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Thursday, February 7,2013

New kid on the mountain

Dual Snowboards inch into the winter sports scene

By Meredith J. Graham
When Liz Bailey first clipped her boots into a pair of dual snowboards two months ago, she was a little skeptical. An avid snowboarder, she wasn’t quite sure how these things on her feet would change the experience of gliding down the mountain.
Thursday, February 7,2013

Running out of sight

Michael Stone on his first road marathon ‘blind’

By Stephen Kasica
Stone was born with vision, but never had perfect eyesight. For most of his adult life he has just read his phone extremely close to his face. It was not until Sept. 8, 2003 — a day he says he will never forget — that an optometrist diagnosed him and his younger brother with a genetic disease called Cone-Rod Dystrophy.
Thursday, January 31,2013

Thoughts from a rookie ski instructor

By Dave Belin
I had been asking myself that question ever since I was hired as a rookie ski instructor at Eldora Mountain Resort months before: Why, exactly, did I decide to teach skiing?
Thursday, January 24,2013

Eric Larsen aims for pole position

Adventurer goes southern cycling

By Tom Winter
Eric Larsen is at it again. The Boulder-based explorer and environmentalist has just returned to Colorado from Antarctica after an attempt to cycle to the South Pole, a project dubbed the Cycle South expedition.
Thursday, January 17,2013

Weather permitting: Patagonian storms push a Boulder climber to test new skills

By Elizabeth Miller
Christmas saw snowy weather around the Patagonian peak Fitz Roy, and Boulder residents Jonathan Byers and Joaquin Espinosa camped at its base, huddled together, wishing for better weather and wondering what would come of the summits both traveled to Patagonia to attempt.
Thursday, January 10,2013

Still running: Documentary retells history of women’s marathon record-setter

By Stephen Kasica
After the 50-year-old Joan Benoit Samuelson ran a sub-2:50 marathon in the 2008 Olympic Trials, she announced that she was “retiring.” However, a former Olympic champion still logging more than 50 miles each week does not simply stop running.
Thursday, January 10,2013

A gentle hand: Boulderite Jan Mitchell makes a difference in Africa

By Elizabeth Miller
Jan Mitchell is going to have to buy a donkey for a family in Ghana. It’s good news.
Thursday, January 3,2013

Ice in their veins

Boulder ice climbers share stories and explain the appeal of climbing backcountry ice

By Stephen Kasica
They say every scar has a story to tell, and in ice climbing, a sport which requires its athletes to wear 24 sharp points on their feet while wielding an axe in each hand when suspended high above the ground, climbers often have more than a few of both scars and stories.
Thursday, December 27,2012

Secrets under the snow: Vail celebrates 50 years

By Elizabeth Miller
Half a century ago, John Donovan went to his boss saying he wanted to relocate to an office with a ski area nearby. He was pointed toward the October issue of Sports Illustrated and a story about an upstart group of veterans who had picked a valley in Colorado to be home to a new ski resort.
Thursday, December 20,2012

Finding the past in the present

Climber travels to Chile to photograph changes to glaciers, snowpack

By Jonathan Byers and Elizabeth Miller
Jonathan Byers has blogged about repeat photography working like a time machine — he finds old photographs of the mountains, sometimes in books worth more than his camera, maps out where they were taken, hikes in to that spot, holds up the historic photo and travels to the past for a moment.