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Adventure News of the Week: Everesting Record Shattered, Virtual IRONMAN, and More

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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.

CYCLING: 26-Year-Old Sets First Sub-7-Hour Everesting Record. Cyclist Sean Gardner set a new Everesting world record riding a 1.1km stretch of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia over 53 laps and just over 72 miles. Everesting — the goal of running, cycling, or walking the equivalent vertical gain of 29,029 feet (elevation of Mt. Everest) — has gained popularity in the wake of global quarantine rules.

Gardner completed his ride with recorded 29,705 feet of climb. His official of time 6:59:38, which, he confirmed to Bicycling magazine, marks the first sub-7-hour execution of the feat. Alberto Contador came close earlier this year with a time of 7 hours 27 minutes.

VIRTUAL: Rouvy Announces Virtual IRONMAN Course. In partnership with IRONMAN, Rouvy — an online virtual reality cycling platform — just released the virtual 112-mile IRONMAN World Championship bike course.

Rouvy presented the new route as part of the IRONMAN VR World Championship Celebration week. Learn how to join the IRONMAN Virtual Club here.

OUTDOOR: The Conservation Alliance Gives $2 Million in Grants to Outdoor Organizations. In 2020, The Conservation Alliance (TCA) sent a total of $950,000 to various organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America.

The funds will “help conservation groups secure new protections for remote wild lands and waters, and acquire close-to-home trails and open spaces.” TCA grantees are collectively working to protect over 53 million acres and 125 river miles. Read more about each grant project here. 

MEDIA: Pocket Media Buys ‘Rock and Ice,’ ‘Trail Runner’ Magazines. Late last week, Boulder-based Pocket Media announced it was acquiring Rock and Ice, Trail Runner, and Gym Climber magazines. The deal will bring the top two climbing magazines in the country together and will run under the name Climbing.

This news comes less than a week after three other prominent outdoor magazines announced they were shutting down.

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