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Why take a picture when you can paint one?

Artist Lisa Martin takes her paintings to new altitudes

By Amanda Moutinho

Reaching the summit of a 14,000 foot mountain, a 14er, fills people with a sense of accomplisment — the fresh air, the beautiful view, the aching muscles. To have a token for their hard work, most people take a snapshot, but artist Lisa Martin paints a picture instead.

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Peeking at an ancient civilization

Chucking the paradise brochures for seasoned tour guides in Greece

By Cayte Bosler

It rains for the first time this summer in Athens during my stay. A welcome plummet to the brooding temperatures. The days are humid and seemingly eternal. The sea swells in ridiculous blues and greens. Whole towns converge to swim. Cicadas hum vacuously in the sultry air.

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SeaWorld sinks deeper

Student activist encourages school to cancel field trip

By Amanda Moutinho

Eighth-grade field trips are not usually a cause of ethical dilemmas. But this year at Alexander Dawson School in Lafayette, the itinerary was questioned by 13-year-old student Phoebe Goldstein. Every spring the school offers a variety of educational trips to both domestic and international destinations.

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Following a true calling

How punk music and poor neighborhoods fed Barry Blanchard’s life in the mountains

By Elizabeth Miller

Barry Blanchard has spent more than 6,000 days of his life rock climbing, ski touring, mountaineering, alpine climbing and ice climbing. At this point, he says, he’s very intimate with those environments, and can recall the textures in the snow, the ice and the rock he’s encountered along the way.

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Schooled in snow

CU’s freestyle team eyes another big season

By Tom Winter

The state is known as “Ski Country USA.” It’s a place of rugged peaks, high mountains and snowy winters. So, if you’re a skier looking for a place to get educated, it’s no surprise that going to an institute of higher education in the Centennial state might be high on your list.

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These teardrop trailers will make you smile

Locally made minimalist camper is a labor of love

By Hudson Lindenberger

Having purchased a set of plans, he rented a cramped, dingy storeroom off Pearl Street and set about fabricating his own trailer, but he quickly found he needed an extra set of hands. His thoughts turned to David.

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Depth of anatomy

An exploration into a rare community cadaver lab

By Cayte Bosler

The cadaver is far smaller than I expected. It rests wrapped in green towels, face up on a silver table in a small, uncluttered space. Small incisions separate the skin from the subcutaneous tissue, exposing a yellowish, fatty layer protecting the muscle wall.

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Traveling with more than good intentions

Why well-meaning adventurites and volunteers sometimes do more harm than good, and how one local adventure company intends to set a better example

By Cassie Moore

On a visit back to his native country, on a trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal, Portland State University professor Bishupal Limbu remembers being uncomfortable because of his shoes. They were nice, they were meant for the occasion and the Australians he was trekking with had on similarly fancy boots.

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Riding for a lifeline

A biking trip to explore a family’s Slovakian roots takes some surprising turns 

By Adam Perry

You do not look like a person who has just biked over 100 kilometers,” Jan “Jano” Rohac of Greenways Travel Club told me, very matter-of-factly, in his thick Slovakian accent as I entered the Grand Hotel Matej in Banská tiavnica, Slovakia, after sunset.

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Allies in the Horse Nation

Nonprofit ‘Tipi Raisers’ reach Boulder on 400-mile horseback journey

By Cecelia Gilboy

I was spending the day riding with participants in a 400-mile ride that’s now passing Boulder en route to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

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Ready to get psyched for ski season? Us too, and this year, we’re turning to Powderwhore, which sought deep powder and steep lines for a dose of that psych. This year’s installation, their 10th, titled Some Thing Else.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30 Speed Record on the Naked Edge and Rab Concept Store Launch..

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Shine: A Celebration of Amazing Women and 17 Years of Women’s Wilderness..

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Mountain Scenic Area, Five miles west of Boulder on Sunshine Canyon Drive, Boulder County, 303-678- 3214..

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1,500 feet of elevation gain. 9 a.m. Chautauqua Ranger Cottage, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, www.naturehikes.org.

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The Front Range Climbing Stewards, created in partnership between the Boulder Climbing Community and the Access Fund, is working to rebuild he Royal Arch Trail, which was severely damaged during the flood in September 2013..

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with diabetes. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, 888-DIABETES, ext. 7020. Yoga on the Rocks..

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MONDAY, AUGUST 4 Citizen Science Hike: Understanding our Air Quality —.

Winter Scene

Desperately seeking snowfall

There´s a buzz building in the air with each cold nip and chilly breeze. Those long, light blue wispy clouds over the western horizon are surely harbingers of wind, freezing temperatures and snow.

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Bring on the powderhounds: Colorado’s ski area overview 2012-2013

By Boulder Weekly Staff

Colorado’s ski season opened this year on the slopes of A Basin, locally loved for its open bowl skiing, steep runs and the “Beach” base area that’s so friendly to tailgating parties. With some of the highest skiable terrain in the country, topping out at 13,000 feet, it’s not a surprise that A Basin’s season is one of the longest.

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50 years of skiing Colorado

By Elizabeth Miller

Talk to a skier who learned in the ’60s and they’ll tell stories of coaches imported from Europe to teach Americans how to tackle obstacles like moguls — knees together! — and ski edges sharp enough to shred your ski pants. Our rocker skis, wide leg stance and Gortex pants are a long ways from those experiences.

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Flying high

Inside Vail’s new gondola

By Tom Winter

The big news for Vail this year is the replacement of the aging Vista Bahn high-speed chairlift with the most technologically advanced lift in North America. Vail’s new gondola is a masterpiece of engineering.

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Fresh winter grub

New dining experiences in Colorado ski resorts and towns

By Adelina Shee

It´s been a long day up on the mountains and the Clif bar you had earlier did no justice to your hunger.

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Spend your money on gas, not lift tickets

Spend your money on gas, not lift tickets

By Michael Callahan

After last year’s lackluster snowfall truncated the number of available ski days, it would be nice if Mother Nature gave a little foresight into what Colorado resorts may be in for in 2012-13.

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Have a quieter white winter

Try snowshoeing, cross country skiing to cut the crowds and noise from winter sports

By Steve Weishampel

If the lyrics to “Silent Night” are to be believed, winter is a time when “all is calm.” But try telling that to someone at one of Colorado’s ski resorts.

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Basic training

Staying safe in the backcountry starts in the classroom

By Elizabeth Miller and James Dziezynski

After three weeks camped on the Carroll Glacier in Alaska, waiting to ski a certain line after it went into the shade, longtime backcountry skier and guide Donny Roth finally set out for the summit. He and his team hiked to within 200 feet of the summit and assessed the situation. It was, he says, certain death.

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Hot gear for the coldest part of the year

By James Dziezynski

May you snowshoe into the deep woods and get a taste of the sublime stillness. And may you partake in some of the sweet winter gear that has been waiting to be dusted off and get on the mountain.

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Kicking butt doesn´t require two legs

How adaptive ski and snowboarding programs are giving athletes with disabilities an edge

By Jessie Lucier

As the ski and snowboarding season is gearing up, people of all levels and abilities will be heading into the high country — some purely for recreation and the sense of freedom that an open mountain can provide, whether impaired or not. But some are heading to the high country to kick some serious butt.

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