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Thursday, December 26,2013

Growing ice

Local climber prepping to demo the often-overlooked sport of ice climbing at Sochi Olympics

By Leia Larsen
In late August, Aaron Montgomery received some big news via email. The International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation, or UIAA, had officially selected him as an athlete to demonstrate ice climbing to the world during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.
Thursday, December 19,2013

Boulder author recounts how hiking the Pacific Crest Trail changed her life

Gail Storey on the next steps after the PCT

By James Dziezynski
We hiked 20 miles a day up and down the steep mountains of California, Oregon and Washington; nearly died of thirst in the Mojave; kicked steps up icy slopes in the High Sierra; tried not to drown fording rapids; encountered a mountain lion and stumbled through lava fields and boulders as well as the landscape of our ever-shifting feelings.
Thursday, December 12,2013

Boulder author pens homage to skiing

By Elizabeth Miller
David Rothman’s book of essays about skiing has plenty of days when perfect conditions set in, when the rumored miracles were right, when the previously impassable chutes open up. But mostly, it’s about everything else that happens around those days — the hundreds of days a year that aren’t perfect, and the people that live them out.
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.