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Thursday, February 28,2013

A frigid wolf chase

Tracking wolves by dogsled in Saskatchewan

By James Dziezynski
Looking at a map of Saskatchewan, one can’t help but notice the glaring lack of human infrastructure in the northern reaches of the province. Civilization fades out on the map just north of the city of Prince Albert, the last significant outpost before the Canadian prairie blends with the sub-Arctic boreal forest.
Thursday, February 21,2013

Continental drift

‘5 Races, 5 Continents’ explores what motivates ultrarunners, whatever country they call home

By Elizabeth Miller
Somewhere over the more than two years of interviews that went into making 5 Races 5, Continents, which tracks toward the emotional core of trail running, the conversation among the filmmakers and one of their central subjects, Killian Jornet, turned to the growing popularity of the sport.
Thursday, February 14,2013

BIFF 2013: Find, save, copy, paste

'Digital Dharma' tells of one scholar’s work to save thousands of Tibetan texts

By Elizabeth Miller
Imagine a trove of knowledge as vast and extensive as the famous Library of Alexandria, heralded for its archives of literature from antiquity and destroyed in the first centuries of the Common Era — burned, in the best of the legends about its destruction, in a fire that took six months to work through the documents that contained what was then the best and most comprehensive collection of the world’s knowledge.
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.