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Adventure News of the Week: History and Tragedy on K2, NRA Bankrupt, and More

Sona Sherpa on the summit of K2; photo credit: Chhang Dawa Sherpa
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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.

MOUNTAINEERING: Summits and Death on K2. Huge news this weekend as a team of 10 Nepali climbers completed the first winter summit of K2! The team set foot on the elusive winter summit at 5 p.m. local time Saturday, checking a huge box for historic climbing firsts.

Sadly, renowned climber Sergi Mingote, also on K2 with another team, died after a fall this weekend. If you’re interested in the goings-on at K2, hop over and check out the reporting at ExplorersWeb, which has been following it closely.

SWIMMING: Woman Swims Record Distance Under Ice. Last week, 40-year-old Yekaterina Nekrasova took the polar bear club to the next level. She swam 279 feet under the ice at Lake Baikal to set a presumed world record. Check out the full story here.

SHOOTING: National Rifle Association Files for Bankruptcy. In a new twist, the National Rifle Association filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday. The firearms lobby now says it will restructure as a Texas nonprofit. The gun-rights group said it’s restructuring “to exit what it believes is a corrupt political and regulatory environment in New York.”

Check out the full story at The Wall Street Journal.

FISHING: A Record Year for Paddlefish on Keystone Lake. An interesting marriage of skill and technology has resulted in a young guide helping clients land multiple world-record paddlefish in a single year.

Jeremiah Mefford, a guide on Keystone Lake in Northeast Oklahoma, guided two world-record catches in 2020. Clients also landed a slew of other big fish, thanks in part to new fish-finding technology. It’s an interesting story told at The Joplin Globe.

CLIMBING: Man Scales 800 Feet Up Skyscraper in Wheelchair. A rock climbing champion who became paralyzed after a car accident 9 years ago, Lai Chi-wai, didn’t slow down.

Over the weekend, he attempted to scale a skyscraper in Hong Kong with ropes while seated in his wheelchair. And while he had to call off the climb due to wind, he succeeded in capturing the attention of the nation. Read about it in The New York Times.

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