Adventure News of the Week: New FKTs, World’s Tallest Climbing Wall

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.

CLIMB: Walltopia Builds World’s Tallest Climbing Wall in Copenhagen. The 80m outdoor wall is built on the outside of a power plant in Denmark. It has five routes of varying grades, each made of four 20m pitches.

CYCLING: Pearl Izumi partners with PeopleForBikes to launch ‘Tour of Inspiration’. For this tour, which begins July 2020, Ride Spot and PeopleForBikes, with the help of Pearl Izumi ambassadors, will choose and share the 21 best rides across the United States. A new round of routes will be revealed each Sunday on the Pearl Izumi blog. You can also find details of the tour on the Ride Spot app, a route-sharing platform.

RUN: 2 Ultrarunners Set Records on Colorado’s Nolan’s 14. Warm and dry weather in Colorado over the last couple of weeks gave two runners great windows to crush one of the toughest FKTs in the country.

Nolan’s 14 crosses 14 mountains over 14,000 feet tall. Joey Campanelli and Sarah Hansel ran the route faster than anyone this month.

CLEANUP: Ocean Voyages Completes Biggest Ocean Cleanup on Record. Although the Ocean Voyages Institute completed the 25-day cleanup expedition in the Pacific Ocean back on June 18, not last week, it’s an example of what hard work can accomplish.

The team removed more than 40 tons of ghost nets and consumer plastic from the Pacific Gyre between California and Hawaii.

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RECORD: Alberto Contador Sets New ‘Everesting’ Record. At 37 years old, retired seven-time Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador shows he still has incredible climbing abilities.

He set a new Everesting record on July 7. He climbed 8,928 m — more than the height of Mount Everest — in 7 hours, 27 minutes, 20 seconds.

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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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