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Thursday, March 6,2014

A good feeling

Montana inherits Colorado’s backcountry hut wisdom and hits the sweet spot for skiing

By Tom Winter
From yurts to tents to the luxury of Altoona, backcountry huts in Montana is a trend that has been inspired by the rich array of options in other states, particularly Colorado, with its famed 10th Mountain Hut system.
Thursday, February 27,2014

High altitude snow-bound

Colorado ski mountaineer sets sights on skiing the ‘Alaska Family’

By Elizabeth Miller
Anton Sponar, who spends his summers guiding in Chile, has mapped out a plan to spend the early summer in Alaska, working on the trio of peaks called the “Alaska Family,” Mount McKinley, Mount Foraker and Mount Hunter, over a six-week period.
Thursday, February 20,2014

Chronicles of pain and passion

Banff film tour brings a little agony, and a lot of visual fun

By Elizabeth Miller
“The two of us have never done a bike tour and we thought it would be pretty cool to do a bike tour, we’re pretty good friends, we’ve traveled a lot, and, you know, it’s all culminated in the worst trip of our lives,” Honnold says in the film trailer.
Thursday, February 13,2014

BIFF: Get over your Everest ennui

Two films recall the history and renew the inspiration of the Himalayas

By Elizabeth Miller
Two film’s at this year’s Boulder International Film Festival, High and Hallowed: Everest 1963 and Keeper of the Mountains, deliver the stories of people who went to Nepal shortly after it opened to tourists in 1960 to pursue its Himalayan peaks.
Thursday, February 6,2014

Head-to-toe news from the OR show

We came, we got overwhelmed, we learned some new things

By Elizabeth Miller
Boulder Weekly had a staffer who was flitting in and out among the booths of the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City, scoping out some of the latest in outdoor gear for the coming season. Here are a few products that caught some attention
Thursday, January 30,2014

On the groad

Bike racing on gravel roads is gaining traction

By Frank Bures
Not far out of the gates of the “Central Iowa Rock Road Endurance Metric” (or CIRREM, as it’s known in gravel circles), riders started going down on the dirt road in the middle of Iowa. A big guy on my left spilled hard and almost took me out. Another one up front went over and slammed his helmet into the ground.
Thursday, January 23,2014

On the trail to recovery

Most of Boulder’s trails re-opened after floods, some still being rebuilt

By James Dziezynski
A handful of the hardest-hit sections remain closed as OSMP staff works on plans to revive the damaged trails. The popular Royal Arch Trail was fundamentally destroyed, though the famous natural stone arch at its southern terminus was undamaged.
Thursday, January 16,2014

Racing to save bonobos

How one organization redefines the way we conserve species

By Cayte Bosler
Canadian-American novelist Deni Béchard, a recent resident of Breckenridge, has written two award-winning books and explored more than 50 countries. When he heard bonobos, our closest living relative alongside chimpanzees, are going extinct, he set out for the Congo to turn his writing abilities to examining the sole country where bonobos exist.
Thursday, January 9,2014

Chasing the big one

Joel Bettner’s Denali mission

By Tom Winter
The weather on Denali can be beautiful, with calm days and warm sunshine. However, it’s more likely that those who challenge the mountain will face howling winds, impressive snowfall and bitter cold
Thursday, January 2,2014

Four runs with the man

Vail’s top dog talks powder, work opportunities and why he still gets pumped every fall

By Tom Winter
Chris Jarnot skis like you’d expect someone who has spent nearly all of his adult life working in the ski industry does: fast, fluid, no bobbles or unnecessary movements, legs together, turns carved.