WA skiers trigger deadly avalanche, Ultrarunner breaks 24-hour record, more must-see stories


A weekly recap of the adventure news. From inspiring to tragic, here are a few of what you missed and a few things to look forward to.

An avalanche killed a skier, a 60-year-old man, and rescued five others on Saturday morning. The incident took place in the Silver Basin backcountry of Crystal Mountain Ski Resort near Seattle. The area had experienced 12 inches of snowfall and summit winds of up to 100 mph since Friday.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, the snowfall started when the group of six attempted to climb the hill. Two witnesses skiing nearby reported the event to Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol. The six skiers wore avalanche beacons, which enabled their rapid rescue by avi first responders.

A official statement published by Crystal Mountain Ski Resort indicates that the Silver Basin area was not open for the season and had not yet experienced routine avalanche mitigation. “Crystal Mountain Ski Patrol reminds backcountry skiers to research uphill travel policies and check avalanche forecasts before heading into the backcountry,” resort officials said.

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Nick Coury set a new 24-hour record for the American men at the Desert Solstice Track Invitational on Sunday. The ultrarunner and the local Phoenix traveled 173.01 miles in time. “He ran almost every lap in under 2 minutes and 10 seconds”, reported iRunFar. Marisa Lizak won first place in the women’s 24-hour division.

The Desert Solstice has a unique format in that runners compete in the 24 hour or 100 mile race. This year’s invitation-only ultramarathon hosted 25 road and trail specialists.

As for the 100 mile race, David Laney took a quick first with 12:34:59 on the clock, and Camille Herron reset her standing US women’s record for the distance, running it in 13:21:51.

A father and son suspected of starting the Caldor fire were charged on Friday by authorities in El Dorado County. According to official complaint filed Thursday By the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, David Scott Smith (66) and Travis Shane Smith (32) face charges of arson and unlawful possession of a gun silencer. Smith faces an additional charge of conversion or illegal manufacture of a machine gun. Both have pleaded not guilty.

The Caldor Fire, which burned from August to October, destroyed 221,835 acres, more than 1,000 structures and forced the evacuation of some 50,000 residents of the Lake Tahoe area, according to NPR. It is the 15th largest fire in the history of the state.

US Olympian and team track cyclist Christina Birch will become the first pro-cyclist to become an astronaut. NASA announced its 2021 class on Dec. 6, which included 10 of the program’s more than 12,000 applicants.

Birch, 11-time national track cycling champion, Pan American double titlist and long Olympic team member, earned her doctorate. in Biological Engineering from MIT while competing. She is only 35 years old.

Christina Birch, 11-time national athletics champion, joins the 2021 NASA class;  (common photos / NASA and Wikipedia)
Christina Birch, 11-time national athletics champion, joins the 2021 NASA class; (common photos / NASA and Wikipedia)

Beware, astro-nerds and night owls: the heaviest meteor shower of the year will reach maximum visibility this week. According to Peter Brown. see this painting of Geminids are a clear view and a clear sky.

Addicted to a new outdoor sport but need a mentor? REI and TINCUP Mountain Whiskey have just opened applications for the “Give It a Shot” program. TINCUP will select over 100 “aspiring outdoor enthusiasts” from across the United States to participate in a group expedition where they will learn skills alongside adventure experts like Emily harrington, Adrien ballinger, Len Necefer, and Cody Townsend.

Apply now until January 10, 2022, at tincupwhiskey.com/giveitashot.


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