Just six months after the tragic earthquake, a climber is attempting its summit. Africa’s most important snakebite treatment is about to run out. And, there’s now a dating app for dirtbags. This is what’s new outside.
First Everest Attempt Post-Quake: Never underestimate the economic juggernaut that is spoiled first worlders paying locals to carry their luggage up a really tall mountain. Just six months after thousands were killed in Nepal, and despite aid still not reaching decimated villages, a Japanese climber has announced that he will “help Nepal,” by paying locals to carry his luggage up it. His attempt is more heroic than most; he forgot to pack warm enough gloves last time. [GearJunkie]
The Ultimate Scavenger Hunt? Bag maker Cotopaxi is sponsoring its Questival in San Francisco later this month. Teams of two to six participants will be given a list of 200+ challenges and given 24 hours to complete them. It’s also a party, and sounds like a ton of fun. [Cotopaxi]
No More Anti-venom In Africa: Medicines Sans Frontieres has announced that it’s about to run out of an anti-venom that covers 10 of the most common snake bites in sub-saharan Africa. This is a problem both because victims often can’t ID the snake that bit them and because, well, it works. Trouble seems to be that rabies is worth more money than snake bites. [BBC]
Tinder For Dirtbags: Want a girlfriend/boyfriend that likes doing stuff outside too? LuvByrd wants to connect you. So far it’s only available in Colorado (where we’re guessing everyone is outdoorsy always), but it could be really valuable if it makes it to cities like LA or New York, where most people are not. Finally, someone who will appreciate pics of you shredding the gnar. [Outside]
RadioLab Tackles The Ethics Of Hunting: Everyone wants there own say on the hunting outrage this summer, but Radiolab has done a better job at exploring the issue than most, including me. Queue it up for your next long commute. [Digg]
Gore C-KNIT: A new membrane from Gore-Tex claims to offer the comfort of a softshell with the durability and water/windproofness of a hardshell. We’re trying to find out more. [Gore]
What We’re Up To: Chris is in Banff, Ty’s building a 1985 4Runner and I just went dove hunting. More on all that soon. And, on Saturday, I’m off to explore Romania for 10 days.