Outdoor Updates: Climbing world mourns ‘brilliant and talented’ 16-year-old French climber

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Climbing world mourns ‘brilliant and talented’ 16-year-old French climber

A rising star in the climbing world, 16-year-old Luce Douady of France, died on Sunday after falling nearly 500 feet from a cliff while climbing in the Alps. Douady was a standout on the French climbing team. The French Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing called her talent “very promising.” 

Douady won the Youth World Championships in bouldering in Arco, Italy last year and finished fifth at the International Federation of Sport Climbing Boulder World Cup circuit in Vail, Colorado, CNN reports.
“She went as she lived,” her climbing club said in a Facebook post. “Living life to the fullest.” 

There’s two weeks left to submit comments on creating Craggy Wilderness & National Scenic Area 

Comments on the creation of the Craggy Wilderness & National Scenic Area are due to the forest service by June 29. The Craggy-Big Ivy section of North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest is home to the wildest and most important recreation and conservation lands in the East, according to iheartcraggy.org. It holds over 4,000 acres of old-growth forest and at least 44 rare and endangered species and is located just 15 miles from downtown Asheville. 

The expansion is endorsed by the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Partnership and has received more comments supporting permanent protections for Craggy than any other area in the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest. To submit your own comment click here

Hiker dies of cardiac distress in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A hiker from Virginia died on Monday after experiencing a cardiac event while hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Diana Graves, 67, of Chesterfield, Virginia, was hiking on the Abrams Falls Trail with her family around 1 p.m. when she experienced a cardiac event. 

Bystanders immediately performed CPR until park rangers arrived and took over lifesaving measures, but Graves was pronounced dead at the scene.

Photo by: Simon Legner – under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en

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