Men's winner of the 170 km race crosses finish line in Oman
Winner of the 170 km race, Eoin Keith; photo credit: Oman by UTMB

Crossing the Arctic and Running a Desert: 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.

CLIMBING: Gobright Dies in Climbing Accident in Mexico. Brad Gobright, a renowned climber from California, died Wednesday in a simul-rappelling accident in El Potrero Chico, Mexico. You can read the full story and tribute to Gobright here.

ARCTIC: Horn and Ousland Continue to Cross Arctic Ocean. Two polar explorers, Mike Horn and Borge Ousland, after 80 days already on the ice, are continuing in their mission to cross the Arctic Ocean from pole to pole. You can read their latest trip updates here and follow along online.

UTMB Oman: Niwa, Keith Win 170km Run at Oman by UTMB. The UTMB, a popular race established first in the French Alps, just held its second edition in Oman this year. The race consisted of 170km, 130km, and 50km categories.

Kaori Niwa won the women’s 170km race, and Eoin Keith took first for the men’s 170km, with local Omani runner Hamdan Al Khatri finishing a close second. In addition, Romain Olivier took first place for men in the 130km distance while Francesca Canepa took first in the 130km for the women.

SLEDDING: 2-Time Yukon Quest Winner Comments on Sled Dog Racing. A recent opinion piece by Yukon Quest winner and Alaskan John Schandelmeier delves into the subject of sled dogs and all the costs associated with training, feeding, and owning dog teams.

Plus, the piece explores how race participation has evolved over the years. Interested in the topic? Read the full story here.

TOKYO 2020: IFSC Finals Wrap Up in Toulouse, Climbers Qualify for Olympics. Six men and six women qualified for the Olympics after the weekend IFSC finals in Toulouse, France. For the women, Laura Rogora, Julia Chanourdie, Kyra Condie, Yulia Kaplina, Song Yiling, and Mia Krampl received invitations to Tokyo.

For the men, Adam Ondra, Jan Hojer, Alberto Gines Lopez, Nathaniel Coleman, Bassa Mawem, and YueFei Pan qualified. These qualifiers will join the 14 highest-ranked world championship climbers in Tokyo (see below).

Climbers already headed to Tokyo are Tomoa Narasaki, Jakob Schubert, Rishat Khaibullin, Kai Harada, Mickael Mawem, Alexander Megos, Ludovico Fossali, Sean McColl, Janja Garnbret, Akiyo Noguchi, Shauna Coxsey, Aleksandra Miroslaw, Miho Nonaka, Petra Klingler, Brooke Raboutou, and Jessica Pilz.

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee. She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.