GJ Week in Review: Climber Bullying, Chain Doping, Grizzly Hunt

A recap of top stories for the week of May 6–12, 2018.

1) Black Diamond Drops Pro Climber for Cyberbullying

Black Diamond dropped climber Joe Kinder after he admitted to running a fake social media account used to make fun of other athletes, including Sasha DiGiulian.

2) Ultralight inReach: Garmin Releases ‘Mini’ Sat-Comm

Off-grid messaging, backcountry navigation, and 24/7 SOS capability: Garmin packs all of inReach’s features into its half-size Mini.

3) Watch: 50-Foot Rooftop Gap on Snow by Mountain Bike

Jumping a 50-foot gap on a mountain bike is terrifying. Put the feat on top of a building during winter, and it’s otherworldly.

4) Monday Bargains: 3 Steals to Start Your Week

Looking for great outdoor gear at an amazing price? Check out these discounts and sales from La Sportiva, Arc’teryx, and Scarpa.

5) Rise of an Icon: Baggies Shorts From Patagonia

Patagonia makes all kinds of super high-tech products. But one of its most iconic is also one of its simplest.

Interspecies surf action in Hawaii; photo by John Russell

6) Stiff Competition: Five Ten Anasazi Pro Climbing Shoe Review

Five Ten reimagines the bouldering shoe with the Anasazi Pro. Created with pro climber Shauna Coxsey, it’s an edging and toe-hooking machine.

7) Snow Flotation: Black Diamond GlideLite 127 First Look

No edges, non-traditional bindings, no ski boots: The Black Diamond GlideLite is a different way to get around in snowy conditions. We tested them during a late Colorado storm to review how the short and wide skis work.

8) Highs and Lows: A Visceral Look at Running 118 Miles Solo

Ultrarunning can be glorious – and brutal. This film follows Rory Bosio as she runs 118 mountainous miles in 50 hours. It offers an intimate look into the limits of human endurance.

9) Forest Service OKs e-Bikes at Mammoth

For the first time, e-bikes will be allowed on U.S. Forest Service land at Mammoth Bike Park in California. Here’s what you need to know.

10) Chain Doping: The Safe, Legal Cycling Performance Enhancer

Chains aren’t sexy – at least in the context of cycling. But maintaining or upgrading your bike chain is an easy way to improve performance.

11) Foot-Mapped Custom Insoles: Superfeet ME3D Review

Superfeet worked with HP to create fully custom, supportive, and flexible insoles. After getting my feet scanned and gait measured, I tested the ME3D insoles on hikes and trail runs.

12) Mount ‘Trumpmore’: Group Plans Massive Melting Ice Sculpture

A Finnish group wants to carve a 115-foot-tall bust of Donald Trump on a glacier, then livestream it melting.

Antarctic iceberg in the snow

13) Photo Contest: Upload ‘Baggies’ Pic to Win

Patagonia is partnering with GearJunkie to promote a new project around its Baggies Shorts, and you can win gear or discounts. We want to see where you’ve taken your Baggies. Upload your photo now!

14) This Badass ‘Vintage’ e-Bike Goes Almost 40 MPH

The Vintage Electric Scrambler S only looks like Steve McQueen’s ride in “The Great Escape.” This two-wheeler might actually make e-bikes cool.

15) Don’t Stack Rocks! YouTuber Rails Against Random Cairns

Stacking rocks can be dangerous. If created irresponsibly, random cairns can lead hikers astray, attract animals, and further humanity’s negative impact on the environment.

16) Screaming Deals: Gear Savings of the Week

Outdoor Research, Mountain Hardwear, SOG, Brooks, and more are on sale this week. Our weekly column finds the best deals from across the web to save you money on outdoors gear.

17) Backcountry Gourmet: 3 Backpacking Recipes That Evoke Trail Envy

Kiss cans goodbye, and don’t even think about touching that mac n’ cheese. These easy-to-follow backpacking recipes will keep your tent mates happy and full.

Sea to Summit Backcountry Gourmet: Jambalaya Recipe

18) GoLite to Relaunch in 2019 With ‘Outletic’ Apparel

With Earth-friendly materials and processes, and a focus on running and yoga outerwear, iconic brand GoLite will relaunch in 2019.

19) 30 Years Later, Around-The-World Jeep Crosses Final Mile

Sand Ship Discovery was an epic around-the-world drive in the early 1980s. But after a political upheaval forced the drivers to skip 1 mile of the trip, the original duo returned this year to complete the ‘final mile.’

20) First Look: SPOT X 2-Way Satellite Messenger

The SPOT X can send and receive messages through satellites from nearly anywhere in the world. We got a beta version in our hands for this first look at the SPOT’s newest satellite communicator.

21) Alex Megos Sends 5.15c With First Ascent of ‘Perfecto Mundo’

Alex Megos joins the climbing elite with the first ascent of Perfecto Mundo, a supposed 5.15c. For five years, nobody had managed to break into that level – until now.

22) New National Monument Goes Before Congress

Spanning some 4,000 acres in east-central Kentucky, Camp Nelson is on the cusp of becoming America’s newest national monument. This follows a recommendation from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

23) How To: Camping With a Dog

Camping is more fun with a dog. Grab a Midori tent from Eureka! and spend the night under the stars, making memories to last a lifetime.

Tips for Camping with Dogs - Eureka Midori Tent

24) 1 Year, 82 Summits: Liv Sansoz Attempts All 4,000-Meter Peaks in Alps

Watch Liv Sansoz attempt an otherworldly feat few people have completed. To speed up the process, she paraglided from mountain to mountain, scaling each from its base.

25) Idaho Approves First Lower 48 Grizzly Hunt in Decades

Idaho approves a “once in a lifetime” grizzly bear hunt – the first such hunt in the lower 48 in decades.

26) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

From next-gen tech to ingenious innovation, our weekly peek at emerging products examines the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

27) Boy Scouts, Mormon Church Split After More Than 100 Years

Following policy shifts within Boy Scouts of America over the last five years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced it will formally end its relationship with the youth program.

28) Roadside Relief: Thule Awning Deploys Quick Shade

A simple hand crank unfurls 8 to 10 feet of shade under the HideAway Awning, preparing you for peak-sun naps or intermittent showers.

29) Everything to Know About Bike Shorts (But You Were Too Afraid to Ask)

New to cycling? We’ve got you covered. Here, we answer all your questions about bike shorts – even the ones you don’t want to ask.

30) Broken Back, Shattered Hip: 100-Mile Run 10 Months Later

In 2016, Adam Campbell fell 100 feet while attempting a traverse of Rogers Pass, British Columbia. He sustained serious injuries, but that didn’t stop him.

31) Fighting Fires, Challenging Norms: Meet the Women of Wildland Firefighting

In 2017, more than 1.1 million firefighters fought some of the most destructive fires in American history. Less than 10 percent of those firefighters were women. This is their story.

32) Free Gear Fridays: Eureka! Midori Two-Person Tent Giveaway

Win a Eureka! Midori two-person tent in this week’s Free Gear Fridays giveaway! Click to enter now.

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