Weekly Journey Information: Empire State Path Opens, Climbing Legend Dies, and Extra

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

TRAILS: New York finishes work on the 750-Mile Empire State Trail. This weekend, upstate New York officially completed work on its massive local Empire State Trail Network.

“Completion of the trail involved building more than 180 miles of new off-road trails and [linking] 400 miles of existing hiking trails ” reported to Governor Cuomo’s office. The multi-purpose trail stretches from NYC to Canada and attracts millions of hikers, runners, and cyclists each year. The path was reopened to visitors on January 1st.

DEATH: The legendary climber who made the first ascent on El Cap dies. George Whitmore, a member of the first climbing team to conquer Yosemite’s El Capitan, died on January 1st due to complications from COVID-19. He was 89 years old.

Whitmore and two other climbers, Warren Harding and Wayne Merry, climbed El Cap’s The Nose for the first time on November 12, 1958. You can read Gripped.com’s full tribute to Whitmore Here.

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NORDIC: Backcountry becomes official partner of the Nordic Ski Team in the USA. As of last month, Backcountry has been the official online retail store for licensed Nordic clothing from the USA and will sell it all USA Nordic athletes with official backcountry clothing for the 2021 season.

“Backcountry’s strong presence in the US market provides USA Nordic with a solid platform to strengthen and expand our relationship with fans, thanks to greater product variety and the backcountry’s ability to deliver a seamless retail experience,” said Billy Demong, Executive Director of USA Nordic.

Nordic backcountry teamMembers of the USA Nordic Team

USA Nordic’s exclusive backcountry teamwear includes puffies, ski jackets and more. You can find the whole thing Nordic Team Collection here.

HUNTING: South Dakota extends the pheasant hunting season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Park Commission has extended its state’s 2020 pheasant hunting season. “This is in the hope of giving the hunters a chance to clear their time during the pandemic.” reported KELO. The season, which normally ends in December, now runs through January 31st.

MISSING: Friends keep searching for missing Fort Collins wife. Christine Cummings, 32, was last seen in Fort Collins on December 29th. Her black jeep compass is also missing – license plate EOL 263.

Friends and family of Cummings believe she went hiking alone, possibly to Rocky Mountain National Park. Police have not yet launched an official search, but those close to Cummings insist they “don’t believe she is just on a trip or off the grid” and have asked for information through multiple social channels.

Friends ask people in the area to look out in remote locations and at trailheads. If you have information, cCall the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985.


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