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The latest adventure news as record breaking and US parks take centre stage

Discover top news from the adventure world in our round-up: Amputee smashes Atlantic rowing record, Iditarod 1,000-miler ends in dead heat, and US nature gets biggest protection law since the ’70s.
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Adventure achievements don’t come much more inspiring than in two of the stories we have this time around. From braving 12m rollers while rowing the Atlantic, to teaming up to beat the freezing wilderness of Alaska in one of the longest and most gruelling races on the planet; we have three people whose bravery will make your jaw drop.
Add to that a big move in favour of the environment from none other than Donald J Trump, a brand-new real reef in Europe and two amazing ultra runs at the end of the world, and there’s lots to talk about in this edition.

Freefalling into LA

There was a UFO over downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday – but it wasn’t long before the fireball was revealed to be a trio of wingsuit fliers from the Red Bull Air Force.
To celebrate the first spring equinox supermoon in 19 years, the daredevil athletes – Jon DeVore, Mike Swanson and Andy Farrington – literally dropped into the city in a trail of pyrotechnics. The trio have a combined total of more than 70,000 skydives between them.
Andy Farrington and Jon DeVore are all smiles after a successful wingsuit jump over the Supermoon in downtown Los Angeles on March 20, 2019.
Andy Farrington and Jon DeVore with all their kit on
Wearing wingsuits that shape the human body into an airfoil, they leapt from a helicopter 4,000 feet above LA and swooped into downtown at more than 120 mph.
Mike Swanson wingsuits through downtown Los Angeles on March 20, 2019.
That's not a meteor - it's the Red Bull Air Force
To add a touch of Hollywood glitz, the suits were fitted with LED lights and sparking pyrotechnics that lit up the night sky as the sun set and the supermoon rose.
Jon DeVore wingsuit flys past the Supermoon in Los Angeles, California, USA on March 20, 2019.
Andy captures Jon mid-flight
They pulled their chutes at 1,000ft (305m) – 100ft (30.5m) below the roofline of the hotel InterContinental completing the first ever wingsuit jump into downtown Los Angeles.

Amputee smashes solo Atlantic row record by over a month

The world record for the fastest ever unsupported row across the Atlantic has just been smashed. And it was done by an amputee. Former Royal Marine Lee Spencer took just 60 days to complete the 6,115km challenge, 36 days quicker than the existing record. The Brit had to battle through 12m waves, gastroenteritis and discomfort from 2hrs sleep a day.
Lee Spencer holds a flare in celebration of completing his record breaking Atlantic row.
Lee Spencer smashed the record by 36 days
“If I can beat a record, an able-bodied record, as a disabled man... that is the reason why I wanted to do this,” he said at the finish.

Dead heat in Iditarod Ultra

This year’s Iditarod Trail Invitational – the infamous human powered race on the same route of the famous dog race – ended in a dead heat after 19 days, 3 hours and 56 minutes of racing. John Logar and Petr Ineman crossed the line together on their bikes after working with each other against the elements for two thirds of the 1,600km race.
The brutal expedition is run over three different distances – 240km, 560km or 1,600km – on bike, foot or ski. Adventure athlete Rebecca Rusch, 50, was also in the field, making her debut over 560km on her bike.
Rebecca Rusch on a fatbike cycling over snowy terrain during the Iditarod Trail Invitational.
Red Bull athlete Rebecca Rusch made her debut at the Iditarod in 2019
“I’ve lived and preached the rewards of taking calculated risk for decades but I realised this year is it had been a while since I’d taken a really big athletic risk myself,” she said. She was “brought to tears” at the finish.

US Parks get protected

Big news for outdoors fans in America – President Donald J. Trump has just signed off a new law that will protect millions of acres of public land and hundreds of miles of river.
Peace out, Death Valley
Peace out, Death Valley
It’s been described as the ‘single most important... public lands legislation since the 1970s’ and will create new wilderness and reauthorize a $900m annual fund that covers everything from hiking trails to wetlands.
Bouldering makes you bolder
Bouldering makes you bolder
It also prevents mining in key areas – including two close to Yellowstone; supports existing National Parks like Death Valley, Mojave, and Joshua Tree; and creates a whole bunch of new parks across the country.

