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Thursday, December 5,2013

Made for this

Epic Race is just one more way this Denver resident takes life to the limits

By Elizabeth Miller
Joe Jensen has a habit of taking a joke to its limits — that’s how he’s ended up running for president, making his first SCUBA dive ever in a shark tank, claiming entries in the Guinness Book of World Records for most rounds of disc golf played in 24 hours, running a marathon and climbing the highest peak in the lower 48 states.
Wednesday, November 27,2013

Snowman: Boulder native braces for avalanche season

Avalanche expert Green's winding path to the CAIC

By Tom Winter
Ethan Green is a busy man. He’s got a day full of meetings, a major fundraising bash has just wrapped up, there’s a storm coming to the high country — plus he wants to go skiing and check out Colorado’s high country, and avalanche season is in full swing.
Thursday, November 21,2013

A new view of coming home

A trip to Greenland was only the start of a life-changing summer for Lyons' Lizzy Scully

By James Dziezynski
Greenland rock is some of the oldest on planet Earth, estimated at 3.8 billion years old. It is solid, beautifully sculpted and virtually untouched. For Lizzy Scully, the opportunity to climb in this remote and primitive place represented the culmination of 20 years of technical rock climbing.
Thursday, November 14,2013

The bicultural advantage

By Frank Bures
Years ago, I was eating at McDonald’s in a Florence, Italy, train station when I spotted three tall men in American football jerseys. I was glad to see some compatriots, so I went over and struck up a conversation.
Thursday, November 7,2013

A lion's share of a rescue

Documentary follows lions rescued from Bolivian circuses that land in a Colorado sanctuary

By Elizabeth Miller
When the Bolivian government passed a law banning animals from performing in circus acts, the legislation was a huge step forward for animal rights activists. But it also presented a problem for the Bolivian government.
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.