Angela Maxwell Is Walking Around the World for Women

On May 2, 2014, with $12,000 saved, Angela Maxwell left her best friend’s home in Bend, Oregon, to start a five-year walk around the world. There’s no pre-approved path for the small ranks of pedestrian circumnavigators, the dozen or so people who’ve claimed they’ve walked around the world —so Maxwell devised her own route. She traveled the 175 miles to Portland, and then across western Australia. She next headed to Vietnam, where she hiked 60 miles from Da Nang to Hue and then spent three weeks recovering from dengue fever. A year into her circumnavigation, she arrived in Mongolia. One night, a two weeks’ hike from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar, in a valley surrounded by mountains, a stranger entered her tent and raped her. “It was the moment that every woman is afraid of before they go out into the world,” the 37-year-old former business consultant says. After the attack—“it was over in minutes,” Maxwell says—her assailant left. Maxwell packed her gear, hiked a few miles

Hikers Find Human Skeleton in Sierra Nevadas

Tyler Hofer and his hiking partner had planned to summit California’s Mount Williamson that afternoon — not to discover a body.

On October 7, two climbers happened to venture off-route during their ascent of Mount Williamson, a 14,374-foot peak in California’s eastern Sierras. As they were heading up the mountain, they caught a glimpse of a skull in a boulder field. A human skull.

They decided to investigate and discovered a full set of human remains buried beneath some boulders. The hikers also found remnants of shoes and a belt.

“It wasn’t in a position of distress or curled up,” Hofer told the Associated Press. “It was definitely a burial because it was very strategically covered with rocks.” The skeleton apparently lay face up with its arms crossed.

The discovery of the remains led to a full investigation by the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, who successfully airlifted out the skeleton. They plan to run a DNA test for identification.

“This is a huge mystery to us,” said Carma Roper, the Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman. This week, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office released information on the mystery remains. So far, they haven’t found any possible matches in missing persons or search-and-rescue records.

According to the county sheriff’s office, the body — possibly a climber or a hiker — could have been there for decades.

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