Hiker rescued from AT in southern Vermont

A Massachusetts man was rescued from the Appalachian Trail on Wednesday after phoning police to tell them he was cold, weak and suffering from an injury that prevented him from hiking out of the forest. 

Rescue workers located Eric Wrisley, 36, near the Goddard Shelter in Glastenbury, Vermont around 10pm. He was escorted out of the woods and treated and released by Bennington Rescue. 

U.S. Women’s track cycling team takes gold at Track World Cup

The U.S. national track cycling team took Gold in the team pursuit and points race and Bronze in the scratch race at the Track World Cup in Minsk, Belarus on November 1. Chole Dygert Owens, Jennifer Valente, Christina Birch and Emma White clocked their fastest time in the team pursuit since the qualifying round of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Their time of 4:13:616 broke the Minsk Arena Velodrome’s track record. They later won the Gold medal after beating Germany in the finals. 

“Our women proved today why they have claimed three out of the past four titles at the World Championships,” Jeff Pierce, Director of Elite Athletics, road and track told Velo News. “They have been training extremely hard and we are looking forward to continuing their progression as we look toward Toyko 2020.”

Study finds spending time in nature improves kid’s confidence

A study out of England has found that four out of five children report feeling more confident after spending time participating in outdoor activities. The study looked at 451 children who undertook activities such as identifying plants and trees. Researchers discovered that following those experiences, 79% of children said it could help their schoolwork. Children also reported that outdoor activities could improve their relationships in class. Eighty-one percent said they had better relationships with their teachers after spending time in nature and 79% said their relationships with their classmates were better.

“This research shows that children experience profound and diverse benefits through regular contact with nature,” said Nigel Doar, director of strategy at England’s The Wildlife Trust. “Contact with the wild improves children’s wellbeing, motivation and confidence.”