workers on barge lowering The Wave Glider surfboard down in the ocean
The Wave Glider; photo credit: University of Washington/San Nguyen

Deadly Avalanche in Austria, Autonomous Surfboard: Adventure News of the Week

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.

RUNNING: Mary Cain Speaks Out Against Nike. Elite runner Mary Cain spoke out this week against former trainer Alberto Salazar, who she said “physically and emotionally abused” her. Nike released a statement promising to investigate the allegations. Read more on the story here and here.

SURF: A Smart ‘Surfboard’ Is Circumnavigating Antarctica. The craft, called the Wave Glider, is part of a scientific project by the University of Washington to measure ocean warming and other atmospheric changes in the Southern Ocean.

The board has sonar, solar, and satellite equipment and will be “surfing” all by itself through the project. You can read more here.

Liquid Robotics' Wave Glider; photo credit: Liquid Robotics.
Liquid Robotics Wave Glider; photo credit: Liquid Robotics

INBOUND AVALANCHE: 2 Snowboarders Die in Avalanche at Opening Day in Solden, Austria. In a tragic accident, two riders died on the mountain in Solden after an avalanche buried them in 3 feet of snow.

The slide occurred on the area’s opening day after a lot of recent fresh snow. The rescue operation involved 60 people, including a manual search team and multiple helicopters. Read the full report here or below.

If It Can Ski, It Can Slide: Avalanches Already Reported in CO
If It Can Ski, It Can Slide: Avalanches Already Reported in CO

If you're heading to the backcountry to score some of Colorado's early-season powder, be mindful. The season's first avalanches have already ripped loose. Read more…

BOYCOTT: Backcountry Issues Apology, Fires Law Firm. Following the public’s reaction to Backcountry suing smaller companies for using the word “backcountry” in their names, CEO Jonathan Nielsen released an apology letter.

Soon after, the company also severed ties with IPLA Legal Advisors, the law firm handling its litigation, and dropped its suit against small company Marquette Backcountry Ski. You can read our full coverage here.

HIKER DEATH: Californian Missing for Days, Dies on a Glacier. Alan Stringer, 40, was hiking in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California when he was reported missing.

The hiker was prepared for a day hike only, so Stringer’s loved ones contacted authorities when he did not return. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search and on November 7 found Stringer deceased at the top of Darwin Glacier. Read more here.

Mary Murphy

Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, CO office. She has a degree in English and Journalism, and been writing professionally for over four years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.