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This Week in Sports and Outdoors: January 7, 2016

A standoff at a wildlife refuge, bury reef surfing, skiing in North Korea and more.


A standoff at a wildlife refuge, bury reef surfing, skiing in North Korea and more.

On the Radar

Reads and New Gear

‘National Geographic’ Interviews Alex Honnold

National Geographic talked to climbing legend Alex Honnold about life, death and his hardest climb.

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National Wildlife Refuge Occupied By Armed Extremists

Armed militias occupied a federal building in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in response to the sentencing of two ranchers for arson. CNN has more.

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‘Skiing On Dry Land’ Makes the Best of a Bad Situation

The French Alps might not have the insane snowfall totals that Alta and Crested Butte have right now, but that hasn’t stopped pro skier Nikolai Schirmer from getting after what little is there. Freeskier has the full edit.

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Alex Megos Climbs Spanish 5.15b

Climber Alex Megos redpointed “First Round, First Minute,” one of Spain’s hardest climbs, just in time for the New Year. According to Climbing, the route has likely only been climbed three times.

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Jackson Coffey Does Battle with Coral Reef

Despite a few nasty wipeouts, surfer Jackson Coffey emerged from an Indonesian reef with some incredible POV footage. The Inertia has more.

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Low Snow Totals Continue to Affect Professional Skiing

The Lake Placid Freestyle World Cup was canceled due to insufficient snow levels. The American east coast and the Alps have been hit hard by lack of snow.

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Hermit Kingdom to Welcome First Pro Snowboarders

North Korea may be a terrifying nuclear-armed dictatorship, but it has a knack for producing unusual news stories. An outing led by Snowboarding magazine will visit the country’s Masikryong ski resort. The Guardian has more.

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Reviews and Buying Guides

Advice from the Crew

Staff Pick: Melanzana Micro Grid Hoodie

A relatively obscure apparel company makes one of the best middle layers anywhere. Read the Story

Looking Ahead

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