The Weekly Stoke: Ed Viesturs chimes in, drones, effects of running, the L.A. River and a trail race recap that’ll make you grin

Ed Viesturs (National Geographic photo)

Ed Viesturs (National Geographic photo)

Loads of goodies this week. Mountains, trails and other news, plus two — count em, two! — videos. Time for the Weekly Stoke!

Ed Viesturs is the first American to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks. He’s summitted Mount Everest several times. And he has an opinion about putting up ladders on Everest’s Hillary Step.

Some things are too spooky to use. At least that’s what it looks like for the Forest Service, which has abandoned a proposal to use drones for monitoring forest fires.

A couple from Outside Magazine: One is about how running might actually help your knees, and another about long-term effects that distance running has on overall fitness.

You might find this hard to believe, but that trickle of water flowing through concrete embankments known as the Los Angeles River is actually home to some pretty good outdoor recreation these days.

UK’s Daily Mail online offers this bit of photographic trail goodness.

I want to introduce you to a trail runner and ultra marathoner who also happens to be one of the more entertaining writers out there. Read Ashley Walsh’s recap of her team’s performance in an 81-mile ultra at the Salton Sea in Southern California.

First of two videos: An amazing look at the Appalachian cicada hatch here:

And secondly, some good running humor:

The Weekly Stoke: Drones, elephant justice, tick phobia and what makes an elite mountaineer

Elephant

Jam-packed with news this week, we’re looking at a whole slew of the funny, serious and weird in this edition of the Weekly Stoke. So let’s get started.

Drones are used to wipe out terrorists, and some fear they can spy on American citizens. The U.S. Geological Survey has found another use that’s a little more benign.

Chalk one up for wildlife! An elephant turns the tables on a poacher.

Here’s something we suspected: Hiking can actually make you smarter.

National Geographic takes an interesting look at the physiological attributes of elite high-altitude mountaineers.

It’s tick season now, and if this post doesn’t freak you out than maybe it will at least inspire a bug spray purchase or at least a thorough tick-check.

We’re redefining wild spaces again: The National Park Service will allow bolts on climbing routes in national parks.

Here’s a list of some of the world’s most dangerous travel destinations.

And finally, a video of when Whole Foods gets to people’s heads.