Participants compete at Red Bull Last Stand in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA on 8 June, 2019.

Climbing World Cup, Heli Crash Survivor: Weekend’s Top Adventure News

As summer ramps up, the weekends are getting busy with adventures and misadventures both big and small. We are here to catch you up on the news.

One Lucky Guy Survived a Helicopter Crash

A helicopter pilot on an around-the-world adventure crashed into an ice floe in the Canadian Arctic. He lived to tell the tale!

Jana Garnbret Swept the Climbing World Cup; Narasaki Took the Men’s Title

As the Vail Mountain Games gave spectators reason to party in the Colorado mountains, Japanese climber Tomoa Narasaki earned his own victory dance by winning the men’s International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Bouldering World Cup. Slovenia’s Janja Garnbret remained unbeaten by sweeping the 2019 season with six straight wins! Check out the details on Garnet’s epic comp here.

Running Is in Decline?

The IAAF and RunRepeat.com crunched the numbers of 107.9 million race results from more than 70,000 events from 1986 to 2018 to find some fascinating statistical insights about the world’s simplest sport. Check out the fascinating report that includes revelations such as “runners have never been slower” and running numbers have tapered off in recent years.

Eight Presumed Dead Near Nanda Devi

Eight climbers on an unclimbed 6,000m peak near Nanda Devi East are now presumed dead after searchers saw five bodies in avalanche debris. Our condolences go out to the victims’ families and friends. Learn more in this deeper report.

Great Read: The Night Climbers of Islamabad

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims cannot eat or drink during the day. But once night falls, they’re free to break their fasts. For a handful of dedicated rock climbers in Pakistan, nighttime means it’s time to go rock climbing. Check out the awesome story on Deadspin.

Fixed Gear Racers Take on ‘Tulsa Tough

The Saint Francis Tulsa Tough is a wild three-day cycling festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and while it has brought thousands of people to the city to race in criteriums and Gran Fondo races, along with fun family rides, this year it launched a whole new spectacle — the Red Bull Last Stand. An exciting new format, the course consisted of two separate elimination points where the last place rider was taken out of the race until just one rider remained to take the final celebration lap and all of the glory.

Trail Runners Competed in World Championships

Jonathan Albon of Great Britain and Blandine L’Hirondel of France won individual titles at the IAU Trail World Championships in Miranda do Corvo, Portugal, on Saturday. Albon covered the 44km loop course with 2,200 m of ascent in 3:35:35. His finish was 2:13 in front of French runner-up Julien Rancon. Christan Mathys of Switzerland’s took third for the men. L’Hirondel took the women’s field in 4:06:18 — 8:12 ahead of Ruth Croft of New Zealand. Spain’s Sheila Aviles took third.

Babsi Zangerl Sends 5.14c Everything Is Karate

Babsi Zangerl completed the wicked test-piece in California. It’s one hell of an accomplishment and you can read more here. But just check out this photo!

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Editor-in-Chief Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.

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