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Death Valley Summer Crossing and More: Adventure News of the Week

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.

RUN: Rookie Wins Pikes Peak Marathon. Despite raging wildfires and COVID-19 (and with some precautions in place), Colorado Springs went ahead with its 64th edition of the marathon race up one of most iconic mountains, the 14,000-foot Pikes Peak.

And the results are in, with a first-time Pikes Peak Marathon runner, Coloradoan Seth J. DeMoor, crossing the finish line first. Brittany Charboneau, the first female finisher, is also from Colorado.

HIKE: First Person Crosses Death Valley Unsupported in Summer by Foot. Think the summer heat is unbearable? Try crossing Death Valley on foot! Roland Banas, of France, took 5 days to cross Death Valley and finished on August 8.

To survive the 5-day ordeal, he pulled a cart that initially weighed about 340 pounds — most of it 29 gallons of water. Check out the full story about the brutal crossing here.

CLIMB: The North Face Celebrates Global Climbing Day. The North Face, along with climbers and athletes worldwide, celebrated Global Climbing Day this past Saturday.

The annual event highlights people around the globe who work to make climbing more inclusive. The North Face donated over $80,000 to various programs (including the brand’s Walls Fund) to help further their efforts.

If you missed it, don’t worry, you can still celebrate by getting out to the crag or supporting your local climbing org.

TRAVEL: American Arrested After Violating Quarantine, Trespassing Through Canada. John Pennington, 40, was traveling by car from Alaska to the lower 48 when he illegally stopped in Banff to visit several tourism sites.

In doing so, he violated Canada’s Quarantine Act and several public health and safety laws. He could be fined up to $750,000 or sentenced to 6 months in jail, the CBC reported.

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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.