Two 10 year olds climbers on different continents on Thursday became the youngest people ever to send a 5.14a route when they redpointed the grade separately in Kentucky and Italy. Brooke Raboutou, of Boulder, Colorado finished God's Own Stone in Kentucky's Red River Gorge after two days of work. Italian climber Tito Traversa sent Sarsifal L2 at Tetto di Sarre in Valle d'Aosta, Italy. The climbs come on the heels of 10-year-old New Yorker Ashima Shiraishi's send of the V13 boulder problem Crown of Aragorn in Hueco Tanks, Texas last month.
Two soldiers from Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas and a woman who were reported missing in New Mexico's Gila National Forest have been found, according to New Mexico State Police. The soldiers failed to report for duty on Monday after leaving for a kayak trip on Saturday. Police later located the group's SUV. One of the men walked out of the forest on Monday evening and told searchers that his friends would walk out on Tuesday. Colorado ultrarunner Micah True was found dead on Saturday in Gila after leaving for a run on Tuesday afternoon.
Michael Ashenden, a prominent Australian anti-doping expert, on Tuesday announced his resignation from the lab that oversees the biological passport program. Ashenden objected to a clause in his contract with the Athlete Passport Management Unit that required him to check with superiors before speaking to the media. Ashenden has given detailed interviews discussing drug test results from several major professional athletes, including Lance Armstrong. "It seems to me that too much emphasis is being placed on controlling what the media are told. There should be nothing to hide, so why stop the experts from talking?" he said.
As the winter sun starts to climb higher and the trails and roads dry out, it's time to think about riding again. That probably means full service for bikes that have been neglected in the garage all winter. (Don't you dare say you left them in the snow). Time to rip that thing apart and take a tooth brush to last year's grit and grime. Or perhaps you've been perusing the Spring Bike Special and settled on a new bike. Either way, you're going to want to build that bike up like its new so you're ready to hurtle into the season. I saw the video clip below, courtesy of our friends over at IMBA, and thought, "If it were only that easy..."
Sometimes, the best relationships come from unlikely pairings. Backcountry huts (long the winter purview of gaitered old guys on skinny skis) and cross-country mountain biking (sufferfests for gearheads) hooked up in southern Colorado in the late eighties, but they’ve been keeping their romance quiet until recently.
In the past two years in particular, hut-to-hut biking trips have been gaining traction in the United States. Existing winter hut systems like San Juans have been opening their doors year-round, and new huts like the Maine Huts are grading their trails for bikers. The international community is embracing the phenomenon as well; New Zealand is in the midst of a three-year trial to see how bikers take to some of their world-renowned treks.
So why are they becoming more popular? “I think that people just want real journeys, from point A to point B, “says Joe Ryan, who started the San Juan Hut System. “There’s an appeal to crossing terrain.”