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Adventure : Jun 2012

Summer Reading: 'Our Dying Forests'

Sure, summer reading lists are usually filled with the latest mysteries or epic dramas to hit paperback. But for your list, consider adding a series of reports by the Salt Lake Tribune, "Our Dying Forests." The series recently claimed the The Grantham Prize for environmental reporting and tells a story that contains some mystery and a whole lot of drama—but is unfortunately non-fiction.

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BASE Jump World Record Claims Refuted

On Wednesday, Red Bull erroneously claimed a new world record after their sponsored athlete Valery Rozov completed a wingsuit jump in the Indian Himalayas. The Russian BASE jumper led an expedition to climb Shivling mountain last month before jumping from 6,420 meters on May 25. Red Bull's Wednesday press release claimed the jump had set a new world record for launch height. Guinness World Records recognizes a husband and wife's jump from 6,604 meters on Mount Meru as the highest ever BASE jump. The couple said they were "miffed" by Red Bull's claims. In response to the misstatement, Rozov told CNN he didn't care whether or not he had acheived a world record. The online press release has since been removed and the Red Bull website now calls the feat "one of the most challenging BASE jumps ever performed."

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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."

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