June 21, 2011
Rioters in Vancouver

Rioters in Vancouver     Photo: Andy Liang/flickr

Rioting Biker Loses Sponsors

Cameras catch Alex Pro in Vancouver

Professional mountain biker Alex "Pro" Prochazka is in hot water after posing next to a burning car last Wednesday during post-hockey riots in Vancouver, Canada. Pro, wearing a T-shirt by Oakley—one of his sponsors—was photographed tipping a car and then celebrating as it burned. The riots came in the wake of a Vancouver Cancuks' loss to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals. Thousands of people turned out, causing major damage throughout downtown Vancouver and putting 160 in the hospital, 12 with stab wounds. Target, one of Alex Pro's other backers, has removed him from its list of sponsored athletes. It looks like Oakley will, too. "We are currently reviewing our relationship with Alex Pro & will be taking actions to see that Alex becomes aware that we do not accept behavior like this from any of our athletes or spokesperson(s)," the company wrote on its Facebook page. “I didn’t go there for the riot," Pro told the Vancouver Sun, "I went for the hockey game and got caught up in the hysteria of it afterwards.”

Read more at NBC Sports


GriGri 2 belay device

GriGri 2 belay device     Photo: Nathan Weber/Wikimedia Commons

Popular Climbing Tool Recalled

Petzl recalls GriGri 2 after scares

French climbing equipment manufacturer Petzl announced yesterday that it would recall its popular GriGri 2 belay tool after receiving reports of a potentially dangerous failure of the device's autolocking system. The company found that applying excessive force to the GriGri 2's brake handle caused damage to the device's internal cam apparatus, preventing it from catching a climber during a fall. Petzl, whose original GriGri has long been standard equipment for sport climbers, has had a number of scares with its gear over the past several months. In February, the company announced that it had found dangerously shoddy Chinese knockoffs of four of its products circulating in the market; last month, reports surfaced of a different malfunction with the GriGri 2 that allowed a rope to jam behind the device's cam.

Read more at Climbing Narc


Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon     Photo: John Loo/Flickr

Grand Canyon Mining Ban Extended

Six-month moratorium in place

On Monday, the federal government extended a moratorium on new uranium mining claims in a one-million-acre area around the Grand Canyon. Regulators established the extension, set to last six months, to allow the government more time to review ongoing studies of potential environmental harm to the region. Specifically, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar raised concerns that uranium deposits around Grand Canyon National Park could affect water quality and tourism. "When you think about the millions of jobs that are created across America through our natural wonders, as well as through other aspects of our heritage [and] tourism, that ought to be what carries the day," he said. Local and state officials, and environmental activists, have demanded a 20-year moratorium, which Salazar favors in the event of more scientific information. The new extension comes as a two-year moratorium instituted in 2009 was set to expire.

Read more at The New York Times.


Bald eagle in flight

    Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Flickr

Eagle Drops Deer on Power Line

The lights go out across East Missoula

On the same day newswires reported the Supreme Court's decision to restrict regulation of greenhouse gases to the federal government alone, the blogsphere buzzed about a bald eagle that dropped a fawn on a power line in East Missoula, knocking out power. The incident occured last Wednesday, causing 30-minute a outage across the city. An electrical worker found and removed the carcass, and NorthWest Energy officials confirmed that the deer was, indeed, responsible. Lee Bridges, of East Missoula, says she photographed an eagle earlier that morning near her house on the Clark Fork River, which likely explains how the deer got so high up. Bald eagles are often three feet long and boast a wing span of between six and eight feet. As one of the world's largest raptors, they kill prey with massive talons and eat fish, waterfowl, and small-to-medium-sized mammals, apparently including young deer.

Read more at The Goat



Byliner.com     Photo: Byliner/byliner.com

World's Greatest Magazine Stories

Byliner.com becomes the Pandora of long reads

Since you're visiting OutsideOnline.com, chances are high that you have at least a passing interest in well-crafted stories. If so, then you'll likely find today's re-launch of byliner.com thrilling. The site is co-founded and edited by former Outside editor Mark Bryant, and includes more than 500 stories by Outside legends, including contributions from Mary Roach, William Vollmann, Bob Shacochis, Andrew Tilin, and Tim Cahill, among 30,000 other essays and articles from The Atlantic, Harpers, and The New Yorker (and many, many more publications). The site is searchable by author and topic, and builds personalized recommendations based on which stories you read. That makes it the first website to attempt to catalogue and promote the best non-fiction writing. In that sense, Byliner is good both for Outside and for the writers who make Outside happen. But it is especially wonderful for anybody who enjoys reading.

Read more at Business Insider


Rio Baker, Chile

Rio Baker, Chile     Photo: Michael Hansen

Court Halts Chilean Dam Project

Is it enough to save Patagonia?

An appeals court in Chile has suspended plans to move ahead with the HidroAysen project, the widely criticized $3.2 billion plan to build five large dams in Patagonia. Last month, regulators approved the project, leading to weeks of demonstration in Santiago, the Chilean capital. Lawerys for opposition environmental groups have argued that last month's ruling was incomplete, and on Monday the court agreed. A representative for the project has called the ruling a formality, but opponents believe it is a sign that political pressure in favor of construction is waning. The dams would generate an estimated 2,750 megawatts of energy, considered critical to the Chile economy as the country faces a looming energy crisis. But as Patrick Symmes detailed for Outside last year, it would also disfigure a vast section of Patagonia, one of the last untouched regions in South America.

Read more at The New York Times