The views from Bullhead were incredible, said Adam Ozment, but they kept their focus on Le Conte and reached their second summit of the mountain at 12:30 p.m. Sticking to a printed schedule that they had created before the challenge, the Adam trio then turned and descended down the same side of the mountain that they had just climbed up. From the start, they made a pact: “In together, out together.” Each hiker, ironically all named Adam, agreed that they would all complete the challenge together. However, if one of them couldn’t finish due to an injury or an unexpected circumstance, then they would all end the hike at that point. This is a tale of three Adams— Adam Gravett, Adam Ozment and Adam Williamson. These three hikers had been exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park for months when they decided that it was time to conquer the Le Conte Challenge: hike all six trails to Mount LeConte in less than 24 hours. The challenge would cover 44 miles and require three summits of the third highest peak in the park. At 2 a.m. on May 1, they began their hike on the Appalachian Trail at Newfound Gap and headed straight for the Boulevard Trail. The first eight miles were in utter darkness. Bugs and bats flew at their headlamps slowing their progress. Staying focused and moving was a priority. The Challenge: “Carbs and hydration are vital elements on the trail,” said Williamson. “The head game will bring you down before physical exhaustion,” added Gravett. “BodyGlide is a lifesaver, and epic adventures are a must in life, but they’re even more epic with good friends at your side.” Trio of hikers conquer Le Conte Challenge—44 miles and 3 summits in 24 hours After reaching their first summit of Mount LeConte at 4:50 a.m., they took a break on the LeConte Lodge’s most comfortable couch and then began an 8.8-mile descent on the Trillium Gap Trail. This trail led them through lush landscapes and behind Grotto Falls before entering into the Roaring Fork area of the Smokies. Once the Adams reached the end of the trail, they fueled up on carbs and then headed up the Bullhead Trail. Most hikers in the Smokies will tell you that you never go up Bullhead, but that’s what they did. They trekked 6.8 miles up one of the most heavily fire-damaged trails in the park and knocked out close to 4,000 feet of elevation gain along the way. the three Adams summitted mount Le Conte three times in 24 hours, setting a new trail record. The Rainbow Falls Trail is filled with rocky terrain and passes by the stunningly beautiful Rainbow Falls. 6.5 miles later, they were at the trailhead where a shuttle transported them up Newfound Gap Road to the Alum Cave Trail. The Alum Cave Trail was their final ascent of the mountain and the shortest trail, but also one of the toughest. It included the infamous steps of the Alum Cave Bluffs. They celebrated briefly at the “Hallelujah Turn,” the corner on the Alum Cave Trail where the terrain becomes flat, smooth and takes you straight to the LeConte Lodge. At 7:21 p.m. the three men reached their last summit, but the longest section of the challenge was still in front of them. To reach the final trailhead in Greenbrier, on the Porters Creek Trail, they would still need to cover 9.1 miles of trails and with darkness on their heels. The downhill pace of the last stretch of trail proved to be the most difficult of all, and during the final mile their determination was pushed to the test, but at 1:10 a.m. with 24 hours and 1 minute on the clock and 109,901 steps behind them, the Adam trio completed the Le Conte 24 Challenge.
Moscow, June 24: Argentina midfielder Lucas Biglia on Sunday said that each member of the team needs to dig deep and put in that extra effort for which they are known, if the team is to avoid elimination from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Argentina was held to a 1-1 draw by World Cup first-timers Iceland before falling apart and losing 3-0 to Croatia, but was given a spark of hope for qualifying for the last 16 after Nigeria defeated Iceland 2-0, reports Efe.Speaking at a press conference, Biglia acknowledged that “things did not go well” in their previous matches, but said the entire squad was looking to improve against Nigeria on Tuesday.The AC Milan midfielder, who started against Iceland and was a substitute against Croatia, blamed his squad’s bad performance on both a lack of good playing and a lack of calm, but hoped that the team would find “a turning point” after all the “self-criticism.””We needed a miracle from Nigeria, and it happened – now we bet on ourselves,” he said. IANS
WWE didn’t waste any time making moves during “Raw.” The Miz switched to the red brand during the show’s opening segment, attacking Shane McMahon, who was mocking his father. This seemed to mark the end of their monthslong feud, with McMahon still part of “SmackDown.”The #SuperstarShakeUp is officially [email protected] is taking it to @shanemcmahon on #RAW! pic.twitter.com/4j6g25ykq7— WWE (@WWE) April 16, 2019The most talked-about move of the night — for the wrong reasons — was the “Raw” debut of the NXT tag team champions, War Raiders, who have been renamed The Viking Experience. The absurd name changes extended to the wrestlers, too: Hanson is now going by Ivar and Rowe is going by Erik.MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe heavyweights teamed with The Revival to score a win over the team of Ricochet and Aleister Black — who are officially “Raw” members now after floating between the two main roster brands for months — and Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder in an eight-man tag match.IVAR. ERIK. The reigning @WWENXT #TagTeamChampions THE VIKING EXPERIENCE is here on #RAW! #SuperstarShakeUp pic.twitter.com/IDiiKhRKgB— WWE (@WWE) April 16, 2019Elsewhere . . .Andrade and his valet, Zelina Vega, switched to “Raw:” after spending the past year on “SmackDown” and made an immediate impact, beating intercontinental champion Finn Balor in a non-title match.Andrade’s fellow Lucha Libre star Rey Mysterio came over from the blue brand and interrupted Elias before getting beaten up by Lars Sullivan, who made his “Raw” debut the previous week.The Usos will give a big boost to the brand’s tag team division, which had already become much deeper with The Viking Experience, Black and Ricochet, The Revival, Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, and reigning “Raw” champions Hawkins and Ryder. Of course, all that could change Tuesday on “SmackDown.” Now that WrestleMania in the rearview mirror, the WWE has begun its new year. That also means it’s time for the annual Superstar Shakeup, which shuffles the rosters for “Raw” and “SmackDown” and provides new storylines and matchups.The two-night affair began Monday with a dozen stars making “Raw” their new home. The shakeup will conclude Tuesday on “SmackDown.” The red brand added more star power with two-time women’s champion Naomi and two-time WWE champion AJ Styles. Styles should thrive under the change, given the possibility of big-time rivalries with Drew McIntyre, Roman Reigns and Universal champion Seth Rollins.WWE Superstar Shakeup: ‘Raw’ and ‘Smackdown’The wresters who moved to “Raw” on Monday during the first night of the Superstar Shakeup:— AJ Styles— The Miz— Ricochet— Aleister Black— The Viking Experience— Cedric Alexander— Andrade with Zelina Vega— Rey Mysterio— The Usos— Naomi— Eric Young— Lacey Evans