The issues veterans face are — in some ways — as big and unmanageable as the Colorado River running through Cataract Canyon this spring. At up to 58,000 cubic feet per second, it was flipping so many rafts that passengers in a 12-foot paddleboat just had to expect to swim.
Four ski mountaineers (well, three skiers and one snowboarder) seem to have set a record in Alaska this season. It’s tough to know what, exactly, and from the audible shrug and laugh when he talks about it, it’s clear that Anton Sponar doesn’t much care.
John Fayhee’s always had dogs, he says, in part because it’s behavior for a good citizen — rescue a mutt that might otherwise have a grim future at the end of the line in a shelter and give it a life that includes lots of time in the mountains and it’s giving that dog a winning ticket for the dog lottery. But there’s also a question of what having a dog around adds to your perspective.
I rarely drink before noon, but I’m flying and anytime I fly I simply have to have two beers before I board the plane. It has nothing to do with a fear of flying. I have a friend who’s scared of flying. Legitimately scared. She has to have several glasses of chardonnay and an assortment of pharmaceuticals before she can muster up the courage to check her bag, and even then she’s an emotional wreck.
Boulder is full of the intense, the extreme, the committed. People who climb the highest mountains and kayak the most dangerous rivers. People who jump the biggest cliff and grapple with remote rock faces. In this swirling milieu of the hardcore it’s easy to overlook John Georgis.
Longmont’s own and pro BMX rider, Joey Cordova, returns for his fourth Games
By Alex Solomon
Although Cordova moved to California seven years ago to better his career in BMX, he still has plenty of family in and around Longmont. The homecoming, which the Lyons Outdoor Games’ yearly invite provides Cordova, makes the competition especially significant to the local icon.
Will global warming make this North Pole expedition the last of its kind?
By Elizabeth Miller
Between the northernmost reaches of Canadian soil, at Cape Discovery on Ellesmere Island, and the North Pole, there is a jumble of frozen seawater and ice sheets that break apart and collide together again. It’s like plate tectonics, but these frozen plates are driven by wind, tides and ocean currents.
New Orleans’ Lake Pontchartrain is only 12 feet deep. But that’s deep enough to drown. And you can drown there — that is, if the alligators don’t get to you first. And if the alligators do get you, you won’t have to worry about a coffin. The scraps of your flesh that they leave behind will be eaten by the bull sharks and the alligator gar: ugly prehistoric looking fish with massive jaws full of spiny teeth.
“Training to me is what a cup of coffee and a cold beer is to most,” says professional triathlete Ben Hoffman, who has won Ironman, Half-Ironman and National Championship events. Learn about his training schedule, his competitive drive and his Grand Junction roots at an event at REI
In The Mongol Rally, teams of two race vehicles with engines no more than 1.2 liters from London, England to Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia. Because traveling 10,000 miles in a tiny car just has to sound like a good time. Hear how Team Fagowi survived this journey at Changes in Latitude Travel Store at 7 p.
Earn your brunch this Sunday by joining the bRUNch Boulder for a 5K or 10K run followed by brunch a Centro Latin Kitchen. The running/ brunching continues through June with stops at Beehive Restaurant, Radda Trattoria, Zolo Grill and Chautauqua Dining Hall.
Looking to shed a few pounds (from your backpack)? Hoping to explore the world of through-hiking? Boulder Light Packer’s is a gathering for people interested to learn how to backpack a little lighter. This month’s meeting is at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, at Neptune Mountaineering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.