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COVID on Everest, Deadly CO Bear Attack: Adventure News of the Week

With a view of the mountain. Everest; Photo credit: Mary Murphy

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From inspiring to tragic, Adventure News of the Week presents a round-up of the top news in the world of exploration and adventure.

MOUNTAINEERING: Doctor talks about COVID on Everest. Reports of COVID-19 at Mount Everest Base Camp first broke the news on April 23.

But now Dr. Iñigo Soteras, an International Society of Mountain Medicine doctor who is in contact with colleagues at Everest Base Camp, continued to raise the alarm. He claims officials evacuated many people from the camp who later tested positive. read this full story on ExplorersWeb.

BEARS: Obvious bear attack leaves woman dead in Colorado. A 39-year-old Durango resident died over the weekend after an apparent bear attack. Officials said the woman went for a walk with her dogs and did not return. Her boyfriend later found her body. Officials found and killed a sow and two boys near the scene. read this full story on CNN.

RECORD: Endurance athlete breaks world record for loops around Central Park. New York endurance athlete Robbie Belanger completed 16 laps of the park’s 6.1-mile route in 18 hours(There is a time limit on this FKT as Central Park is only open between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m.)

Factor in the FKT’s 5,000 foot cumulative elevation gain (and bathroom breaks) and that FKT will be a strenuous achievement. Belanger broke the record last month – watch a video document his attempt.

CONSERVATION: USFS intervenes when Canyon is “loved to death”. The case of Tensleep Canyon in the Bighorn Mountains being overrun by climbers is an interesting study of resource management. The US Forest Service issued a moratorium on new climbing routes and trails in 2019 and has since drawn up a management plan. These fascinating article in the Adventure Journal delves deep into the subject.

Climbing: Climber survives 150 feet of free solo fall. One man survived a massive fall in Yosemite on April 11. Josh Ourada was in fourth place on the Nutcracker, a 500-foot-5.8-foot on the Yosemite dunghill pillar, when his “foot and / or hand” slipped. He fell to the ground and was later blown out of the air. Read more about the whole terrifying ordeal while climbing.

MOUNTAINEERING: Access closed for 3 Colorado 14ers. Landowners have closed the peaks of three Colorado 14,000-foot peaks due to liability concerns. While the closure is likely to be temporary, a may Article in the Colorado Sun. explains the nuances of maintaining public access to some of Colorado’s crown jewels.

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