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From inspirational to tragic, this is GearJunkie’s weekly roundup of the top news in the world of exploration and adventure. Here’s what you missed this week and a few things to look forward to.
The past week has been packed with some of the most important winter sports events. Here are just some of the highlights.
The Ice Climbing World Championship 2022 has started in the Swiss Ice Dome of Saas-Fee over the weekend. The annual gathering brings together only the elite ice climber against the frozen routes, mastering every move with axes and crampons…carefully.
On Friday the speed competition took place, in which Mohsen Beheshti Rad (IRA) and Natalia Savitskaia (RUS) took first place in the men and women respectively. On Saturday, the eagerly awaited lead competition took place, with Ladevant Louna (FRA) and Petra Klinger (SWI) taking home gold medals for both men and women. Watch the lead finale replay below, then move on to the UIAA channel for more.
In the US, professional sled dogs and their mushers prepare for the Idaho Sled Dog Challenge. The Iditarod and Yukon Quest qualifications are broken down into 300 and 100 mile staggered races. Teams of very good boys and girls running in the 300 mile race will line up at the start line on January 31 at 1pm MT. Hundred mile teams will also follow at 1pm MT the following day, February 1st.
Also, the Sled Dog Challenge relies on community donations (both goods and money!) to keep it running. Follow @idahosleddogchallenge and go to idahosleddogchallenge.com store.
Downhill skier and Olympic podium contender Breezy Johnson suffered a season-ending knee injury last week. in one Post from January 25th, Johnson reiterated their withdrawal from the Winter Games 2022, which begin in Beijing on February 4th. “I was given the opportunity to try and compete [the injury],” she explained. “But I don’t think that’s realistic or wise. I could do more damage and I don’t think I’ll do my best.”
The 2022 Millrose Games indoor track and field season hit its peak on Saturday. The series of events drew some of the world’s best runners to the armory of New York City, where beating personal records seemed to be the theme of the day. But the headlining record likely goes to New Zealander and veteran Millrose contestant Nick Willis, who extends a 19-year streak by running the men’s 1-mile race in under 4 minutes (3:59.71 to be exact).
Also noteworthy? Alicia Monson’s appearance a record time in the women’s 3,000m, which she completed in 8:31.62. Her time also put the US Olympian fourth on the US all-time distance performance list.
HE DID IT! @nickwillis breaks four minutes for the mile for the 20th straight year (3:59.71)! pic.twitter.com/tSQXmir6cm
— Chris Chavez (@ChrisChavez) January 29, 2022
Guardianship of 523 acres of redwood woodland along California’s Lost Coast was returned to the Natifive tribes. The preservation group, Save the Redwoods League, purchased the land in July 2020 to donate to the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council. The maneuver is part of the league Forever Forest campaign.
Once called Andersonia West, the InterTribal Council has renamed the area “Tc’ih-Léh-Dûñ,” Sinkyone for “fishing ground,” the league said press release.
Eruption: Avalanche at Cerro Torre hits one of the world’s best climbers
At dawn, an avalanche on Cerro Torre hit Argentine mountain guide Tomas Aguilo and his partner Corrado Pesce from Italy. Pesce is still stranded. Continue reading…