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.
SKI: ‘Goggles for Docs’ Facilitates More Than 25,000 Goggle Donations. A ski resort owner in Massachusetts, Jon Schaefer, started a heroic trend with his idea of giving goggles to healthcare workers to stay protected from COVID-19.
He set up Goggles for Docs to make sure hospitals everywhere were getting what they needed. And in less than 3 weeks, hundreds of hospitals were requesting donations and thousands of people were donating. Skiers have donated more than 25,000 pairs of goggles so far.
HOPE: Swiss Artist Illuminates Matterhorn Peak With Messages of Hope. The iconic Matterhorn peak that borders Switzerland and Italy became a canvas for a pretty amazing piece of art last week.
Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter started the project to transform monuments and landscapes all over the world into temporary works of art with light projections. Read more here.
RACE: American Runner Michael Wardian Wins Backyard Ultra. Last week, we were watching as people across the country and the world took on the ultimate quarantine ultra. Michael Wardian, 45, won the last-man-standing race late Monday evening by completing 63 loops of 4.16 miles, totaling 262 miles.
TRAIL: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy Requests Trail Closure Due to COVID-19. This past week, numerous trail clubs along the popular thru-hiking trail requested that the federal government close all sections of the trail.
FILM: Banff Mountain Film Festival Shares Films for Free During Quarantine. Because the Banff Film Festival worldwide tour (scheduled for April) was canceled, the film committee got creative and decided to share films online instead.
Films include “Speak to Me Softly,” about a climber on Moonlight Buttress, and “Standing Man,” about a cyclist attempting a speed record on the White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park.