Four skiers were killed in an avalanche at Wilson Glade in Utah's Wasatch range; photo credit: Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department SAR

Record Avalanche Deaths, MN Ski Expedition, and More: 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.

RUN: Pam Reed Becomes Member of 100 100-Miler Club. Three weeks before her 60th birthday, Jackson, Wyo., runner Pam Reed finished her 100th 100-mile race. Her 100th finish came on Feb. 3, 2021, at the Grandmaster Ultras in Arizona.

Her accomplishment includes 14 Wasatch Front 100 finishes and 11 Badwater 135 finishes (making it to the top three each time). She joins 16 other runners in accomplishing the feat.

SNOW: Avalanche Deaths Across U.S. Mark This Week Deadliest in Over 100 Years. It’s been a tragic week in the backcountry, with three multi-death avalanche incidents and several single-skier burials. In Colorado, three Eagle County residents were killed in an avalanche on Monday.

On Thursday, a man who entered Colorado’s backcountry terrain near Vail, identified as Eagle resident John Kuo, died in the East avalanche. And in Utah, four were rescued and four others were killed in the Wilson Basin avalanche on Saturday. A local business has started a GoFundMe for the survivors and victims’ families.

In Alaska, three men were killed in a slide on Bear Mountain near Chugiak. Thomas Devine of Chugiak, 54, Matthew Nyman of Denver, 43, and Edward Watson of Miami, 50, died in that avalanche.

Other avalanche deaths this week include a skier in New Hampshire, a backcountry skier in California, a skier on Square Top Mountain in Utah, and a snowmobiler in Montana — putting the death toll at 15 in a 7-day period.

SKI FOR FIRE: American Skis Across Minnesota in Support of Lakotas From Pine Ridge Reservation. This Sunday, Ty Olson began a monthlong, 250-mile ski expedition along the border of Minnesota. He’ll make the trip alone and unsupported, pulling all his supplies on a sled.

Olson is raising funds for a Native nonprofit, One Spirit’s Wood Program. One Spirit’s wood program is a fund that hires Lakota workers on Pine Ridge to deliver firewood to those in need. Learn more here.

RECORD: Canadian, U.S. Athletes Set Female Bobsled World Record. On Saturday, Lolo Jones and Kaillie Humphries (who previously raced for Canada) made bobsled history, winning the team bobsled title in Altenberg, Germany.

Humphries and Jones finished their four runs over 2 days in 3 minutes 48.26 seconds. Humphries is also now the only four-time women’s bobsled champion.

BRAND: Founder of mountainFLOW Eco Wax Seals Shark Tank Investment of $300K. Peter Arlein of Carbondale, Colo., founded mountainFLOW in 2016.

In the wake of the FIS ban on fluorocarbons in waxes in 2020, mountainFLOW is estimating record sales for the upcoming season. He signed a deal with two “sharks” — Kevin O’Leary and Barbara Corcoran — this weekend.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing 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.