holding garmin inreach mini satellite gps communicator
Garmin inReach Mini sat-comm device; photo credit: Julie Ellison

Adventure News of the Week: Appalachian Trail Rescue, Garmin Down

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.

RESCUE: Appalachian Trail Hiker Rescued for Medical Emergency. A 33-year-old visitor from Ohio was hiking a section of the AT in the 100-Mile Wilderness when he began experiencing chest pains, channel WMTW reported. Two search teams were able to find and locate the man and transport him via helicopter to the nearest hospital.

RIDE: 20-Year-Old Bikes 2,000 Miles From Scotland to Greece. Kleon Papadimitriou, an electronic engineering student going to school in Scotland, couldn’t travel home to Greece by plane due to the lockdown. So he decided to ride his bike instead. Papadimitriou started in mid-May and took 7 weeks to travel the 2,000 miles.

RECORD: Ultrarunner Sets New Record Time on UK’s Oldest Trail. Ultramarathon runner Damian Hall, 44, has set a new record time for the 268-mile Pennine Way. Hall set a new FKT of 61 hours 34 minutes, beating the previous record by more than 3 hours, a record actually set less than a week before Hall’s attempt.

The route covered more ascent than Mt. Everest. The inov-8 ambassador also picked up litter along the way, with the help of his pacers and support team.

RACE: Helly Hansen Becomes Official Partner of The Ocean Race. Outdoor apparel and sailing clothing brand Helly Hansen announced it will be the official partner of The Ocean Race.

The Race is a 38,000-mile sailing competition around the world, where teams sail 24 hours a day in an epic battle to reach the finish line first. The race is slated to start in Spain in fall 2022.

GARMIN: Garmin Continues to Combat Reported Cyber Attack. The fitness wearable brand suffered a massive outage last week and has been working to resolve the outage and subsequent issues since. Garmin has confirmed that inReach SOS messaging and user data has not been affected.

Read the latest updates here. Garmin confirmed the outage was due to a ransomware attack.

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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.