Weekly roundup: 30 October 2016

  • Runners World: Ultrarunner Dave Mackey makes tough decision to amputate injured left leg. While a serious leg injury would be difficult and traumatic for anyone, for a keen ultrarunner it must be particularly difficult being barely able to walk, let alone run. Although it would be a mistake to assume that just because there are famous amputee runners that running on a false leg is easy (from everything I am told, it absolutely isn’t), it’s understandable why Mackey has come to the difficult decision that he is likely to have a better quality of life, less pain, greater mobility, and a greater chance of running again if he just goes for the amputation. An interesting article anyway, and we obviously wish Mackey luck, a fast recovery, and hopefully a successful return to running if that’s what he wants to do.
  • Outside Online: What happened to Eastern Airlines flight 980? Outside’s big story this month is two friends who hiked into the Andes in the hopes of finding the black box(es) from a flight that crash-landed in 1985. Although the expedition itself is interesting, the ongoing story of trying to get someone to look at the data on the black box tape they found is, and will continue to be, even more interesting. Some information can be found in their Reddit AMA but this is very much a live and ongoing story and hopefully there will be developments in the future.
  • UltraRunningMom: The Stronger Sex. Interesting post from another blogger about the not-fully-explained fact that, though it is fairly well-established that men perform better in shorter-distance runs, as the distance increases the gap proportionally decreases. Indeed, in some ultras women commonly beat men. The post explores a few of the reasons why this might be.
  • Patagonia: Who’s Nick. I think I mentioned somewhere in one of my recent posts about kit and safety how dangerous Scotland can be for hikers due to the unexpectedly treacherous terrain and unpleasant weather. It’s interesting that, given the UK is perhaps not widely considered a mecca for Winter climbing in the same way as Norway, France and Switzerland, or parts of the US, that so much of the culture and equipment originated and was developed in Scotland. This article touches on that, although it would have been nice if it had gone into a bit more detail.

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