April 2005

Access Fund Fights Climbing Ban at Cave Rock

by Tom Markiewicz on April 27, 2005

MountainZone.com reports that the Access Fund is fighting the climbing ban at Cave Rock, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Conservation group to buy Sam Hill climbing area

by Tom Markiewicz on April 27, 2005

The Trust For Public Land is buying a popular central Washington climbing area, the privately owned, 40-acre Sam Hill climbing area.

Carabiner brake rappel

by Tom Markiewicz on April 22, 2005

Chockstone has a pictorial article on the carabiner brake rappel. The also include an alternative method.

Friends of Seneca Work Party

by Tom Markiewicz on April 22, 2005

The Friends of Seneca Work Party will be held this year on April 23 reports the Potomac Mountain Club. They are still looking for volunteers. Update: This event has been canceled with a possible rescheduled date of June 11.

Results of third annual Palouse Climbing Festival

by Tom Markiewicz on April 21, 2005

The University of Idaho Climbing Center recently hosted the third annual Palouse Climbing Festival with 60-70 climbers in attendance including Will Gadd. The University of Idaho claims to have the most comprehensive climbing facility in North America, featuring a 55-foot pillar and a 6,000-foot climbing area.

Everest climber argues Sherpas undervalued

by Tom Markiewicz on April 21, 2005

An Everest climber argues that Sherpas are undervalued for the work they perform and how they put their lives on the line. Though scaling Everest has become a lucrative adventure sport, Apa and other Sherpas, many of whom use their ethnic group as a last name, say they are not getting their fair share of […]

Potomac Paddlesports to hold River Fundraiser

by Tom Markiewicz on April 21, 2005

A fundraiser for the Potomac River is being held on April 23. As two major climbing areas for Washington D.C. residents are on the Potomac (Great Falls and Carderock), this is a great cause to help protect the river. Want to learn more about the challenges facing the Potomac River and what you can do […]

Friends of Yosemite Search and Rescue

by Tom Markiewicz on April 21, 2005

The Yosemite Blog has a post on the Friends of Yosemite Search and Rescue. There’s a good discussion of an incident report from YOSAR. A list of recent rescues can be found here.

The Benefit of Yoga

by Tom Markiewicz on April 20, 2005

Though not a practitioner myself, I know numerous climbers who swear by yoga. This article from beauty-fitness-yoga-source.com covers some of the basics. This should be informational to all of us who haven’t got around to giving yoga a try.

Fred Nicole Adds Two Hueco Testpieces

by Tom Markiewicz on April 20, 2005

Climbing reports that Fred Nicole has completed two new problems at Hueco Tanks. Nicole, who has established three V14 problems at Hueco in a decade of visits to the Texas park, believes both of these new problems are a bit harder. Nicole added that he has put up at least one other new problem elsewhere […]

3rd Annual New River Rendezvous

by Tom Markiewicz on April 19, 2005

The 3rd Annual New River Rendezvous will be held this year on May 20-22 at the New River Gorge in Fayetteville, WV. The Rendezvous is a fun, friendly, down-home three day celebration of climbers, climbing and the New River Gorge. We are presenting a full three-day program that includes comps, clinics, gatherings, dinner, parties, breakfast, […]

First American Expedition to Borkoldoy Mountains

by Tom Markiewicz on April 19, 2005

MountainZone.com reports that the Harvard Mountaineering Club is celebrating its 80th Anniversary by undertaking an expedition to the Borkoldoy Mountains in Kyrgyzstan.