Conditions | GoPro Video

This GoPro Video Shows Why You Need To Add The Super C Couloir To Your Skiing Bucket List Watch GoPro athlete Chris Davenport ski the Super C Couloir in Portillo, Chile in perfect conditions. This really makes us excited to go skiing! If you haven’t planned a trip to South America yet, do it now. Show More Summary

Spearhead Huts Committee Receives Substantial Donation To Build Kees And Claire Hut

The Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation Donates $700K USD To Spearhead Huts Committee Whistler, British Columbia – On Monday, June 27, 2016 the Spearhead Huts Committee announced a donation of $700,000 USD ($915,00 CDN) from the Brenninkmeyer...Show More Summary

AMGA and OR Present | Lowering From A Loaded Belay Plate

AMGA and OR’s Climbing Fundamentals Video Series | Lowering From A Loaded Belay Plate Lowering from a loaded belay plate is a headache. Learn how to release an autoblocking belay device to provide a bit of slack or to lower a climber by rocking the carabiner or redirecting the plate with a sling. Show More Summary

This Week’s Backcountry News – June 20 – 26, 2016

Do you know what happened in the mountains this week? Here’s a selection of backcountry news, articles, posts, videos, photos, and other cool things that we think you’d like to know about. Enjoy! New Zealand IFMGA Guide Killed In Avalanche...Show More Summary

Wolf Attacks Bighorn Sheep On Highway 40 In Kananskis Country, Canada

Motorist Captures Rare Footage Of Lone Wolf Chasing Down And  Killing Bighorn Sheep in Kananaskis Country, Alberta This is truly a National Geographic moment! These motorists caught a rare wolf attack on camera while driving down Highway 40 en route to their campsite for the night in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada. Show More Summary

US Forest Service To Streamline and Modernize Recreation Special Use Permit Process

USFS Outlines Plan To Make Issuing Of Special Use Permits Quick, Efficient, And Easy On June 17, 2016, the US Forest Service announced plans to modernize and streamline the special use permitting process for access to public lands. It...Show More Summary

Italian Pianist Ludovico Einaudi Performs Elegy For The Arctic While Floating In Front Of Wahlenbergbreen Glacier

Watch Ludovico Einaudi’s Historic Arctic Performance Of Elegy For The Arctic Greenpeace joined forces with Italian Composer and Pianist Ludovico Einaudi to create a stunning visual reminder to the world that climate change is real. Last...Show More Summary

Mountaineer Suffers 600-Meter Fatal Fall On Arete de Rochefort On Mont Blanc Massif In French Alps

Jean-François Hagenmuller Dies After 600-Meter Fall NearDent du Géant On The Rochefort Ridge On The Mont Blanc Massif Arete de Rochefort, Mont Blanc – On June 22, 2016 Jean-François Hagenmuller, 57, suffered a 600-meter fatal fall while...Show More Summary

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