Mississippi Paddling Record, Grand Canyon Crime & More: Adventure News of the Week

Grand Canyon National Park; Photo credit: NPS / M. Quinn.

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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.

COVID: Man charged with violating Grand Canyon COVID protocols with massive hiking group. Last year, as the second wave of the pandemic began to hit the country, social distancing and restricted group meetings remained a priority measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

According to authorities, Joseph Don Mount organized a group of “at least 150 people” from across the country last October to climb the southern rim.

Last week, Mount was tried in a U.S. District Court in Arizona on multiple charges, including violating COVID restrictions, forging a report to authorities, meddling with a government employee, and promoting business in a federal park without authorization.

Mount promoted the hike on a Facebook group and raised more than $ 15,000 from attendees to pay for transportation and accommodation, authorities said.

After Park Ranger told him that his group couldn’t exceed the maximum of 11 people, he bowed from the hike and said to the group, “Remember – nothing will stop you from climbing the Grand Canyon that day. However, now there is a destination on my back and this is the best trail I know of yet to hike [and] do not be bound to any of you. “

Read the full story in the New York Times.

CANOEING. Father-daughter duo leads team to speed record in Mississippi. This morning at 4:53 a.m. local time, 62-year-old KJ Millhone and daughter Casey, 20, along with fellow paddlers Bobby Johnson, 42 and Rod Price, 60, completed the 2,300 mile length of the Mississippi River 17 days, 20 hours.

Once confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records, it will break the 18-year record of 18 days and it will change.

Contact GearJunkie for more information on the pending record.

HIMALAYA: Summit Urges Amid COVID Concerns. The news keeps coming from the highest mountains in the world, in which there is a team of Sherpas Lhotse summit. In the meantime, the teams have withdrawn to Dhaulagiri Snowfall and a possible COVID outbreak.

Finally, Mingma Gyange does one on Everest No-O2 summit thrust. Stay up to date with the ongoing coverage below ExplorersWeb.com.

WILDLIFE: A tenth of California condors end up on a porch. A California woman “twisted the hose” on about a tenth of the California condor population after 15 of the giant birds appeared on her porch. Read more about the shit fiasco in the Adventure Journal.

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