Outdoor Updates: 26-year-old dies of cardiac arrest while running two weeks after returning from Mt. Everest base camp

26-year-old dies of cardiac arrest while running two weeks after returning from Mt. Everest base camp

A 26-year-old Iowa man collapsed while sprinting to the finish line of a 12.4-mile race just two weeks after returning from a hike to Everest base camp in Nepal. Paramedics on the scene rushed to his side but the man died of cardiac arrest, the cause of which has not yet been determined, though the medical examiner has ruled out medications the man took to prepare for his trip to Nepal. The runner, Chase Flack, had been clocking six miles a day since his return from Everest to prepare for his race. At this time it is not clear if there is a correlation between the altitude and effort required to reach Everest base camp and the cardiac arrest that ended Flack’s life.

A 10-year old is the youngest person to climb Nose route on El Capitan

Selah Schneiter, a 55-pound 10-year-old from Glenwood Springs, Colorado, is the youngest person in history to climb the Nose, a 3,000-foot route on Yosemite’s El Capitan. She made the historic climb in five days and completed it with her Dad, Mike, and his friend. Climbing comes naturally to Schneiter. Her parents met and fell in love while climbing El Capitan. She made her first trip to Yosemite at just eight weeks old, staying at Yosemite’s historic climbing camp, Camp 4.

The Nose is one of the original technical climbing routes up El Capital. It has 31 pitches of both aid and free climbing. “I was scared just sometimes,” Schneiter told Outside from the top of the mountain. “I thought it was really fun.”

Farm-to-table dinners return on WV state parks

For the second year in a row, West Virginia state parks are partnering with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and the West Virginia Farmers Market Association to promote locally produced food in their restaurants. Eight farm-to-table dinners are on the calendar this summer and reservations can be made at wvstateparks.com. Upcoming dinners are as follows:

  • Holly River State Park- July 25
  • Twin Falls Resort State Park, “Pioneer Farm Traditional” – August 16
  • Hawks Nest State Park, “A Taste of Hawks Nest”- August 17
  • North Bend State Park- August 22
  • Chief Logan Lodge, “How Down” – August 23
  • Cass Scenic Railroad State Park- August 29
  • Cacapon Resort State Park, The Old Inn, “Family Style”- September 10
  • Canaan Valley Resort State Park, with Blackwater Falls State Park- September 12

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