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Boy Shows Why 'Adventure' Really Is His Middle Name
Story of Boy, 8, 'Climbing'
El Capitan Raises Eyebrows
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Story of Boy, 8, 'Climbing' El Capitan Raises Eyebrows

Experts say Sam Baker didn't technically 'climb' California rock formation

(Newser) - Update: Some veteran rock climbers are speaking out after Sam Adventure Baker's ascent of El Capitan made headlines last week, the Daily Beast reports. Experts tell the San Francisco Chronicle that the 8-year-old and his father used a technique known as "jugging," in which they used ascenders—...

Climber Breaks Nearly Every Major Bone in Fall, Survives

New Zealand's Anna Parsons is recuperating after terrifying 80-foot plunge on Half Dome

(Newser) - Anna Parsons and her climbing partner, Jack Evans, had exciting plans before they headed from their native New Zealand to foreign exchange programs in Canada: The pair, who'd met as marine science students at the University of Otago, were going to fly to the US, then scale some rocks...

Thousands Ordered Out of Homes as Fire Nears Yosemite
Crews Can't
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Crews Can't Contain Fire Near Yosemite

Blaze burns out of control in high heat, low humidity

(Newser) - Update: The wildfire raging near Yosemite National Park, which has become one of California's biggest of the year, remains out of control. And officials said the forecast for Sunday is not encouraging, the AP reports. "Today the weather is expected to remain hot with minimum humidity between 5...

Wildfire Threatens Yosemite's Iconic Giant Sequoias

Out-of-control blaze burns near Mariposa Grove in national park

(Newser) - The largest grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park is under threat by a growing wildfire. More than 500 of the iconic trees were threatened in the Mariposa Grove, though as of Saturday there were no reports of severe damage to any named trees, including the 3,000-year-old Grizzly...

Graffiti Artists Hit Yet Another National Park

This time, dozens of sites were vandalized with spray paint at California's Yosemite

(Newser) - If you visited Yosemite National Park in mid-May, you may be of assistance to the National Park Service in nabbing some vandals. In a Sunday Facebook post , park officials showed images of rocks along the Yosemite Falls Trail covered in blue and white spray paint, some of them with the...

His Climb of El Capitan Is Legendary. Now His Mom's Is Too

Alex Honnold's mother, Dierdre Wolownick, is the oldest woman to ascend Yosemite peak

(Newser) - "Alex didn't think I could do it." That was Dierdre Wolownick yesterday, in a blog post describing her latest feat—climbing El Capitan at the age of 70. As for Alex, who is he, and why does Wolownick care what he thinks? He's professional rock-climber Alex...

30 Years After First Visit, She Is Saddened by Yosemite
In 30 Years, a 'Devastating'
Decline at Yosemite
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In 30 Years, a 'Devastating' Decline at Yosemite

Susannah Meadows returns for the first time since her youth

(Newser) - When Susannah Meadows interned as a park ranger at Yosemite National Park in 1993, the rushing Merced River was so loud she had to close her window before making a phone call. On a return trip this year, her first since that internship, she found the same river to be...

Tragic End to Search for Distance Runner

Fred Zalokar found dead in Yosemite National Park

(Newser) - After decades as an endurance athlete, Fred Zalokar's final journey was in Yosemite National Park. The 61-year-old, who was well known in the world of endurance sports, was found dead Tuesday, two days after he was reported missing, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The Reno resident had planned an...

Ranger Shares Heartbreaking Image of Grieving Mama Bear

Hours after crash, it was still calling to dead cub

(Newser) - A ranger at Yosemite National Park has shared a heartbreaking story of a bear encounter—and a plea for motorists to slow down. In a Facebook post, the ranger says they received an all too common report of "Bear hit by vehicle, dead on the side of the road,...

Heat to Reach Yosemite This Weekend

Hikers will be facing temperatures of 100 degrees or so

(Newser) - As a heat wave settles in on the West Coast this weekend, Yosemite National Park might sound like an attractive escape. But temperatures at Yosemite are expected to hit 100 or 111 degrees over the weekend, SFGate reports. "Because there's a lot of exposed granite in the park...

