Cliff diver Rhiannan Iffland performs a high dive from a hot air balloon in Australia
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Adventure News of the Week: Crampon Cowboys Expedition, Cliff Dive First, and More

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.

EVENT: The Big Gear Show Still On for August, More Brands Join. The newest player in the outdoor industry trade show arena is The Big Gear Show, hosted for the first time this year August 3-5 in Park City, UT. Over 250 brands are taking part in the outdoor show, including big names like Black Diamond, CamelBak, Giro, Osprey, Goal Zero, SCARPA, and more.

CLIMB: Team Sets Off on Grant-Winning Denali South Buttress Climb. The “Crampon Cowboys” team includes Ryan Wichelns (the trip’s leader), Robert Paulsen, Gabe Messercola, and Freddy Romero. The team of four has been planning and training for over 2 years for their historical expedition: to be the first in 25 years to climb Denali’s South Buttress (last climbed in 1996).

The team left on May 5 and should wrap up their expedition during the first week of June.

RECORD: Australian Cliff Diver Sets Record Diving Off Hot Air Balloon. Australia’s cliff-diving champion Rhiannan Iffland dove 18 meters from a hot air balloon over New South Wales’ Lostock Dam earlier this month, as part of Red Bull’s Cliff Diving World Series.

Iffland is now the first person to dive from a moving hot air balloon. Curious about how she pulled off this thrilling feat? Watch Red Bull’s recap film.

BRAND: Leigh Perkins, Founder of Orvis Brand, Dies at 93. Leigh H. Perkins, who took over The Orvis Company in 1965 and built it into an outdoor and angling powerhouse brand, passed away last week at the age of 93.

“We are saddened to announce the passing of Leigh (LHP) Perkins. Leigh fished and hunted more than 250 days a year into his 90s, always leaving the places he loved better for the next generation,” Orvis wrote online. Read his story in the New York Times.

CYCLE: Celebrate National Bike to Work Week. The League of American Bicyclists wants you to celebrate National Bike to Work Month, Week, and Day. Kick it off this week, May 17-23, by biking to work.

Want another way to celebrate? Colorado-based Sun & Ski Sports shop is giving away bike tools, cycling apparel, and more through its Bike to Work Month sweepstakes.

Or, if you live in SoCal, check out Metrolink’s bike month giveaway. Partnering with the Los Angeles County Bike Coalition, Metrolink is giving away an Aventon e-bike

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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.