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Skiing and Snowboarding : Jun 2012

The Worst Bike Theft Ever?

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On Thursday, 53-year-old Polish cancer survivor and double amputee Krzyszof Jarzebski found out his $13,000 custom bike had been stolen from a San Francisco apartment entryway a day before he planned to hand pedal across the United States. The thief drilled a hole in the locked gate of an apartment owned by a priest and nabbed the bike, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

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'Outside' Rides the Rockies

Four riders. Two different paths. One epic journey.

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It's widely known that the Outside sales/marketing team and most of our friends are often labeled as socially active long before we're called physically active. That's not to say we aren't active—but let's say that we maintain a strong balance and leave the real core stuff to our editors. We often hit last call on a powder eve; choose to rally our clients for a beer-based "meeting" versus a morning run; and work to make après a pretty solid portion of the ski day. So the fact that we decided to grab two friends and sign up to ride our bikes 446 miles across Colorado this week is both exhilarating and totally terrifying. Here is how Director of Marketing Jen Wittman and Associate Publisher Kristen Ude came to Riding the Rockies.

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Bank Repossesses Idaho Ski Lift

Seven years after installing a mile-long high-speed chairlift at Tamarack Resort in Idaho, the ski lift's builder is dismantling it in a repossession by the resort's creditors. Tamarack, which closed in financial ruin in 2009, owes its largest creditor more than $300 million. A separate creditor, Bank of America, has decided to recoup some losses by selling the resort's most expensive lift, a task that contractors describe as "difficult." "I'm in the ski lift business, not the ski lift removal business," said Highlander Ski Lift Services & Construction president Paul Johnston. "Ultimately, as sad as I am to remove it, it's sadder to see a large $4 million machine sit there and grow cobwebs. There are a lot of interested parties. It's like buying a used car."

Read more at the Idaho Press

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China Bans Foreigners From Tibet

Chinese travel agencies are reporting that the government has banned all foreign visitors to Tibet after two men set themselves on fire at Lhasa’s Jokhang temple last week to protest Chinese rule. The two Tibetan protestors were taken away by paramilitary forces, and it is not known whether they lived. The Chinese National Tourist Office stopped issuing entry permits after the self-immolations, though Chinese nationals will still be allowed to travel freely. Travel agencies expect the ban to last at least through June and perhaps indefinitely. The lockdown comes as Tibetans begin the month-long Saga Dawa festival, which typically draws thousands of pilgrims and tourists. At least 34 Tibetans have self-immolated in protest since March 2011, but last week's protests were the first of their kind in the city of Lhasa.

Read more at USA Today

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This Week's Missing Links, June 8

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

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Alex Honnold does an interview from Yosemite immediately after completing The Triple Crown. The North Face

A 40-year-old runs a sub-four-minute mile. Runner's World

So, you're saying my BASE jump wasn't a world record? CNN

 Reporting from behind the walls of the American Alpine Library. Adventure Journal

Pictures from the front lines of battling forest fires. Wired

Who wants to be an expedition leader on TV? National Geographic Adventure

Meet this year's Surfing Hall of Fame class. Shop Eat Surf via Adventure Journal

On the ASP's decision to suspend the competition at Cloudbreak. ESPN

WADA's decision to add an Olympic ban. BBC

The summits of his life. Killian Jornet

She's still out there. Outside

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