Yosemite Climber Survived a Huge Fall, With Consequences

Josh Ourada dug in his heels so hard one 'disintegrated in parts'

(Newser) - Climber Josh Ourada fell almost 200 feet in Yosemite without dying. But that's not to say there weren't serious consequences. The 31-year-old talks to Outside Online about the April 10, 2021, fall—what preceded it, what he was thinking of as he plummeted, and what he's dealing...

They Walked 2.8K Feet—While 1.6K Feet in the Air

Brothers lead group that sets California highline record in Yosemite

(Newser) - Earlier this month, a group of 20 adventurers set a record for the longest highline ever to be walked in California. What that means: They walked 2,800 feet—while 1,600 feet in the air, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Bay Area brothers Moises and Daniel Monterrubio led the...

Brothers Set Yosemite Record, Get Gorgeous Views

Moises and Daniel Monterrubio walk a 2,800-foot highline

(Newser) - Two brothers from San Francisco say they have set a record for the longest highline ever walked in both Yosemite National Park and California, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Earlier this month, they and a group of friends spent nearly a week stringing a single, 2,800-foot-long line from Taft...

This Is How to Right the Wrongs Done to Native Americans

David Treuer makes the case that our National Parks should be given to them

(Newser) - David Treuer's piece for the Atlantic is peppered with so many bold lines it's hard to whittle down which to share. But this is a strong one: "The American West began with war but concluded with parks." In his lengthy piece, Treuer, himself a Native American...

They Skied, Rappeled Down 'Death Slabs' for a Half Dome First

Jason Torlano, Zach Milligan seem to be first ones to ski entire 4.8K feet from peak to Yosemite Valley

(Newser) - Two skiers navigated a thin layer of snow with no margin for error down the precipitous shoulder of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park and alternately skied and rappelled back to the valley floor in an unusually daring feat, per the AP . Jason Torlano, 45, and Zach Milligan, 40, completed...

Hiker Was 'All Smiles' Before Tragic Yosemite Death

Alice Yu Xie was found dead at base of waterfall

(Newser) - California woman Anna Horn may have been the last person to see Alice Yu Xie before her death in Yosemite National Park earlier this month, and she believes her death was a tragic accident. The 41-year-old's body was found at the base of Upper Yosemite Fall on Jan. 16....

Missing Yosemite Hiker Is Found Dead

'Alice' Yu Xie, 41, found dead on Jan. 16 in Yosemite National Park after ill-fated hike

(Newser) - A hiker who went missing at Yosemite National Park earlier this month has been found dead. National Park Service officials say the body of "Alice" Yu Xie, 41, was found Jan. 16 at the base of Upper Yosemite Fall, per KCRA . KTLA reports that Xie had traveled to the...

She Was Badly Hurt in Her Last Shot at El Capitan. Now, Success

Emily Harrington becomes first woman to free-climb Yosemite rock formation in less than 24 hours

(Newser) - Last November, Emily Harrington got banged up pretty badly after she fell from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, in an attempt to become the first woman to free-climb the rock formation in less than 24 hours following the tough "Golden Gate" route. Better news this time around: The...

Smoke Forces Yosemite's Closure
Smoke Forces
Yosemite's Closure

Smoke Forces Yosemite's Closure

Hazardous air expected for several days

(Newser) - Yosemite National Park has been closed indefinitely as smoke from wildfires turns the air into a polluted mess. An air quality monitor run by the federal government showed a pollution score of 681 in the park on Thursday, per the Los Angeles Times . Hazardous air is anything scoring above 300....

Yosemite Can't Catch a Break
Yosemite Can't Catch a Break

Yosemite Can't Catch a Break

COVID-19, hazardous air quality, and rattlesnakes

(Newser) - Bad things come in threes, at least as far as one national park is concerned. In addition to COVID's impact and hazardous air quality due to the approach of wildfires on its southern edge, Yosemite is dealing with a "noticeable uptick" in rattlesnake bites, per park officials . Two...

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