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Adventure : Jun 2012

Adventure Video of the Week: William Trubridge Freedives to 393 Feet

Earlier this week, 35-year-old German freediver Tom Sietas reportedly broke the world record for breathholding when he stayed underwater for 22 minutes and 22 seconds. That's just a bit longer—and probably a bit more exciting to watch—than the average television sitcom without commercials. Sietas has a lung capacity 20 percent larger than the average person his size and is a trained freediver. He doesn't eat for five hours before "going for it." The feat was impressive, but what may be more impressive, and definitely more entertaining to watch, is the dive above by William Trubridge.

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Explorer's Rowboat Rescued After Storm

British adventurer Sarah Outen awaits aid from the Japanese Coast Guard after a tropical storm damaged her boat Wednesday during her attempt to row solo across the Pacific Ocean. Outen was several hundred miles from the Japanese coast when she hit a storm her team had been tracking. Her boat, Gulliver, rolled several times and sustained unknown damage while Outen hunkered in the cabin amid high seas and 55-knot winds. A Coast Guard aircraft responded to her emergency beacon and sent a ship that will reach her tomorrow. She intends to seek repairs to the damaged vessel on shore. The incident is a setback in Outen's London2London human-powered circumnavigation of the earth.

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Japanese Dock Washes Ashore in Oregon

On Wednesday, a massive concrete dock unmoored during the 2011 Japanese tsunami washed ashore on a popular Oregon beach after having traveled over 5,000 miles. Measuring 66 feet long, 19 feet wide, and seven feet tall, the dock is proving a puzzle to remove, with authorities concerned about preventing species contamination. Tom Towslee, a spokesperson for Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, said the size and speed of the tsunami detritus "frightened" government officials. "I find it extremely odd that something this large could cross the ocean and not be spotted by anybody given the sophisticated equipment and all the attention that is supposed to be focused on this debris," said Towslee. Japan has estimated that as much as 1.5 million tons of debris from the tsunami could still be afloat in the Pacific Ocean.

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Black Diamond Acquires POC

Black Diamond, maker of climbing gear, headlamps, skis, poles, packs, and more, announced today that it's adding adventure sports protective gear to its long list of exceptional offerings by acquiring POC.

“POC and Black Diamond were both founded as solutions-based companies, focused on providing unmatched personal protection for active outdoor athletes,” said Peter Metcalf, president and CEO of Black Diamond, in a press release. “We believe POC is one of the most innovative, fastest-growing and hottest brands in action sports protective gear today and a strong strategic addition to the Black Diamond platform.

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Alex Honnold Solos the Yosemite Triple

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Alex Honnold solos the Pancake Flake during a speed ascent of El Cap in 2010. Photo: Tom Evans/elcapreport.com

Just two weeks after free-climbing Yosemite's Triple Crown with Tommy Caldwell, Alex Honnold repeated the feat solo on Wednesday, blasting up three of the park's biggest walls alone in 19 hours. Beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, the 26-year-old Californian climbed Mt. Watkins, El Capitan, and Half Dome, finishing at 10:45 a.m. the next morning. In an interview on The North Face's blog, Honnold estimated that he had free-soloed about 95 percent of the terrain.

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