John Shrier onewheeling through Canada
Photo credit: Joseph Gulizia

Adventure News of the Week: Iconic Magazines Fold, Record Onewheel Ride

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.

INDUSTRY: Beloved Bike, Powder, Surfer, and Snowboarder Magazines to Shut Down. The four magazines are owned by American Media LLC, which publishes both online and in print.

Staff of Bike and Surfer were told Friday that they are furloughed immediately, while the staff of the snow titles will stay on board until November, according to Adventure Journal. Snowboarder will reportedly keep its online presence running.

Onewheel: Man Rides Onewheel 4,700 km Across Canada for Charity. Onewheeler John Shrier just completed his journey from Montreal, Quebec, to Whistler, British Columbia — a 4,500-plus-km ride over 30 days.

Shrier rode in honor of his friend Cody, who passed away from cancer. The money raised during the ride will go to others fighting cancer. Shrier had three Onewheel units with him, which will all be auctioned off with proceeds going to the GoFundMe.

rider Danny Macaskill catching some air with kid in bike trailer behind him
Banff Mountain Film Festival Announces Virtual Lineup
Banff Centre’s annual Mountain Film Festival goes virtual this year. But there’s still a whole lot of cool films to look forward to. Read more…

UTV: Polaris Creates Women’s Riding Council in Male-Dominated Sport. Polaris, a maker of off-road racing vehicles and UTVs, just announced its women’s riding council, Empowersports. “The Empowersports Women’s Riding Council exists to uplift the passions that fuel women and put forth deliberate efforts for increased representation [and inclusion] of women in powersports,” the press release reads.

Polaris launched its inaugural council with 12 female riders and leaders across the industry.

MASKS: Outdoor Research Partners With ‘Business for America’ to Make Masks for Election. To help support safe voting this election year, Business for America launched Operation Vote Safe. Outdoor Research partnered with the organization to donate 10,000 face masks to Washington and Pennsylvania for distribution across county election offices.

Since early on in the COVID-19 crisis, Outdoor Research has been using its factories to produce N95 masks and other CDC-approved masks for healthcare workers.

Petzl climbing rope recall
Petzl Rope Recall: Brand Asks Consumers to Check for Defect
More than 15,000 Petzl professional safety ropes have been recalled due to a risk of failure, and possible injury. Read more…

RUNNING: 82-Year-Old Man Races Down Notorious Ski Slope On Foot. A daredevil 82-year-old runner, Hubert Zohrer, joined a group of competitors who raced down the legendarily steep gradient of 80% of the Streif on the Hahnenkamm mountain in Kitzbühel, Austria at the third staging of the inov-8 Descent Race.

In this innovative event format, runners raced 350 m down its fearsome slope, negotiating near-vertical blind drops as they went. The Austrian runner took to the slope and ran the first heat in 2 minutes 15 seconds. “It was very steep but great fun,” he said.

Running downhill
82-year-old Austrian Hubert Zohrer races down the Streif; photo credit: Andi Aufschnaiter
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.