The Weekly Stoke: Lost in the mountains, climate change, tips for ski season and Alex Honnold climbing in Yosemite

Flying over Antarctica. (Wikipedia Commons photo)

Flying over Antarctica. (Wikipedia Commons photo)

A whole lot of ground to cover this week, so let’s not waste time. Enter the Weekly Stoke!

Some sobering news again this week from the high country as an Ohio man goes missing somewhere near Colorado’s Mount Harvard. This, plus another search (sorry, don’t have a link on that one) further south in the Sangre de Cristo range. Both involved solo hikers. Having just done a solo, the weight of these stories is not lost on me.

Climate change deniers are making some noise about a report showing growth in polar ice, but a recent study shows that the reasons behind Antarctic ice shelf growth is not the result in a leveling off of warming temperatures. That, and the arctic ice pack is still shrinking.

This report reveals how Americans prefer their exercise: Solo and brief.

Here are some tips to get you ready for the upcoming ski season.

And just for fun, who doesn’t like a video of Alex Honnold doing what he does best? Have a look.

Alex Honnold in Yosemite: National Parks Epic Challenge from National Park Foundation on Vimeo.

Jordan Romero becomes youngest to climb 7 Summits

The Associated Press is reporting Saturday that Jordan Romero, 15, of Big Bear, Calif., successfully reached the summit of Antactica’s Vinson Massif, the highest mountain in Antarctica.

The successful summit bid is the last in his quest to climb the highest peaks in all the world’s continents. By bagging the 7 Summits, Romero is the youngest person to accomplish the feat. Previously, the youngest person to do it was a British climber who did it when he was 16, The AP reported.

Romero climbed his first continental high point when he was 10 — Africa’s Kilimanjaro, The AP reported. At age 13, he became the youngest person to ever successfully climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak at 29,035 feet.

That record will likely never be broken as the countries which share Everest — Nepal and China — have age restrictions in place. Nepal’s was set years ago while China enacted an age limit shortly after Romero’s climb.

The AP quoted Romero’s Facebook page as saying, “It’s in the books. The kid and team summit with all fingers and toes. Descent still to come then we celebrate.”

Bob Doucette

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