Drone footage from above of lost hiker sheltering in snow

Quarantine Ultra, Drone Rescue: 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: Lazarus Lake Creates Virtual ‘Backyard’ Ultra. Lazarus Lake, the notorious creator of the Barkley Marathons and Big Backyard Ultra, is hosting a new race: the Quarantine Backyard Ultra.

Lake, along with Personal Peak Endurance Coaching, adapted the loop-style, last-man-standing Backyard Ultra to include live video streaming so runners do the race in quarantine. The concept is simple: Run as many 4.167-mile loops for as far as possible, with each loop starting on the hour.

The last human standing (or running, that is) wins. The race began yesterday and has two runners left going on lap 50. You can follow along here.

VIRUS: Outdoor Brands Continue to Pledge Support. Since last week, dozens more brands have pledged to help out in the COVID-19 pandemic, by donating, producing medical equipment in factories, and more.

Recent brands that have pledged support include The North Face, who will be donating $1 million in grants and 60,000 gloves to healthcare professionals and first responders. Read our updated article with supporting brands here.

HIKE: 5-Year-Old Dies on Hike After Mom Leaves for Help. Jaxson Brown, 5, was hiking with his mother, Jennifer Treat, on a trail near their house in Ketchikan, Alaska, when they became lost.

The mom then left him to go for help and became injured. She was found 2 days later up the trail. Brown’s body was discovered the following day by Alaska State Troopers.

SAR: Police Drone Finds Lost Alaskan Hiker After Snowfall. Due to heavy snowfall and harsh weather, a female hiker in Anchorage, Alaska, ended up off the trail. Luckily, she was able to call authorities.

The Anchorage Police Department found her by using a drone equipped with an infrared camera. Read the story here. You can watch the drone rescue video below.

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.