Some news and notes from the outdoors…
A new Wichita Mountains climbing trip report
This one, courtesy of the Organic Climber blog, outlines a recent trip down in the Wichitas to do some technical climbing around Voodoo Wall. It looks like the writer’s group battled some of the same elements I faced when I was down there recently. Some pretty good information and photos.
For more on that trip report, check out this website: http://organicclimber.com/?p=975
Rails & Trails program via Amtrak
Want to learn more about the natural world around southern Oklahoma and north Texas? Read this bit of information, courtesy of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area:
Park Superintendent Bruce Noble is pleased to announce the 2010 season for the Trails & Rails program aboard Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer. “Trails & Rails” is a partnership between the National Park Service and Amtrak to provide on-board education programs. The program is coordinated through the Volunteer-In-Parks Program at Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur.
Volunteers act as tour guides and provide Amtrak passengers with information while aboard the Heartland Flyer. Passengers will be introduced to topics including the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Oklahoma and Texas; the history of the area; the geological story of these areas; descriptions of the Oklahoma and Texas landscape and its animals and plants; the economic story; and the role of the railroad in this region. Volunteers board the Heartland Flyer in Norman and are available for information and questions along the route to Fort Worth, Texas, and return. The following dates have been set for the Trails & Rails 2010 season:
Reservations and information on the Heartland Flyer can be made by either calling 1-800-USA-RAIL (872-7245) or www.amtrak.com. More information on the park’s Trails and Rails program can be found at nps.gov/chic/planyourvisit/trails-and-rails-program.htm
Jordan Romero back at Base Camp; summit bid to start soon
Finally, an update from 13-year-old Jordan Romero, who is trying to be the youngest person to ever climb Mount Everest.
The team has done its acclimatization climbs and is back at Base Camp to rest and wait for the weather to cooperate before making the push to the summit. Here’s the latest dispatch, courtesy of jordanromero.com:
The team has descended from the higher camps back to Chinese base camp. We had a great hike back down and this is totally part of the operation and the acclimatization process.
Everyone is in great spirits and doing well. We’ll be down here for a few days resting, eating lots and waiting patiently for our window of opportunity. Some of our Brazilian friends coming up to base camp to meet us and we are excited to see them. Jordan is working on his homework and finishing up some algebra.
At this point, it’s all about the weather.
The next move is the “big one.”
Even though he’s in the Himalayas, he’s still a teen, still having to do his homework. I thought that was an interesting anecdote as this kid attempts to make a little history.