Jeffery Sanford with his lake trout; photo courtesy of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department

Adventure News of the Week: Missing Hiker Found, Record Trout a Win

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

HIKING: Hiker Found 2 Weeks after Going Missing in Zion National Park. Holly Courtier, a 38-year-old California woman, disappeared into Zion National Park on October 6. Her family reported her missing that day, and park officials had been looking for her since then. On Saturday, search and rescue crews found Courtier within Zion National Park. Park rangers received a “credible tip” from a park visitor that they had seen Courtier within the park. She has been reunited with her family.

FISHING: Record Lake Trout an Environmental Win. Jeffery Sanford set a new lake record when he pulled a 19.36-pound lake trout in the Vermont portion of Lake Champlain. But beyond being large, the fish was notable as it had no scars from sea lampreys. The enormous, unscathed trout heralds the successful long-term efforts to control the parasitic species. Read the full story here.

RUNNING: New 48-Hour Women’s US Record. Marisa Lizak, 41, of Marina del Rey, California, ran a whopping 243.5 miles in 48 hours last week to set the new U.S. record. She beat the old record by a little more than one mile. Read the full story here.

RUNNING: 85-Year-Old Sets New Mile Record. Ian Barnes just gave everyone notching up the years a little more inspiration to stay fit. The 85-year-old from Britain set a new national over-85s’ British mile record on Saturday, October 10, of 8 minutes, 10.40 seconds. Learn more here.

CLIMBING: Nepalis Summit Baruntse. While few foreign expeditions can climb the Himalayas this season, the local Nepal Tourism Recovery Expedition 2020 summited 7,129m Baruntse last week. The seven-member team, led by Dawa Steven Sherpa, left Camp 2 on Thursday and reached the top shortly after noon. Read the full story at ExplorersWeb.

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.