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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.
Thursday, December 13,2012

Saving lives one net at a time

12-year-old starts nonprofit to help fight malaria in Senegal

By Hayley Proctor
In a small African village off the coast of Senegal, where medical care and supplies are scarce and disease and infection abundant, death is an all-too-familiar event. Unless you happen to be an American seventh grader who traveled there with your mother, a midwife.
Thursday, December 6,2012

‘Mountain Gazette’ halts print edition

By Jefferson Dodge
The venerable outdoor journal, which was founded in Denver as Skiers’ Gazette in 1966, will continue to operate online, and Summit Publishing President Blake DeMaso says he hopes to find a new model for eventually bringing the printed version back.
Thursday, December 6,2012

Veterans' hiking program is about breaking through

Soldiers to Summits heads for Cotopaxi, Ecuador

By Elizabeth Miller
Before getting caught up in the destination — the 19,347-foot-high summit of the volcano Cotopaxi — it’s important to back up and look at the journey. That is, after all, what it’s really all about.
Thursday, November 29,2012

A tale of two runners

Boulder ultramarathon athletes Sage Canaday and Cameron Clayton finally face each other to conclude the 2012 season in San Francisco

By Stephen Kasica
One was a collegiate runner from the East. One was a collegiate runner from the West. One was showered in champagne at the end of his first ultramarathon, while the other received five stitches after his ultramarathon debut.
Tuesday, November 27,2012

From Elbert to Everest

Colorado mountaineer Jon Kedrowski talks Sleeping on the Summits

By James Dziezynski
The New Year’s resolution on Jon Kedrowski’s calendar probably read something like this: Do everything!
Wednesday, November 21,2012

The Strafe story: How two CU students have created one of skiing's most interesting brands

By Tom Winter
The one-piece ski suit. It’s an object of ridicule. The preferred garb for gaper days and end-of-the-year parties.
Thursday, November 15,2012

Success by The Book

By Tom Winter
The Book is a result of sweat. Of struggle. Of pain and mishap and, ultimately, of success. The Book is, says Palmer Hoyt, “how I learned how to ski again.”