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'Stop the Genocide' Banner Unfurled on El Capitan

Climbers With Palestine group says of Yosemite protest: 'We need to stop killing people, today'

(Newser) - Pro-Palestinian protests over the Israel-Hamas war that have proliferated on college campuses have now made their way into the national parks. SFGate reports that four climbers stopped partway up Yosemite's El Capitan on Monday—not to rest, but to unfurl a 25-by-15-foot banner in the colors of the Palestinian...

Well-Known Rock Climber 'Lured' Victims to Yosemite: Prosecutors

Charles Barrett sentenced in sexual assault case

(Newser) - A professional rock climber accused of luring victims to California's Yosemite National Park and sexually assaulting them has been sentenced to life in prison. Charles Barrett, 40, was convicted of assaulting just one woman, but other women testified at his trial about similar allegations. On Tuesday, he was sentenced...

Yosemite Rangers Start Debate Over Cairns

They encourage people to knock them down, but others say not too fast

(Newser) - As public service announcements go, it's on the fun side: Yosemite National Park posted a video of someone knocking over a stacked pile of rocks—a cairn—and encouraged visitors who come across them to do the same, reports SFGate . Why? Yosemite rangers say these structures violate leave-no-trace principles....

100-Plus Homes Were Destroyed. Now, an Arrest

Edward Wackerman, 71, is suspected of setting devastating blaze in Mariposa County, California

(Newser) - An elderly man who lives near Yosemite National Park has been arrested after a forest fire there last year destroyed more than 125 homes. The AP reports that Edward Wackerman of Mariposa was taken into custody Friday, suspected of setting last summer's Oak Fire that burned nearly 20,000...

In California's Sierra Nevada, an 'Exciting' Rare Find

For only 2nd time since early 1920s, a wolverine is spotted wandering the Golden State

(Newser) - A mystery creature that's been spotted in recent weeks wandering the Eastern Sierra in California has been identified, and wildlife officials are marveling. NBC News reports that on Thursday, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the animal is a lone rare wolverine, seen once last month in...

Iowa Braces for Flooding, and Yosemite Closes Down

Warmer temperatures are causing flood threats across the US after a strong winter

(Newser) - Parts of the US endured a fierce winter with heavy snow. Now that temperatures are warming up and snowpacks are melting, the second part of that double whammy is here—flooding.
  • Yosemite: NPR reports that Yosemite National Park will close from Friday through at least May 3 because of flooding.

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

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
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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...

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