A recap of top stories for the week of Oct. 23 – 29, 2016.
1) Booby Traps Found Before High School MTB Championships
Booby traps were again discovered along a biking trail. This time right before 600 riders were to take the course.
2) ‘Lightsaber’ Flashlight Starts Fire, Cooks Eggs
Start fire, melt plastic, cook eggs. What more could you want from a flashlight?
3) My Trip To India For A ‘Budget’ Hip
When a 40-year-old outdoors athlete requires a hip replacement, he travels from Oregon to India. This is his first-hand experience with the burgeoning world of medical tourism.
4) Arby’s Offers Venison Sandwiches In ‘Hunting States’
Careful Bambi, Arby’s will soon serve deer.
5) No Trees, No Problem: ENO Roadie Hammock Stand Review
Great news dirtbags, Hammock Life no longer requires trees.
6) 20 Top Adventure-Mobiles: Overland Expo East
The coolest adventure-mobiles in North America recently gathered, and our contributor was on hand to document the amazing vehicles of Overland Expo East.
7) Skunklock: Bike Lock Will Make Thieves Puke
Break this lock, and you’ll get a face full of nasty!
8) REI To #OptOutside Again On Black Friday
The giant outdoors retailer will close its doors on Black Friday again in 2016 to give employees and customers a day to play in the outdoors.
9) Stunning Shots: The Arctic Like You’ve Never Seen It
The Arctic is so much more than ice. This amazing video shows the frigid land and water through a unique, inspired lens.
10) Going Broke On Gear? Time To Go Pro!
Land that sponsorship and take your game (and your gear) to the next level.
11) Colorado Hunter Fights Off Bear
‘More people in bear country’ led to the second man vs. bear encounter this month.
12) Pete Kostelnick Breaks Trans-Continental Running Record
The old record for running across North America stood since 1980, but it fell today to Pete Kostelnick.
13) Custom, Made-In-USA Backpack … For Your Dog
Groundbird Gear crafts lightweight backpacking gear for dogs. We put one through 1,000 miles of testing.
14) Review: Tasc ‘Bamboo-Based’ T-Shirt For The Outdoors
In a market with a million T-shirts, a New Orleans brand offers something different.
15) Uphill Trend: Eldora Latest Ski Area Open For Climbing
Alpine touring will be allowed this season on a trial basis, and for a price.
16) The Hardest ‘Problem’ In Rock Climbing
Nalle Hukkataival sent a project 3 1/2 years in the making, titled Burden of Dreams. He suggests a V17 grade (9a), the world’s first.
17) Mountain Safety: Five Critical Mistakes
Watch this half-hour film and learn about five mistakes that lead to danger in the mountains and on the snow.
18) ‘Everest Air’ Chronicles First-Of-Its-Kind Rescue Team
A team of Sherpas works to save lives high on Mount Everest. This first-of-its-kind rescue operation is the subject of new reality TV show, Everest Air.
19) Camp In A Geo Dome: 5 REI Adventures For 2017
These new expeditions offered by REI for 2017 will inspire your travel bug.
20) SOL Bivvy Review: Emergency Night’s Sleep
Packing light or preparing for emergencies, these bivvy sacks make a convenient go-anywhere sleeper.
21) Designer Ride: Custom Bike ‘Makes No Sense’
Plywood and marble wheels?! This one-of-a-kind Specialized racing frame is a tribute to one of the fashion world’s most eccentric icons.
22) ‘Climber Wedding’ Video A Touching Tribute To Love
Love conquers all, even 5.10b. Grab a tissue for this beautiful tribute to everlasting love.
23) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week
Our weekly peek at emerging products examines the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.
24) Wingsuit Crash Caught On Camera
You know that cringing and flinching that happens when you watch a wingsuit rider sail perilously close to cliffs, trees, and obstacles?
25) Watch: Creative Ways To Open A Beer Bottle
Bathtubs, motorcycles, machetes … there’s no limit to creativity when a closed beer bottle needs opening in this pleasant two minute video. Cheers!
26) One Man’s Method: High-Altitude Mountaineering To 5.13 Rock
Adrian Ballinger is one of the most accomplished big-mountain alpinists, ever. Now he’s shifting his focus to try and climb 5.13.
27) Largest Protected Marine Habitat Set Near Antarctica
The world’s largest protected marine habitat was announced today by an international coalition of nations.
28) Patagonia Closes All Stores For Election Day
Patagonia is closing its headquarters, distribution and customer service center, and all U.S. stores on election day.