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Tour Down Under cyclists 2019; photo credit: Santos Tour Down Under

Rowing Antarctic Seas, Cycling Australia: 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.

CROSSING: Men Make History Rowing Across Antarctic Seas. On Wednesday, six men completed a crossing of the Drake Passage in a 29-foot human-powered rowboat.

The team rowed over 600 nautical miles in freezing temperatures. Read more about the crossing here.

SKI CO: Aspen Skiing Co. Donates Money to Protect Our Winters. Aspen Skiing Co. donated $60,000 to the climate action committee Protect Our Winters last week.

Climate action is one of the main focuses of the Colorado resort company, and one of the most important issues affecting the outdoor community right now.

Skico’s recent contribution was to the POW Action Fund, which works to rally voters to get climate leaders elected.

TOUR: Australia’s Tour Down Under Will Continue Despite Fires. One of the biggest cycling races in South Australia, the Tour Down Under committee announced this week the race will continue as scheduled despite the recent wildfires across the country.

The race stages will be held as planned, between January 16 and 26, unless rider safety is compromised.

ALTA: A Man Found Injured at Utah Ski Area Died. A 37-year-old man died last Thursday at Alta Ski Area in Utah. Ski patrollers found him unresponsive on a black diamond run.

He was transported to a hospital before he died from his injuries. This is the second skier death in Utah this week.

HUNT: Florida to Host Burmese Python Hunt in Everglades. The Burmese python, once an exotic pet, is now an invasive species.

The solution? Florida is hosting a Burmese Python Challenge in the Everglades through January 19, in which hunters are encouraged to kill as many pythons as they can.

Mary Murphy
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Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, CO office. Her outdoor interests span from climbing to landscape photography 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.

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