The iPhone App guide to Red River Gorge is nearly here. Right now they have a Lite version available if you want to test it out. It’s extremely well featured, and could definitely represent the next level in GPS-enabled climbing guides. You can search for climbs based on difficulty and find routes based on your location. The design looks seamless, but sadly they sell it for more than $.99. The Red River Gorge guide app will be about $30, but at least it includes free updates for two years. Compared to a guidebook, it’s a great deal. Of course, cell phones are more temporal than books, but they’re also more portable and user friendly for this type of application, so it’s a choice you’ll have to make. Excited to see what other areas they’ll put in App form. Check out Climbing Narc for more screenshots and info on the App.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) Elk respond more strongly to threats from humans than from wolves, and they are more likely to flee for protected refuges if there are hunters in the area, a recent study has found. The findings by a team of scientists from Montana State University illustrate one of the difficulties in using hunting to manage elk populations across the West when the ungulates respond very quickly and dramatically to hunters in the area. Read more
LIBERTY LAKE, Wash.- A 20 year-old woman is safe this morning after she became lost for hours during a day hike in Liberty Lake Regional Park. Aleisha Pugh went on the hike Sunday afternoon and couldn’t find her way out. She finally called her brother Sunday night after it started getting dark. Her family then called authorities at around 8:30 Sunday night. Read more
King County residents are reminded to avoid feeding wildlife, keep domestic pets away from wild animals, and be sure their pets’ vaccinations are current, in response to a suspected outbreak of canine distemper in area raccoons. Read more
Fan Qianrong says she has stayed healthy for more than 40 years by eating soil. The 48-year-old resident of the Qingquan village of Shijiazhuang city in China’s Hebei province gathers clods of clay for her dirt diet — and she’s not alone. Read more
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An 11-year-old girl lost for four days deep in a swamp spent the time collecting shells, watching animals and praying until a former member of her church rescued her, her mother said Wednesday. Read more
DARWIN, Australia (AP) — An 11-year-old girl who was pulled underwater while swimming in a Northern Territory creek last year was killed by a crocodile, the coroner confirmed Friday, urging residents to be more aware of the dangers. Read more
Ian Rogers is due to leave Overlake Hospital today following his rescue from a Snoqualmie Pass avalanche Sunday. The 23-year-old Suffolk, England native called for help with his cell phone after a snow mass buried him during a hike along Granite Mountain Lookout Trail. Doctors told him he may have a sprained knee from the accident. He began minor rehabilitation at Overlake before leaving the hospital today. Read more
Favoring the constitutional right to bear arms. Gov. on Friday signed into law a bill making Arizona the third state allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without requiring a permit. The measure takes effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends, which likely puts the effective date in July or August. Read more
I know this has nothing to do with the outdoors. It is from my past. I recommend you pick up a copy of this book not just because I am in it but you will find it to be a very informative read. Implosion At Los Alamos is a frightening exposé that reveals failed security, crime, mismanagement, cover-ups and corruption at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Ground Zero for America’s strongest defense against rogue nations and terroristic entities – at least it should be. Former Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Glenn Walp was hired by “the lab” to investigate crime and lapsed security that plagued the lab post-9/11. Walp uncovered the theft/loss of over $3 million in taxpayer property, including nearly 400 computers that potentially housed nuclear secrets. Certain lab leaders, concerned that public exposure of these and other administrative and criminal debacles could jeopardize the lab’s lucrative government contract, opposed his efforts at every turn.
Notwithstanding, Walp and his two partners remained dauntless, exposing to the world the real and present danger to America’s nuclear secrets. Walp proposes – through well-documented facts – that because of the lab’s failed security throughout the first decade of the 21st century, America and her allies are vulnerable to those who may now be in possession of America’s darkest nuclear weapons secrets. You can click on the link below to order.
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) Health officials say a gray fox found in Roanoke has tested positive for rabies. The Virginia Department of Health said Wednesday the fox may have recently had a litter of pups and was found in the 3600 block of Forest Road. The department says anyone who may have come in contact with the animal should get in touch with the Roanoke City Health Department. Rabies is a fatal, but preventable, disease. To avoid exposure, pets should be vaccinated. People should stay away from wildlife and animal bites and scratches should be reported to doctor’s offices and the local health department.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The U.S. Forest Service wants to use a poison in southern Utah to kill hundreds of nonnative trout so that native fish can be restored. Crews began that work last fall but local officials in the Boulder area raised concerns about the poison’s effect on water quality and biodiversity. In response, the Dixie National Forest is starting an environmental review of the proposal for about eight miles of the east fork of Boulder Creek. If approved, the poisoning could begin later this year. Once the brook trout and other nonnatives are killed, portions of the creek would be stocked with native Colorado River cutthroat trout. State wildlife biologists say the chemical poison proposed for the project has been used for decades without adverse long-term effects.