DEPARTMENTSTHE DIRTFreesoloist Austin Howell survives a near-death fall and keeps climbing.QUICK HITSLance wins a trail race—people get pissed • Chimney Rock expands • Former Olympian runs sub-five mile for 40th consecutive yearFLASHPOINTCut the carbs? Crank up the workout intensity? Juicy detox cure? 5 common fitness myths debunked.THE GOODSAdventure runner Phil Phelan’s go-to gear for multiday treks.TRAIL MIXFast Hands and Hard Truths: New albums from Larry Keel and Malcom Holcombe.FEATURESTAKING BACK THE GAULEY“Once I got out on the Gauley, my hands shook with each pull through the water, and in the opening rapids, I had trouble rallying the power that I needed to steer myself.”TRAIL HEROESThere aren’t many large black women lining up at the starting line of 62-mile ultras. That hasn’t stopped Mirna Valerio, a Georgia teacher and coach who is shattering stereotypes. Meet Mirna and four other inspiring trail runners from the Blue Ridge.BLUE RIDGE BUCKET LISTMake 2016 the year of no excuses. Check out these 41 regional events that are sure to make your quads crumble, your forearms scream, and your sides cramp. If you live here or play here, these are the must-dos.THE WAY FORWARDUltrarunning legend and multiple national champion Anne Riddle reflects on what the trail has taught her.APRÈS SKINo two words excite snowsports aficionado Graham Averill more than après ski, roughly translated from the French: ‘I drank too much champagne and fell in the hot tub while still wearing my ski boots.’DITCH THE GPSAdventurer Devon O’neil gets lost to find himself.
Still no tickets available for the May 2 megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but between 600 and 700 tickets are expected to go on sale to the general public next week. Prices start at $1,500 per ticket.The retail price for the Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV telecast has been set at $89.95 with high definition available at $99.95.Meanwhile one of Floyd Mayweather’s sparring partners, Don Moore, stated in a recent interview that he’s impressed with Mayweather Jr.’s power and explosiveness during their training sessions.“Floyd, he’s explosive man, he’s strong as hell,” Moore said. “I’m trying to wrap him up, learn from him, ducking and dodging and running off combinations man and he see everything. It’s like man, master of boxing.”Like Mayweather Jr., Moore is from the United States and is also undefeated in his pro boxing career. At 5-foot-10, Moore has a record of 17 wins with no losses and a draw and eleven of his victories came by way of knockout. Other sparring partners who have been confirmed to be part of the Mayweather training camp in Las Vegas are former champion Zab Judah and DeMarcus Corley— who are both southpaws like Pacquiao, who’s holding his own training camp in Los Angeles.While there were rumours that Judah knocked down Mayweather Jr. in their sparring, the former has denied those allegations point-blank. Meanwhile, Corley echoed Moore’s sentiments admiring Mayweather Jr.’s current form and even predicted that the undefeated American will win “at least eight rounds” against Pacquiao.