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Skiing and Snowboarding : Jun 2012

Nik Wallenda Walks High Wire Over Niagara Falls

In the end, the spectacle surrounding Nik Wallenda's high-wire walk over Niagara Falls forced him to change his original plans. He ended up performing the stunt while wearing a safety harness at the request of ABC. On Friday night in prime time, it took Wallenda roughly 30 minutes to walk a third of a mile across a wire dripping with water in one of the most watched border crossings in history.

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Adventure Video of the Week: Kelly Slater Talks Cloudbreak

Yes, the adventure video of the week features Kelly Slater talking.

After the ASP called the third day of the Volcom Fiji Pro on June 8 due to massive conditions, the 11-time champ sat down in the booth to comment on the freesurfing session. He gave his opinion on the ASP's decision to delay the contest, the best rides of the day (Ramon Navarro, Reef McIntosh), and explained why the waves at Cloudbreak were so special. As it turns out, he's pretty talented at talking about surf too.

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This Week's Missing Links, June 16

The stories, videos, and photos I didn't post—until now.

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High up a wall, Yosemite's silverfish greet Alex Honnold. The New York Times

Three-legged gator attacks homeless man at camp, then an attempted murder follows. The Gainesville Sun

A 72-year-old wins The Dipsea. Runner's World

Photos of the world's best surfers at Cloudbreak. Surfer

Alaska man survives horrific bear attack. The New York Daily News

The defacto leader of the barefoot running movement. Outside

Meet skier Aidan Sheahan. Powder

Prince Charles drove the Aston Martin to the beach to catch a few waves. The Daily Mail

Video from inside the tube at Cloudbreak. YouTube

Keeping a mountain-rescue team on its game. The New York Times

Two ocean rowers rescued. Explorer's Web

El Cap sees first all-disabled ascent. Climbing

All of questons you wanted answered about all of the Lance Armstrong and co. doping charges. OK, maybe not all. ESPN

Hunting monsters in the night. Outside

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Honnold and Florine Break Nose Record

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Alex Honnold takes a practice run up El Cap. Photo: Tom Evans/El Cap Report

Alex Honnold and Hans Florine set a new speed record on the Nose of El Capitan on Sunday, climbing the 2,900-foot face in 2:23:51. The pair shattered the old record, set by Dean Potter and Sean Leary in November 2010, besting it by nearly 13 minutes.

In the days prior to their ascent, Honnold and Florine prepared by making several speed laps up the route together. In addition, Honnold notched two notable speed ascents of his own, climbing El Capitan, Mt. Watkins, and Half Dome free in a day with Tommy Caldwell on May 18 and 19, then returning two weeks later to repeat the linkup solo.

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Italy's Other Big Bike Race: The Giro Donne

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The Tour de France and the Giro de Italia are two of the best-known bike races. Even people who don't race—don't even ride bikes—know about them.

There is another Grand Tour that should be just as well known: The Giro Donne. But it's not. The Giro Donne has two factors working against it: it routinely overlaps with the Tour de France, and it's a race for women.

Rapha, a Great Britain-based luxury cycling clothing brand, is attempting to change that. As it develops and promotes its women's cycling clothing line, it's making a film about the history and experience of riding the Giro de Donne. 

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