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Schleck on deck for Giro, Annapurna snowed in, Steck portends death
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Fränk Schleck will replace Jakob Fuglsang as the team leader of the RadioShack-Nissan team in the Giro d’Italia—news that came as a surprise to even him. Schleck, who placed third at last year’s Tour de France, was on a training break. You can bet he’s warming up his legs now. Via CyclingNews.

 

Andrew Matthews, a Zambia whitewater guide, catches surfable waves on a stretch of the Zambezi River that form just once a year—and now you can watch him. Via Outside.

 

Climbing virtuoso Alex Honnold might be jaded. After a recent free solo of Monkey Finger, a nine-pitch 12b big wall crack system in Zion National Park—what would be a lifetime achievement for his peers—he called the climb “fun,” but decidedly not “badass.” Via Sportiva blog.

 

A group of Ohio anarchists tried—and failed—to blow up a bridge in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The group consorted with an undercover FBI agent, who supplied them with fake explosives. Via Adventure Journal.

 

“Too much snow” on Annapurna has raised avalanche risk “to the extreme,” forcing Carlos Soria’s team to abandon their second summit attempt in a week and return to basecamp. The peak is notoriously avalanche-prone. Via ExplorersWeb.

 

As Swiss speed alpinist Ueli Steck prepped for an Everest ascent (sans supplemental oxygen), he acknowleged feeling pressure to live up to extreme expectations.  “If I don’t take myself out of the game, I will die sooner rather than later,” he said.  Steck, who’s best known for speed solos of the Eiger’s North Face and the Matterhorn, has secured permits for five big Himalayan climbs this season with his friend Freddie Wilkinson. Via Rock and Ice.

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