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Adventure : Mar 2010

Running Lake Baikal: Cold, Damp and Hanging On

Checking in after Days Four and Five, when we've made some decent mileage: 53 and 41 kilometers, respectively. The numbers are below our target daily average of around 60 kilometers, but we had to slow down and walk once we hit some ice rubble. As you can tell from the video, we're incredibly tired, and it's super cold, damp inside our tent, and windy--but we're hanging on. We'll be ready to get going again tomorrow.

--Kevin Vallely and Ray Zahab

In March 2010, Kevin Vallely and Ray Zahab will embark on the i2P Siberian Express for Water Expedition. They will run 65 to 70 kilometers per day across the frozen surface of Lake Baikal,which is 636 kilometers long--carrying all the food and gear for theentire trip. They'd like to finish in 10 to 12 days, which would be aworld record, according to Vallely. Why go through such trouble? Toraise awareness and funding for clean drinking water projects aroundthe world and inspire students through the i2P experiential learning program. This is the seventh in a series of their dispatches forOutside Online.

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Shaun White Shoes Coming To Target



Target has announced its stores will soon be carrying Shaun White Shoes, which will join the Shaun White clothing collection. The shoes were designed by Shaun and his brother, Jesse, and will be targeted at skateboarders.

“It’s been a lot of fun working with Target for the past few years on my clothing line,” said Shaun, according to a press release.  “I’m excited to have the opportunity to bring some authentic skate shoes into the mix.”

The collection will hit stores this fall. Will you buy a pair? While you consider your answer, check out our interview with Shaun and Tony Hawk.

-- Jonah Ogles

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Have Breakfast With Lindsey Vonn

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Not in person. On a Wheaties box. Wheaties recently announced the athletes to be featured on their famed boxes. Vonn (the best female skier in the world?), Shaun White, and Seth Wescott were all chosen for the honor, joining greats like Michael Jordan and the 2008 Detroit Shock.

To see the boxes, check out the Wheaties site. And please form a line when the boxes are released next month.

(Hat tip to Ski Magazine)

-- Jonah Ogles

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Mountainfilm 2010: Artist Alex Beard on the Environment

Minds of Mountainfilm - Profiles and Interviews Over the coming months, Outside will be posting interviews with adventurers, environmentalists, filmmakers, and others conducted by Mountainfilm. Many of the icons appearing at this year's festival have been featured in the pages of Outside. For more information on this year's festival, which begins on May 28, please check out Mountainfilm's Web Site.

Alex Beard believes that art is a medium that should be accessible to everyone. It certainly was for him, growing up in a family where his uncle was the famed wildlife photographer and legendary character Peter Beard. While that heritage has certainly influenced Beard’s paintings, he has also found a very distinct voice of his own, interpreting the natural world in a unique and abstract way.

Many of his pieces feature intricate and colorful representations of animals, and this year, his elaborate piece “Endangered Species List” was used to create the official Mountainfilm poster, which will be revealed in May.

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We caught up with Beard to learn more about his views on the connection between art and creating awareness for the pressing issues we face today. Straight and to the point, Beard believes that every individual does in fact have an impact and that we should all be more conscious of our everyday actions, no matter how big or small.

Philanthropy and social and cultural awareness runs in your family. What cause are you personally most passionate about and what collective action needs to be taken to address it?
I am most passionate about preserving the flora and fauna of our natural surroundings. Collectively, our goal should be simple: Recognize that the world is changing, and that it is our fault. Stop pointing fingers, and start doing the little things. Turn off the the lights when you leave the room. Recycle. Buy an efficient automobile. Plant trees. We all know what to do, the trick is instilling the desire to do so.

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