Return of American Adventure Racing Champions & 5 More Must-See Stories This Week
From inspiring to tragic, “Adventure News of the Week” presents a summary of the main news in the world of exploration and adventure. Here’s what you missed this weekend and a few things to look forward to.
This past weekend marked the return of the annual National Adventure Running Championships, a real test of interdisciplinary athletics. With a course consisting of canoeing, trekking, mountain biking and navigation to more than 50 checkpoints, the USARA National Championship Race took place in the woods of northern Wisconsin.
Teams from across the country took off from the start line at 8 a.m. on Friday for the 30-hour competition. The 2pm cut-off on Saturday meant an effort day and night, with orienteering and mapping being a constant on the course. It required both extreme physical power and demanding navigation skills.
In the end, the WEDALI team came out on top, with its three riders (Justin Bakken, Brian Mayer and Mari Chandler) crossing the course in just under 25 hours of continuous movement. Fun fact: The GearJunkie team have made a solid entry into the race. Out of a total of 55 teams, the GJ team won third place (men’s division) and 13th overall.
To continue, September turns out to be a hell of a month in the world of ultra-endurance. First, runner Becca Jay is trying something crazy – reaching the 14,000-foot Grays Peak six times in 24 hours on September 17th.
Her goal is to climb Grays Peak (14, 270ft) as many times as she can, but she is aiming for at least six laps to the 8 mile summit and over 3,000 feet of gain. “My intention is to relocate to the community while helping restore lands under the stewardship of tribal nations and helping fund environmental protection and healing efforts led by indigenous organizations,” Jay wrote.
This is also the mission of Jay’s racing team, ReNew Earth Running. His attempt is part of his efforts to fundraiser for ReNew Earth. She invites all Colorado runners to join her in raising awareness and fundraising for the adventure. non-profit.
And, yesterday again, Canadian Karen Holland passed the globally (that’s right – men and women) Bruce Trail FKT in Ontario. Holland burned the ultra-trail in 8 days, 22 hours and 51 minutes, crushing record holder Kip Arlidge’s time by over 4 hours. Notably, Hollande also broke the previous women’s record, set by Chantal Demers in 2017, by more than 3 days.
Good news for the powder-hungry crowds: Colorado’s Bluebird Backcountry Ski Area just added twice as much land for its 2021-2022 season.
Specifically, the addition brings four fresh skin uphill trails and 12 downhill trails to the Bear Mountain location, which the company says “covers the entire spectrum from low-angle green / blue trails to extreme ravines. “. More information, including a full list of updated and pass options, is available at Bluebirdbackcountry.com.
And here’s a way to scratch that shoulder season itch: on September 18, Teton Gravity Research will launch “Stoke the Fire,” a showcase of premier league freeskiing and snowboarding feature films. The film will then go on tour in the United States and Europe from September to November. Prepare for the slopes with TGR’s teaser video and consult the official “Program of the “Reaching the fire” tour.
Alex Honnold just can’t stay out of the news. The “Free Solo” star has announced her next (and perhaps most difficult) project yet: parenting. Famous climber and wife, Sanni McCandless, took to social media on their first wedding anniversary with a quintessentially straightforward announcement. The GearJunkie crew congratulate Alex and Sanni on their upcoming arrival. Send it!