Deep dive discovers Italian reef

Divers rejoice. While many of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs are being bleached and destroyed, a brand new one stretching 2.5km in length has just been discovered near Monopoli in Italy.
Images of the mesophotic coral reef found in Italy.
Deep in the Adriatic sea a new reef has been discovered
The first modern reef off the country’s coast, it could be a vital find for science and conservation experts and may even lead to a Mediterranean reef goldmine.
But don’t get too excited. It’s 35-50m deep down in the Adriatic – so the lack of light means this is made of dull rocky mesophotic coral, not the typical colourful gardens most people want to dive in.

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Big Event(s): 2-for-1 on Patagonian Ultras

There’s not one but two big ultra events about to take place at the ‘end of the world’ in Patagonia – and both are qualifiers for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. The Ultra Fjord, in Chile, travels through ‘Lord of the Rings’ style forests, glaciers and fjords in a region known as ‘Last Hope’. Run since 2015, it has a hardcore 100-miler from April 4-6 and includes runners from 22 nations.
Three competitors run down a snowy mountainside toward a lake during the Ultra Fjord event.
Ultra Fjord is trail running in the extremes
Not far away in Ushuaia, a new event for 2019 takes in Argentina’s equivalent. It’s run by UTMB and maxes out at a 130km trail with 7,100 meters of accumulated height gain, which starts on April 6.

New gear: First Aid in your pocket

This newly released tube of ‘hope I don’t need it but glad I’ve got it’ kit is probably one of the smallest but fullest First Aid kits you can get.
Product shot of the VSSL First Aid kit
VSSL First Aid kit
The VSSL First Aid anodised aluminium sleeve is just 22cm x 5cm but packs all the things you’ll need to triage a minor medical issues including wipes, antibiotics, bandages, blades, pills, tape and even a whistle and flashlight.

K2 skier hits up top adventure award

Andrzej Bargiel with a world's first! The Polish ski tourer became the first person to ski down K2.
Andrzej Bargiel at K2
Andrzej Bargiel became the first person to ski down the formidable slopes of K2 last year and that incredible feat has just earned him the coveted National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award for 2019.
The Polish ski mountaineer scaled the world’s second highest mountain – no mean feat itself – then skied off the top, risking rock falls and avalanches on a seven-hour run down 3,600 vertical metres.
Andrzej Bargiel on his way to summit K2.
The Pole on his way to finally make his biggest dream come true
“Nothing scares me,” said Bargiel. “I work in a way that such a challenge cuts me off from everything. I might've worried before, during preparation, but when the time comes, I just do it.”

Honnold dons a tux as climbing wins an Oscar

Alex Honnold swapped his climbing gear for a tuxedo and bow tie to pick up the Academy Award for Best Documentary with Free Solo, the film of his nail-biting rope free ascent of Freerider on El Capitan.
The superstar climber and his girlfriend Sanni McCandless joined directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarherlyi and Jimmy Chin and producers Shannon Dill and Evan Hayes on the stage as climbing hit the big time with its first ever Oscar.
Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi on location during the filming of Free Solo.
The husband and wife team discuss the shoot
“Alex was a kid who was scared to climb with others and went out by himself,” Vasarherlyi said. “This kid...moved through his fears and ultimately free soloed El Cap. It shows why we live our lives.”

World marathon record is smashed

Susannah Gill stands at the snowy finish line at the Antartica World Marathon Challenge.
Susannah Gill at the World Marathon Challenge
Averaging just under 3h30m for a marathon is pretty good – but doing that over seven days on seven different continents, that’s something special. That’s what Susannah Gill did in the World Marathon Challenge.
The 34-year-old only started running 10 years ago but has completed more than 40 marathons. She trained for five months before this event, which involved 40 competitors, and ended up winning all but one of the races.

4,000-mile US hiking trail takes shape

A new connection of trails that will eventually stretch across the entire US, from Washington DC to Washington State, has been announced and will begin to be pieced together later this year.
The ‘rail to trail’ project, first conceived three decades ago, is already over half complete. Now 125 new trails are planned to connect up all the dots – although don’t panic, it is still likely to take years to complete.

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From kayaking in idyllic islands to climbing up towering pillars of ice, the images here will make you want to get out there and see more places for yourself.

New gear: World’s lightest full-feature shell?

Marmot Bantamweight jacket product shot in black.
Marmot Bantamweight jacket weighs less than 5 ounces
For those who travel fast and light, this newly released Bantamweight waterproof from Marmot has you covered – but you’ll hardly even feel it.
On sale at €300 it has a fully taped 7 denier Pertex Shield 2.5 layer stretch fabric weighing just 140g and packs in an adjustable hood, zip hand pockets, internal mesh stuff pocket, draw cord and microscopic laser-drilled arm vents.
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