Clara Honsinger pumping her first at finish line at 2018 Cyclocross Nationals
Clara Honsinger at 2018 Cyclocross Nationals; photo credit: A. Yee/Cyclocross Magazine

Search-and-Rescuer Dies, Avalanches Strike: 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.

SAR: A Search-and-Rescue Volunteer Dies on Mt. Baldy During Search. A 52-year-old hiker who was traveling with three other people at Mount Baldy in California disappeared last weekend.

This week, Timothy Staples, 32, a 9-year veteran of SDCSD Search and Rescue, died on the mountain. Staples was one of 126 people working in 23 teams in the search, Fox reported.

HIKERS: 2 Men Hike to Find Missing Wedding Ring. After seeing a Facebook post from a man asking for help finding his missing wedding ring on a mountain, two friends — Tom Gately and Brendan Cheeve — grabbed a metal detector and set out.

The two hiked the 4,000-foot, 10-mile trail on Mount Hancock in New Hampshire. To their (and everyone’s) surprise, they found the ring.

OLYMPICS: Farah Returns to Run 10,000m at the 2020 Olympics. Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah announced his return to track this month to officially train for the 10,000m.

Farah won the Chicago Marathon last year but is moving away from the marathon distance in training. The British athlete has already won gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m runs in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, respectively.

CLIMBER: Emily Harrington Recovers After Fall on El Cap, Climbs 18,000-Foot Peak. Emily Harrington and her dad, Tim Harrington, successfully reached the summit of Mount Cayambe in Ecuador earlier this week.

The 18,000-foot endeavor came just a few weeks after Harrington’s fall on El Capitan. The two had been planning the climb for over a year.

CYCLOCROSS: Honsinger Wins Champs, Ends Katie Compton’s Streak. Clara Honsinger won the U.S. Cyclocross National Championships on Sunday, racing in the women’s elite category. Honsinger’s victory meant beating out 15-time champion Katie Compton.

AVALANCHE: 2 Avalanches Strike in 1 Week, Killing Skier and Snowboarder. On Sunday, December 8, Michelle Lindsay, 29, died after being buried under snow at Diamond Peak in Colorado. Then yesterday, a 45-year-old snowboarder from Salt Lake City died in an avalanche near Canyons Village Resort.

If you’re traveling in the backcountry this winter, remember to check with your local avalanche center for updates and carry safety equipment. Stay safe out there.

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.