Earth Day celebrations reach fever pitch, Sherpa dies on Everest and more stories to start your week

From the inspiring to the tragic, here’s GearJunkie’s roundup of the week’s exploration and adventure news. Here’s what you missed and a few things to look forward to.

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April 23 is Earth Day. The National Parks Service and the Continental Divide Trail Coalition offer a wealth of opportunities to get in on the action. Check them out.

First, through National Parks Week: The 400 units of the NPS have special programs, activities and digital experiences To mark the occasion. This year NPS week the theme is “sPark Connections”.

Each day focuses on ways the individual can become more involved in the NPS:

  • Monday April 18: sPark Collaboration – How can you get involved or participate in opportunities?
  • Tuesday April 19: sPark Innovation – What’s new in the parks and how will these efforts improve the visitor experience?
  • Wednesday, April 20: sPark Opportunities – Find out about job opportunities available in national parks through the federal government and various partner agencies.
  • Thursday April 21: sPark Preservation – What role do you play in the “recreate responsibly” movement?
  • Friday April 22: sPark Action and Earth Day Celebration – What actions can we all take to reduce our impact and preserve natural systems?
  • Saturday, April 23: sPark Curiosity – Learn about the parks with Junior Ranger programs and other activities.
  • Sunday, April 24: sPark Memories – Do you have any lasting memories or traditions created while visiting national parks?

“National Parks Week is the perfect time to explore a lesser-known site,” said Will Shafroth, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “There is so much beauty and cultural heritage to discover in your own backyard.”

To start planning your next adventure, go to NPS.gov/npweek or download the official NPS app. From here, you can search by location, activity, or topic and get the latest event details and park information.


The Continental Divide Trail Coalition celebrates its 8th annual Volunteer Week Trail Days in Silver City, New Mexico, April 22-24, 2022. Festivities will include speakers, an equipment display, community hikes, and a special Gila Earth Day festival on April 23.

RSVP to Trail Days events via Facebook and learn more about continentaldividetrail.org/trail-days-2022.


Expedition Africa, the second race of this year’s Adventure Racing World Series, fell last week in the landlocked, mountainous African kingdom of Lesotho.

The winning team, Estonian ACE Adventure La Sportiva, completed the 416 kilometer course, including trekking, mountain biking, kayaking and a 5 km donkey-assisted orienteering relay in 80 hours and 15 minutes, after sleeping less than an hour and a half. The race ended at Afriski Mountain Resort, one of Africa’s few ski resorts.

Other events in 2022 Adventure Racing World Series will take place in Panama, Croatia, France, British Columbia in Canada, Ecuador, Malaysia, Scotland and the US state of Oregon, with the 2022 World Adventure Racing Championship taking place in Paraguay in September.

(Photo/Expedition Africa, courtesy USARA) adventure news of the week
(Photo/Expedition Africa, courtesy USARA)

An Everest Sherpa perished on April 14 in the notoriously deadly Khumbu icefall, reported ExplorersWeb. Nima Tenji Sherpa was carrying loads to Camps 1 and 2 with 10 other International Mountain Guides (IMG) high altitude workers when he collapsed. A teammate discovered the Sherpa sitting upright beside the track and unresponsive. Tenji had summited Everest several times. He was only 38 years old.

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The second edition of the Paris-Roubaix Women’s cycling race took off on Saturday April 16, followed by the 119th Paris-Roubaix men’s race on Sunday April 17. Trek-Segafredo’s Elisa Longo Borghini (ITA) scored a decisive victory in the women’s match with 3:10:54 on the clock. . INEOS Grenadiers’ Dylan van Baarle (NLD) crossed the finish line at 5:37:00 on Sunday – almost 2 minutes ahead of the silver medalist.


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