Mountaineers paraglide the Alps and more must-see stories this week


From inspiring to tragic, “Adventure News of the Week” presents a summary of the main news in the world of exploration and adventure. Here’s what you missed this weekend and a few things to look forward to.

Climbing News

Expert mountaineers Simon Gietl and Roger Schaeli launched their assault on the six major northern faces of the Alps last week, but there is a turning point. Not only will the pair aim to reach the Six Major Highs, but they will also access each location by fair means, which includes human-powered flight.

“They intend to travel only by human force between mountains, trekking, cycling and paragliding,” explains Web Explorers. Follow the North 6 course on Instagram.

Mountaineers face North 6 of the Alps by climbing, hiking, biking and flying; (photo / Simon Gietl, Instagram)

Scottish climber and father of the free solo, Dave MacLeod, has just made a captivating first ascent on Ben Nevis, UK Escalade reports. He nicknamed the threadlike abrasive stone trad road “Mnemosyne” and classed it at E9 6c / 8b +.

Placing pro pieces on Mnemosyne takes the pitch up a notch, he said, “because they’re very tedious and take a long time to place right in the middle of a tough climb. It takes about 8a to go straight up, but two or three degrees more difficult to place the material.

Check out the uncut send footy below.

Cycling news

There’s a lot going on in the world of cycling this week.

Polar cyclist Lorenzo Bartone and his partner have embarked on a months-long tandem tour of southern Italy. According to Lorenzo, the course is like a thank you tour. The team will make stops throughout the trip to personally thank those who have contributed to Bartone’s “Cycling the World” fund. Follow their trek through Barone’s Instagram.

The last UCI Mountain Bike World Cup session of the season started on Friday at Snowshoe. Elite competition ran the gamut of mountain biking: downhill, cross-country and short-track cross-country races were all on the list. In Friday’s XCC race, Victor Koretzky and Evie Richards took first places in the men and women respectively, with Richards coming only 7 seconds behind Koretzky.

Saturday saw fierce competition in Downhill 1 and Downhill 2 races, where series leader Vali Höll won first place in the women’s DH1 and DH2 races. On the men’s side, Reece Wilson beat Loïc Bruni in DH1 but couldn’t postpone his performance in DH2, where Bruni won gold in fractions of a second.

The UCI finished the season finale with Sunday’s XCO competitions, with Christopher Blevins taking his first win of the weekend and Evie Richards taking his second.

Vali Holl performs at the UCI DH World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 18, 2021;  (photo / Bartek Wolinski, Red Bull Content Pool)
Vali Höll performs at the UCI DH World Cup in Snowshoe, USA on September 18, 2021; (photo / Bartek Wolinski, Red Bull Content Pool)

Across the pond in Belgium, the 94th UCI Road World Championship gets underway just like things at Snowshoe are chilling out. This year’s competition will begin, as usual, with time trials for all divisions starting September 19 and ending September 22. After a brief day of rest, formal road races will begin, September 24-26. Follow the results and find live coverage over at

Endurance news

The 100-miler Rabbit Run kicked off Friday afternoon in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Dave Stevens took first place in the general classification with 18:01:45 on the clock and 38 minutes ahead of second in the men’s category. At 8:23:53 PM, Addie Bracy took first place in the women’s competition, finishing 37 minutes ahead of the competition.

iRunFar reports: “The high altitude race attracts some of the best ultrarunners in the country – in large part because of the total of $ 75,000 in prizes to be paid out among the top finishers in the Lièvre Division. The course includes climbs of 10,568-foot Werner Mountain, Buffalo Pass and Emerald Mountain, for a total of 22,000 feet of elevation gain.

Triathlete Lucy Charles-Barclay clinched her long-awaited first gold medal at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships on Saturday. The 27-year-old crossed the finish line in just 4 hours. Defending men’s champion Gustav Iden took first place overall, with a time of 3 hours and 37 minutes.

Lucy Charles-Barclay seen during training in London, England;  (photo / Patrik Lundin, Red Bull Content Pool)
Lucy Charles-Barclay seen during training in London, England; (photo / Patrik Lundin, Red Bull Content Pool)

Other news

Born Free USA animal welfare charity launched a new wildlife initiative this week. Called “Big 5, Little 5,” the campaign aims to raise funds and improve public education about 10 endangered North American species. See the association interactive infographic for more information. Then make a donation or take action by spreading the word, and check out Born Free’s Large 5 Small 5 page.

And REI has teamed up with performance clothing group Athleta. Buyers can expect to see Athleta gear filling the retailer’s virtual and online storefronts soon. Check the collection.

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