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Accomplished Climber Dies, Parks See Record Heat: Adventure News of the Week

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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.

CLIMB: Bishop Climber and Skier Ray Warburton Dies at 59. Ray Warburton, 59, died last week while descending the north couloir on Mount Humphreys in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. Climbers nearby reported that they heard rockfall, which may have struck Warburton, causing his death. His body was recovered by search-and-rescue officials. He is survived by his wife and two children.

GUIDES: 57Hours Publishes Report on Outdoor Guiding in 2020. COVID-19 continues to affect the outdoors world, and a survey this month by app company 57Hours revealed the devastating reality for people who make their living as outdoor guides. Of the 109 international guides surveyed, zero were actively taking clients on trips as of early June.

The survey revealed that 92 percent of guides facilitated their last trip in February or March 2020, and have lost 75 percent or more of all anticipated income and revenue for 2020. Also noted, 74 percent of guides agreed the stay-at-home measures were appropriate at the time. See the full survey results and data here.

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DIVERSITY: Evolv Partners with Pro Climber, Urban Brand to Create Collab Shoe. Evolv’s new Zenist shoe is a collaboration between climber Ashima Shiraishi and the urban brand Brain Dead. All profits from this collab shoe will be donated to organizations that provide marginalized and underrepresented communities access to climbing. The special edition shoe is now available for $160 on pre-order until July 1.

HEAT: Yellowstone, Grand Canyon Parks, and More See Record Temps This Summer. On Friday, a hiker died in Grand Canyon National Park (along the South Kaibab Trail) after overexposure to heat. The temperature in the region that day was 114 degrees, reports indicated. Record temperatures in any national park, but especially those in the western states with less shade, can be a danger. Read here for some of our tips on how to combat hot weather and stay safe.

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