Cyclocross National Championships 2018
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.

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“I don’t think I can do it. I didn’t train hard enough. I don’t feel strong.” Said @timnharrington at 10:30pm 2 nights ago. It was our summit bid on Cayambe (18,996ft) in Ecuador – a trip we had been planning for over a year. My dad had trained for months, hiking up Mount Sanitas with 30 lbs in his pack and grinding on the stair master at the climbing gym. “Dad, it’s 10:30 pm and you just had a cup of coffee and breakfast. What the hell else are you gonna do tonight if you don’t try?” He was massively intimidated. At age 64, he was by far the weakest of the group. The acclimatization hikes were tiring and made his knees ache. He had a hard time sleeping at the hut which was at 15,000ft. He was exhausted. The idea of climbing 4,000 vertical feet in the middle of the night in the rain was nothing short of daunting and seemingly impossible. “Ok I’ll try.” He reluctantly agreed. An hour and a half later, at the toe of the glacier, he said “I think this is the end for me.” “Do you really want to hike down in the middle of the night?” Adrian asked. That was the last time my dad mentioned giving up. Another 8 hours later and he stood on top of Cayambe. It was by far the hardest thing he’d ever done. The deepest he’s ever had to dig. The most proud/scared/emotional day we’ve ever spent together. We all thought he couldn’t do it, especially him. I had been there so many times. In that dark place of self doubt when everything feels impossible and failure is imminent. But that place can be comforting as well because there’s only one thing left to do: try. No strings attached. No expectations. Just try. That’s what he did and it was truly inspiring to witness. Congratulations Dad! I still can’t believe you did it but you did and it was epic and awesome. Thanks for showing us all what’s possible when you just go out there and try 💕 Huge, massive thanks to @christian_llivicura for being a true ⭐️ of a guide, to @adrianballinger for being the most patient boyfriend who ever lived, @lmkennedy for your perpetual positivity and support, and the entire @alpenglowexpeditions crew & team for all the ❤️. You all made the day so special. Now….vamos a la playa 🏝 !

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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
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Mary is based in Denver, Colorado, but frequently travels abroad. 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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