Climber and photographer Cory Richards, who was airlifted off of Everest earlier this week due to medical problems, has returned to full health but is withdrawing from the expedition. Via Never Stop Exploring.
Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi, last year’s runner-up, will don pink at Saturday’s Giro d’Italia starting line. The jersey was stripped from 2011 winner Alberto Contador, who tested positive for a banned substance at the 2010 Tour de France. Via Bicycling.
The Boston Athletic Association is now the proud owner of a 100-year old trophy, which after being used as a doorstop and flower vase will live in a trophy case. Mike Ryan won the cup by beating out 123 competitors at the 1912 Boston Marathon. Via Competitor.
For the first time in a century, salmon fry are hatching above the remains of two recently demolished dams on Washington’s Elwha River. The young Cohos, offspring of adults released in the river last year, are expected to head to the ocean in early 2013. Via Outside.
The Bureau of Land Management wants to open up 2.3 million acres for oil shale and oil sands development in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado—a big threat to those states’ national parks, says a report by the National Parks Conservation Association. Via Adventure Journal.
MapQuest has launched a new website, MapQuest National Parks, to help vacationers plan trips to America’s 58 crown jewels. Contrary to what you’d expect, the site has no special mapping function. Via Gadling.
A climber died Sunday in New York’s Shawangunks when her toprope anchor failed. Stephanie Preznant, 22, fell at least 15 feet from Easy Keyhole, a two-pitch 5.2G route in the Trapps. Via Climberism.
As debris from the 2011 Japan Tsunami floats its way toward the U.S. West Coast, three sea kayakers will embark on the Ikkatsu Project—an effort to collect the junk and clean the water and coastline of the Olympic Peninsula. Via Canoe and Kayak.