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Thursday, October 31,2013

A fighter's chance

Documentary peeks into the backstory of the boys who become Muay Thai champions

By Elizabeth Miller
Colorado native Tate Zandstra has chased martial arts training and reporting as far as Brazil, to study Jiu Jitsu, and Thailand, to study Muay Thai, so it comes as no surprise, really, that when a Burmese maid in Chiang Mai, a city in northern Thailand, started telling him about a Burmese style of boxing, he’d follow that lead wherever it took him.
Thursday, October 24,2013

A mountain of preventive medicine

Professional guiding association adjusts, adding unprecedented high altitude medicine seminar

By Elizabeth Miller
Nothing compares to the experience of being in the mountains at altitude, taking in the views, breathing crisp, clean air, hearing the first bubble of a stream at its nascent spring and seeing the tundra climate shrink our world down to miniature — tiny flowers, tiny shrubs, tiny pikas running among them. It’s priceless.
Thursday, October 17,2013

Author J. Grigsby Crawford's 'The Gringo' takes a raw look at Peace Corps

Boulder native’s memoir mixes a critique with a personal account of danger and loneliness in Ecuador

By Zak Weinberg
Only a few weeks into a two-year Peace Corps program, Boulder native J. Grigsby Crawford received a text from his host that read, “Turn off your light and go to sleep. It’s very important that you stay quiet and don’t leave your room.” Outside the house were men in ski masks with guns. They wanted to kidnap Crawford.
Thursday, October 10,2013

Elite field set to compete in Boulder Cup Cyclocross

Colorado's Katie Compton talks about prepping for her comeback

By Zak Weinberg
As the whistle sounds at Valmont Park during the 2013 Boulder Cup, hundreds of cyclocross racers will sprint all out, jockeying for position in one of the most dangerous starts in competitive racing sports.
Thursday, October 3,2013

One runner's high: 'In the High Country' at Adventure Film Festival

Impressionistic portrait of ultrarunner Anton Krupicka to screen at Adventure Film Festival

By Elizabeth Miller
If you want to get to know an ultrarunner, it takes more than spending a mile in his shoes. In fact, forget the shoes. Spend miles alongside him everywhere from the rolling asphalt of roads in farm country Nebraska to the foothills he frequents in training runs to the high, snowy peaks he revisits and explores in varying conditions.
Thursday, October 3,2013

Looking away from the past: 'Duk County' at Adventure Film Festival

Documentary on curing blindness shines a light on South Sudan’s turbulent history — and future

By Elizabeth Miller
Jordan Campbell’s journey to South Sudan, and the film documenting the volunteer work of eye doctors from the U.S. there, started far across the globe in Tibet.
Thursday, September 26,2013

Sleep reps

Fueling your best self by shutting down for a while

By Matt Hoskins
In America, we seem to forget that regular exercise does more good than to just burn fat and make our buns look good on the beach. A healthy exercise program also reduces stress, rejuvenates our physical self and strengthens coordinated communication between mind and body.
Thursday, September 26,2013

A pilgrimage close to home

A contemplative and spiritual tour of Taos

By Diana Rico
The young man balances himself atop the tall pole, gleaming with sweat, and faces the direction of the sun. The pole represents the Tree of Life, and he has struggled to make it up to its pinnacle, competing against other youths showing off their daring to an enthusiastic crowd.
Thursday, September 19,2013

Snow wonder: Ski film 'Valhalla' captures the joy of a powder quest

Newest skiing film from Sweetgrass to screen in Boulder Sept. 26

By Elizabeth Miller
Rumor has it the first snow has fallen on the high peaks in Colorado — just a dusting, a promise of things to come. The bubble of hope and possibility rising in the chests of every would-be ski bum at the thought of that is what the latest film from Sweetgrass Productions, Valhalla, looks to latch onto and lift the ski industry to new heights.
Thursday, September 12,2013

Sender Films' Reel Rock 8: Peaks behind the screens

Eighth Reel Rock marks new heights for Boulder filmmakers who pioneered rock climbing films

By Elizabeth Miller
At this point, it’s impossible to know whether Pete Mortimer and Nick Rosen could always tell stories in tandem, or whether that’s the product of eight years working together or the friendship that dates to their days as students at Colorado College. But the way the two can riff off one another to build a scene may say everything about how and why they’ve come together to run one of the most successful film production companies, Sender Films, to make movies about the niche sport of rock climbing.