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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.
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.