Outposts looks back at 2010: Records
With the year ending, it is worth looking back at memorable posts of 2010. Each day this week through Friday, Outposts will recount some of the records broken, the achievements reached, the notable passings and the downright unusual during 2010 in the outdoors, action and adventure world.
The fish, which measured 85 3/4 inches from nose to tail and had a girth of 61 1/2 inches, took almost three hours to land. It has been submitted to the International Game Fish Assn. for approval as an all-tackle world record.
Photo credit: Bill Roecker / Fishingvideos.com
On Jan. 8, the International Game Fish Assn. verified that a 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass tied the all-tackle world record held for more than 77 years. Although the fish was caught in July 2009, I included this on the list because the record was verified in 2010.
Japan's Manabu Kurita, 32, made his catch at Lake Biwa, an ancient reservoir northeast of Kyoto. The fish measured 27.20 inches in length and 26.77 inches in girth.
Photo credit: Manabu Kurita
Jordan Romero, a 13-year-old from Big Bear Lake, became the youngest person to scale Mt. Everest, the world's tallest peak. The eighth-grader's contingent confirmed by satellite phone on May 21 (Pacific time) that his climbing group had reached the 29,035-foot summit.
Romero's accomplishment finished his quest to climb seven of the world's tallest mountains, one on each continent.
Photo credit: Prakash Mathema / AFP/Getty Images
Australian Jessica Watson completed her solo circumnavigation odyssey at the same place she left seven months prior, Australia's Sydney Harbor. Watson, 16, endured controversy from start to finish.
Her parents were harshly criticized for letting their daughter go off alone on such a dangerous journey. And because the World Speed Sailing Racing Council no longer assesses claims for the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the globe, Watson set no official record.
Photo credit: Rob Griffith / Associated Press
The fish measured 57 inches in length and 45 inches in girth. It is now listed as the IGFA all-tackle world record, toppling the standing species record by six pounds. It was confirmed by Missouri Department of Conservation biologists as the new state record, besting the previous state pole and line record by 27 pounds.
Photo credit: Missouri Department of Conservation
The 22-year-old set out on Jan. 3 from Dakar, Senegal, in West Africa and initially planned on arriving in Cayenne, French Guiana. Spotz altered her course to give herself a better chance of reaching land unassisted.
Photo credit: Lucian Bartosik
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-- Kelly Burgess