While most Americans might recognize a picture of George Wendt as the guy who played Norm on the TV show Cheers, outdoor enthusiasts knew another George Wendt: as a whitewater pioneer, and the founder of river company O.A.R.S. Wendt passed away July 9, 2016 in his 70s in California, after a luminous career in the outdoors.
Parks in the News
Firefighters on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park contending with gusting winds on Sunday were hoping existing roads and natural features would help them gain control over a lightning-sparked wildfire that made a four-and-a-half-mile run the day before.
Outside Magazine, in the daily ritual of feeding social media channels, reached back two years for a cool nighttime photograph from Arches National Park that, unfortunately, inadvertently promoted camping in an area of the park that is off-limits to camping.
Artifacts from the 1962 escape from Alcatraz – including sharpened spoon handles, one of the fake cell vent covers, and a vest the cons used to float away – are among the items that will be on display during an open house this weekend at California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
As Canadians today celebrate the country’s annual Parks Day, a watchdog group is questioning whether conservation, the mandated “first priority” of the Parks Canada Agency, has taken a back seat to increased visitation and revenue generation.
The Chicken Strip, a remote backcountry airstrip in Death Valley National Park, is temporarily closed due to washouts in the runway.
In its rush Thursday to take the rest of the summer off, Congress left behind a pile of unfinished work, some of which reaches into the National Park System. There's the Interior appropriations bill, which would roll back some environmental protections, and a controversial Public Lands Initiative for Utah that quickly drew fire. And then there's the draft platform for the Republican Convention, which holds freight aimed at fleecing federal lands and tying presidents' hands.
Too few dollars and too many needs at Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri means it will be some time before Big Spring Lodge and Cabins fully reopens for guests, according to the National Park Service.
In the days of Fort Yellowstone (1886-1918), drinking was not permitted on any military grounds. Violation of this rule could result in fines or imprisonment, though not for more than a year. Additionally, if a soldier was found drunk at his post, he could have been punished by depriving him of passes to visit Gardiner, the nearest town, for a month. As a result of these rules, records and stories seem to indicate that many army soldiers would make the walk from Fort Yellowstone, located at Mammoth Hot Springs, to Gardiner for a drink and some company.
A wildfire ignited on Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim by a lightning strike in late June continues to grow, and at more than 3,000 acres has forced the closure of the Point Imperial Road and a number of trails on the rim.