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Buried Treasure and Avalanche Dangers: 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.

BURIED: Snowmobiler Dies Looking for Buried Treasure in Rocky Mountains. The 58-year-old male is the fourth person from Colorado to die looking for the treasure.

In 2010, an antiquities dealer named Forrest Fenn admitted to hiding the loot in a memoir entitled “The Thrill of the Chase.” Read more here.

BIKE: Cycling Event ‘Dirty Kanza’ Announces Virtual Training Camp. A major race in the gravel and cycling communities, the Dirty Kanza is this year hosting a virtual training camp instead.

The camp will consist of live riding sessions, camp activities (like campfire hangouts), live instruction, nutritional tips, and more. The camp will run April 2-5, and the race has been pushed to October 7 due to the current pandemic. Read more here.

TRAILS: Trail Associations Say ‘Hike in Place’ or ‘Go Home.’ This weekend, the Superior Hiking Trail Association instructed people to “hike in place,” as in, only on trails nearby their homes.

Other trail organizations are taking similar action. The Pacific Crest Trail Association is urging thru-hikers to abandon their hikes and go home instead amidst rising concerns for COVID-19.

In the past 2 days, one person died and two have needed rescues on the trail. PCT officials say now is not the time to engage in risky behavior.

SNOW: Another Backcountry User Triggers Avalanche, Is Seriously Injured. Even after several counties across the state of Colorado and other Western states issued restrictions on backcountry travel, people are still recreating in the backcountry.

This weekend, a snowboarder was caught in an avalanche in East Waterfall Canyon, his injuries and status taking critical medical personnel and resources away from efforts to combat coronavirus.

Read the CAIC’s updated guidelines on backcountry use here. And when in doubt, stay home.

RUN: Staycation Races Announces Home Half-Marathon. Encouraging runners to stay home and put down miles in their own backyards, Staycation Races is launching its first-ever Home Race Series on April 25.

For many states, stay-at-home orders will still be in place. So even if you’re engaging in exercise, practice the 6-foot social distancing rule. Races include a half-marathon, 10K, and 5K. Find more info here.

ULTRA: DIY Ultra in Minneapolis. After a 100-mile ultra was canceled this spring, Minnesota runners Aaron Boike and Matt Van Donsel created their own. The non-sanctioned run took place in Minneapolis this past weekend, and the pair hammered the miles out in a loop over 21 hours.

Friends from the local Performance Running Gym supported the run, dubbed the “Mount Kenwood 100 Mile.” Beyond the physical challenge, the pair raised funds for an area nonprofit, PRISM Golden Valley, with supporters donating as they watched the run unfold online.

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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.