The Weekly Stoke: Ladders on Everest, running and hunting, fighting off mountain lions and the story of the naked hiker

Mount Everest. (AFP/Getty Images)

Mount Everest. (AFP/Getty Images)

Spring fever is definitely in effect. We’re all planning on what we’ll do over the summer, gearing up for adventures or just trying to do the things that will give us a beach body we can live with. What’s needed to push you to the next level? Something to get you stoked. Like the Weekly Stoke. So let’s go!

A group of elite runners is trying to test the theory that early humans  used “persistence hunting” — that of wearing down prey by chasing them over long distances.

Route-setting groups on Mount Everest are considering installing ladders at the south route’s Hillary Step, the piece of technical climbing just shy of the summit. Some say this will increase safety (wait times at the Hillary Step, a notorious bottleneck during the spring climbing season, can be hours, which endangers idled climbers) but others say it will detract from the challenge of truly climbing the mountain.

Slate has an interesting interview with ultrarunning superman Scott Jurek about what makes ultra runners do what they do.

How do you ward off an aggressive mountain lion? Use your skateboard, of course.

A new report links improved academic performance among kids who are more physically active.

A Colorado hiker proves that yes, you can be so dumb that it’s actually illegal.

And finally, here’s a pretty cool video of what may be the highest altitude BASE jump ever made. Watch and enjoy, and have a fantastic weekend.

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