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Woman Rows Atlantic, Ice Hockey Twins Retire: 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.

PADDLE: 21-Year-Old Sets Record, Rows Solo Across Atlantic. Jasmine Harrison, 21, of the U.K. just paddled solo across the Atlantic Ocean, finishing in 70 days, 3 hours, and 48 minutes. She sets the record for the fastest crossing by a woman. Read more stories from her journey here.

SKI: California Resort Invites Healthcare Workers to Ski for Free. Homewood Mountain Resort in California is inviting any and all healthcare workers to claim some sweet turns at the resort — for free.

The “free day” will be Sunday, Feb. 28. “We owe you first tracks — healthcare workers ski free,” the resort wrote onlineThose interested must simply show proof of active employment in the healthcare industry. The first 200 to do so will receive one complimentary lift ticket each.

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'King of the Nile' Kayaker Joins Kokatat Global Paddle Team

Meet 'The King of the Nile' — a role model for budding BIPOC whitewater kayakers and paddlers. Read more…

PRO: Olympic-Winning Ice Hockey Twins Announce Retirement. Gold-medal-winning Olympic ice hockey players Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux announced their retirement from USA Hockey on Feb. 9, 2021.

The twin sisters from Grand Forks, N.D., played in every major International Ice Hockey Federation event from 2009 to 2018 — together. They also went to three Olympics together, bringing home one gold, two silver, six world championship gold medals, and one world championship silver.

APP: AllTrails Hiking App Reaches 1 Million Subscribers Amidst Pandemic. AllTrails just surpassed 1 million paid subscribers for its premium service, AllTrails Pro.

The hiking website and app offer a collection of trail guides and have a global community of over 25 million registered users on all seven continents. AllTrails reported a surge in numbers, with nearly a 130% year-over-year increase since 2019.

FILM: Tune Into the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival This Week. The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival kicked off Friday, Feb. 19, and runs through Feb. 28. Tune in to see three feature films, join workshops and panel discussions, and more. Find tickets and learn more here.

DONATE: Protect Our Winters Hosts ‘Mark McMorris Giveaway.’ The Protect Our Winters Canada chapter has teamed up with pro snowboarder Mark McMorris and Burton, Red Bull, Skullcandy, and Oakley to create the “ultimate prize package” for its latest giveaway.

Prizes include a Burton snowboard signed by McMorris, Oakley goggles, and more. To enter, just make a $20 donation to POW Canada, which guarantees a prize to everyone who donates between Feb. 17 and 27. (GearJunkie is not in any way affiliated with this giveaway.)

The Next Evolution in Layering: Heated Garments
The Next Evolution in Layering: Heated Garments

Layering has evolved considerably over the last century. The latest tech allows you to actively warm your layers on the go — from your phone! Read more…

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Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, CO office. She has a degree in English and Journalism, and been writing professionally for over four years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from 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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