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!
- SNOTEL Data: The Current Western US Snowpack – SWE % Of Normal – December 1, 2017 – MountainJourney.com – How’s the snow stacking up in your favorite playground? Or is it time for a early season skiing road trip?
- Avalanche Kills Mountaineer On Carja Peak In Parang Mountains In Romania – MountainJourney.com – Sad news from Romania…
- Senate Votes To Open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge To Oil Drilling – UnofficialNetworks.com – Attached to the latest tax bill was a measure to open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
- Trump To Slash Utah National Monuments – Adventure-Journal.com – Leaked documents show that Trump plans to cut the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase.
- Sherpa Stripped of Everest Speed Record by Nepali Supreme Court – TheAdventureBlog.BlogSpot.com – Pemba Dorje Sherpa can no longer claim the fastest summit of Everest with a time of 8 hours, 10 minutes set in May 21, 2004
- The Best Photography In Skiing – Powder.com – Because everyone loves a good ski photo.
- One Dead, One Missing In Avalanche On Pietrosu Peak In Calimani Mountains In Romania – MountainJourney.com – Sad news from Romania…
- The North Face Presents Ushba – MountainJourney.com – Can this crew of skiers make the first descent of the north face of Ushba?
- Durango Woman Sues Silverton Mountain After Falling From Chairlift Platform – DurangoHerald.com – Thoughts?
- Authorities Describe Rescues On Mexico’s Highest Peak, Pico De Orizaba – DenverPost.com – Sad news for Orizaba…
- Climbers Caught By Two Avalanches On Aonach More, Says SAIS Report – BBC.com – Close calls in Scotland.
- What Avalanche Course Should I Take? Sorting Through The New Paradigm Of Avalanche Education – BackcountryAccess.com – In case you’re confused, here’s what you need to know about avalanche education.
- Recall: Made-in-USA Carabiner Can ‘Break While In Use’ – GearJunkie.com – Share this recall with all of your friends.
- Ibex Will Cease Operations In February – SNewsNet.com – Ibex is called it quits. Get your merino now.
- Mountaineering In New Zealand, New Route On Mount Cook – PlanetMountain.com – Congrats to Ben Dare on his new route on the south face of Aoraki!
- Upgrade Your Avalanche Safety: ORTOVOX Offers Cash for Old Beacons – GearJunkie.com – Cash? There’s never been a better reason to upgrade your beacon.
- Phungi Peak, A Great First Ascent Himalaya For Koshelenko and Lonchinskii – PlanetMountain.com – Congrats to Yury Koshelenko and Aleksei Lonchinskii!
Did we miss any backcountry news? Tell us in the comments below. Have an awesome week!