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Yosemite National Park's Half Dome at dusk.     Photo: Dan Parsons/Flickr

Chunk of Half Dome Breaks Loose

Regular Northwest Face is unclimbable

A large section of a classic route up Half Dome fell off and likely left the route unclimbable, Climbing reported Monday.

A team of rock climbers on the Regular Northwest Face route discovered the missing piece of Half Dome, after pitch 11 of the 23-pitch climb, over the weekend. In the route’s current condition, reaching pitch 12 would require a section of unprotected rock climbing. 

“Often, when you see rockfalls coming from underneath a roof at the base of an exfoliation slab, more will follow,” climber and geologist Roger Putnam told Climbing. “ I hope nobody goes up there for quite a while.”


Seattle Area Ice Cave Collapses

Seattle's Big Four Ice Caves are a popular hiking destination.     Photo: CheWei Chang/Flickr

Seattle Area Ice Cave Collapses

1 killed, 5 injured

Warm temperatures caused a partial collapse of the Seattle area’s popular Big Four Ice Caves on Monday, leaving one hiker dead, according to the Seattle Times.

The ice caves are located in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, 70 miles northeast of Seattle, and formed by avalanches off the nearby Big Four Mountain. Unusually warm weather increased the risk of cave collapses in recent months. “As we head into the busiest and warmest part of the season, the cave is in its most dangerous state,” Lead Field Ranger Matthew Riggen said in a Snohomish County press release in May. “The cave is in a condition that we would normally not see until at least September—large, inviting, and collapsing.”

The body of the deceased, who has not been identified, has not been recovered because of dangerous search-and-rescue conditions, the Seattle Times reports. The five injured—three adults and two children—were hospitalized, and one remains in intensive care.

The area will remain closed indefinitely.


UCI Cancels Cyclo-Cross World Cup Event

UCI was unable to secure enough government funding to run the Cyclo-Cross World Cup event.     Photo: musume miyuki/Flickr

UCI Cancels Cyclo-Cross World Cup Event

Due to lack of funding

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) canceled the Cyclo-Cross World Cup event scheduled to take place in Montreal this September, according to a statement published last week on the organization’s website. The international governing body for cycling declared that the UCI and Cycling Canada had failed to reach a comfortable fundraising benchmark.

“Despite final efforts to secure the significant government funding necessary to host a high-level World Cup event, this has not been received in time to comfortably proceed,” the statement reads. “With teams and suppliers needing to plan ahead, it was felt that the decision not to proceed for 2015 had to be made at this time.”

Upcoming 2015–2016 Cyclo-Cross World Cup events include stops in Koksijde, Belgium, in November, and Lignières-en-Berry, France, in January.