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2016 Outdoors: For the record

A list of records set in the outdoors in 2016.

Biggest big year: John Weigel, American ex-pat who resides in Australia, identifies at least 778 bird species in North America in 2016 as of Dec. 28. Previous record of 749 set in 2013.

Thin air: Professional climber Melissa Arnot, 32, becomes the first American woman to summit Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen and survive the descent.

Trail speedster: Ultrarunner Karl “Speedgoat” Meltzer, 48, completes 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail on a supported thru-hike in 45 days, 22 hours, 38 minutes.

Rapid transit: Kayaker Ben Orkin, 25, of Denver descends 277-miles of the Colorado River through Grand Canyon in 34 hours, 2 minutes.

Big bucks for bucks: $410,000 bid for a big-game hunting auction tag by Troy Lorenze of British Columbia to hunt mule deer at Antelope Island State Park in Utah.

Clearwater River on Oct. 17 hit 8,850 cfs. The previous record flow in 45 years of record keeping was 8,260 in 1976.

Fishing records include:

  • Yellow Perch (Idaho): 2 pounds 15.36 ounces, by Skye Coulter of Donnelly, at Lake Cascade.
  • Largemouth bass (Washington): 12.53 pounds, by Bill Evans of Bothell, in Lake Bosworth.
  • Black rockfish (Washington): 10.72 pounds, by Steven Charles Orr of Rochester, ocean near Ilwaco.
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