Virginia woman sets record for summiting all the Adirondack 46 High Peaks
Alyssa Godesky of Charlottesville, Virginia has set a new women’s record for summiting all of the Adirondack 46 High Peaks, North Country Public Radio reports. Godesky completed the feat in 3 days, 16 hours, and 16 minutes, covering 160 miles and tackling more than 67,000 feet of elevation gain. Godesky also holds the women’s supported fastest known time of Vermont’s Long Trail.
“Hopefully putting myself out there and going for [the record] encourages other women to get out more in the mountains and get competitive in the mountains because it’s such a great place to get fit,” she told NCPR. “That’s what I love to do and if I can inspire anyone else by seeing my run, if they’re inspired to get out and go hike a peak, then it’s well worth it.”
Silver Run Falls trail in Nantahala Ranger District closed temporarily
Silver Run Falls Trail on North Carolina’s Nantahala Ranger District will close temporarily beginning August 24 for trail maintenance, the Forest Service said in a news release. The trail is expected to reopen September 5, 2020. During the trail’s closure there will be no public access and the pull out off Highway 107 south of Cashiers will also be closed.
The world’s highest recorded temperature ever may have happened this month in Death Valley
Preliminary data shows that the highest temperature ever recorded on earth may have been registered at the Furnace Creek visitor center at Death Valley National Park on August 16, 2020. An automated weather station recorded a temperature of 129.9 F, a temperature remarkable even in Death Valley, where highs regularly reach into the triple digits. The previous global record high for August was 127.9 F, recorded in Mitribah, Kuwait in 2011.
If the temperature recorded on August 16 is confirmed, it will be the planet’s third-highest temperature on record, the World Meteorological Organization says. However, the accuracy of the two higher readings are under debate, meaning that this month’s temperature may be the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.
Photo: Algonquin Peak as viewed from Indian Falls along Mt Marcy hiking trail. Algonquin Peak is the second-highest mountain in New York, and one of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks in Adirondack Park courtesy of Getty Images by Ultima_Gaina