The Weekly Stoke: Ueli Steck on Annapurna, Les Stroud, survival stories, NYC and Marine Corps Marathon news, and caves under Mount Hood

Annapurna. (Wikipedia Commons photo)

Annapurna. (Wikipedia Commons photo)

Took the week off last week, but we’re right back to it with some good links on this edition of the Weekly Stoke! Check these out:

Congratulations to Ueli Steck for his successful ascent of Annapurna. Steck had twice been denied this mountain’s summit, but this time did it in style, climbing its south face solo. That’s a feat that has never been done before, and just months after his harrowing brawl incident on Everest.

Les Stroud talks about what survivalism is really all about, and has some critiques for others who take their chances just for the TV cameras.

Here are some tips for summiting Pikes Peak.

From The Adventure Journal, a list of the 9 most intense bivvies.

Here’s a first-hand account of what it’s like dealing with a rescue situation in the backcountry, also from The Adventure Journal.

Some victims of the Boston Marathon bombing are learning to run again.

Organizers of the Marine Corps Marathon and the New York City Marathon are banning hydration packs from being used during those races.

Finally, check out this cool video of exploring caves under Oregon’s Mount Hood.

New York City Marathon cancelled — right decision?

First, Hurricane — then superstorm — Sandy rolled into the eastern seaboard.

Then, the storm brought massive storm surges that flooded much of New York, cutting power and disabling large parts of the city. Dozens have died.

And then, with mounting concerns about the city’s ability to pull off the race in the midst of having much of the New York still out of sorts, the New York City Marathon was cancelled.

It was to be held on Sunday. About 40,000 people were slated to run. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg had originally said it was take place, but this afternoon, it was decided to call it off, two days before the starting gun was to go off.

There had been a lot of pressure to cancel it, and it even (unbelievably) entered the realm of partisan politics.

Keep this in mind — other weekend sporting events (NBA and NFL games) will be played this weekend. But  those involved decided the logistics of holding the race, given the situation on the ground, would be too much right now.

Was this the right decision? Should it have been made earlier? Should it be rescheduled? Is that even possible at this point?

I’d like to know what you all think. Hit me up in the comments.

Bob Doucette

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