Adventure News of the Week: Lael Wilcox’s Latest Feat, Record Lunkers, 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.

KAYAK: 80-Year-Old to Paddle Entire Mississippi River. Navy veteran Stanley Stark has set out to kayak the entire 2,300-mile Mississippi River. It’s the second-largest river in the United States. He started on July 15 and has paddled about 200 miles.

“I figured maybe it would be nice to motivate some of these older people that are kind of sitting on the couch waiting to pass away, and they need to get off the couch,” Stark said, reported WLOX. If he finishes, he’ll set a world record.

DEI: Evolv, Climbing Community Raise Funds for DEI Groups. Evolv partnered with designer Brain Dead and world-renowned climber Ashima Shiraishi to create the Zenist climbing shoe in June.

All presale profits of the shoes (a total of $50,000) have been donated to five organizations that focus on diversity in climbing: Young Women Who Crush (YWWC), Adaptive Climbing Group, OWNYOUR Media, Brown Girls Climb, and Long Beach Rising.

FISH: Utah Department of Wildlife Announces 4 New Record Catches. According to the state wildlife division, four Utahn anglers set new records for the biggest cutthroat trout, golden trout, splake, and crappie. One record was set spearfishing, and the others were catch-and-release.

Outdoor activities, especially hiking and fishing, have become especially popular in the age of social distancing.

BIKE: Lael Wilcox Bikes All of Prince of Wales Island. The bikepacking fanatic and Tour Divide champion has been putting down some serious mileage in 2020. Yesterday, Wilcox finished a 5-day tour of the Prince of Wales Island in the Alaska Panhandle, biking every single major road on the island. The trip was 436 miles of riding in 5 days.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.