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BULLETIN – Royal Robbins died today – the first man up the face of Half Dome

Royal Robbins in his climbing days

Royal Robbins died today at 82. He was the first man up the face of Half Dome. A super guy – the Babe Ruth of Climbing… and approachable. I filmed an interview at his home in Modesto for a Half Dome app I made. He wrote the forward to my Half Dome book. RIP.

I’ll be at his funeral…as will hundreds of other Yosemite lovers. The world needs more Royals.   Condolences to his wife, Liz.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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Wolverines as search and rescue “dogs”: good idea for YOSAR?

large wolvering

The wolverine is an aggressive hunter

Here’s a story that is very different.  How about training wolverines to perform search and rescue?

Wolverines?   What are they? Wikipedia sez:

It is a stocky and muscular carnivore, more closely resembling a small bear than other mustelids. The wolverine, a solitary animal, has a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size, with the documented ability to kill prey many times larger than itself.

Mustelids??   Whatever.  So are we are going to trust them to help people in distress? Read on.

I saw this article in Outside magazine. Oh, I get it free by trading in American Airlines miles for magazines. I only had 8,000 miles – so I’d never get a free trip and before they expired. AA is clearing their books. I guess. Why not just let them expire?

Anyway, there is a man in Anchorage who takes captive-raised wolverines and trains them. They can smell things (like dinner 20 feet below the snow).Why not sniff out people? From birth they are subjected to “operant conditioning“…do and get a reward. Just like our Yorkie!

A downside: when they mark their territory, they let out a pungent …

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Mountain Biker killed by Grizzly Bear near Glacier National Park in Montana

In California, the last grizzly was killed in the early 1920’s. A century later, we still have one on our state flag! The first whites into Yosemite believed that the Indians who inhabited the Yosemite Valley were called Yo-hemite. Loosely this was thought to mean “they are killers”….. of grizzlies.

Nowadays, you have to visit a zoo or head north to Montana, Wyoming or Alaska to see one. Yes, they are huge and aggressive. Brad Treat found out the hard way and is no longer around to tell about it.

Over a week ago, he was riding his mountain bike with a buddy in an area just south of Glacier National Park in Montana. They were off-road in”bear country,” when he was knocked off his bike by a large bear. His friend went for help, to no avail.

Glacier is home to many bears and attacks are not that rare. Over a decade ago, I did a bike tour through the park. We peddled the Road to the Sun – a 30-mile uphill grind that blew out one of my knees.

We saw plenty of bear warning signs. Stay on the main paved roads and you are safe. Treat, 38, …

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