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Friday, August 17,2012

138 skydivers complete airborne formation, shatter world record

For four seconds, 138 skydivers joined together in midair, holding hands and forming a star-like formation. Their synchronized jump set a world record for largest formation, but it wasn't as easy as it sounds.
Thursday, August 16,2012

To the rescue — if necessary

Rescue groups, sheriff prepare for USA Pro Cycling Challenge

By Elizabeth Miller
Rocky Mountain Rescue Group (RMRG), the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, the Boulder Police Department and the fire departments from several local communities are coordinating rescue plans for the Boulder County portion of the USA Pro Cycling...
Thursday, August 16,2012

Ladies first ahead of USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Women’s race schools spectators in Aspen on high-stakes female bike racing

By Elizabeth Miller
Women will come first when cyclists start racing into Aspen on Aug. 22. That’s right, the all-men’s cycling USA Pro Cycling Challenge will be preceded by the Blue Ribbon Alpine Challenge, a criterium race in downtown Aspen that finishes an hour before riders in Stage 3 of the Pro Cycling Challenge from Gunnison are expected to arrive in Aspen.
Thursday, August 16,2012

One stage to rule them all

USA Pro Cycling Challenge brings the competition home for Boulder cyclists

By Elizabeth Miller
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge will spend a week pitting cyclist against cyclist for top rank in a race that claims to be one of the world’s toughest. But when the bike tires turn toward Boulder on Aug. 25 for the last stage of racing before the final time trial in Denver, the race will become personal for a few of its riders.
Tuesday, August 14,2012

Ready to start thinking about ski season?

By Elizabeth Miller
Because it’s never too early to start dreaming about powder, Colorado Ski Country USA’s Gems Card for the 2012/13 season has gone on pre-order.
Tuesday, August 14,2012

Climbing as an Olympic sport?

A conversation with adventurer extraordinaire John Long

In part one of my series of free-ranging conversations with adventurer extraordinaire John Long, we discussed free soloing—the amazing form of climbing that doesn’t involve ropes, and that Largo (as Long is also known) himself helped to popularize as a teenager climbing in California in the early 1970s. Now, with the Games of the XXX Olympiad well-underway in London, I thought I’d take up for our second chat the question: Should climbing be an Olympic sport?
Monday, August 13,2012

Water tested

Quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon takes on some of the boldest open-water crossings of all time

What do you call a guy with no arms and no legs swimming across the English Channel? Philippe Croizon.
Friday, August 10,2012

Outdoor industry threatens Utah over enviro policy

At the just-concluded Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake, the multibillion dollar outdoor industry issued blunt notice to Utah Governor Gary Herbert over the state’s fight to gain control over federal wilderness and BLM land: Be friendlier to the state’s environment and public lands or we’ll take the OR show and the millions it pumps into Utah elsewhere.
Thursday, August 9,2012

Undeniable Denali

Climbers recount a journey to North Americas tallest peak

By Tate Zandstra
He looked bizarre, totally out of place, this Pakistani climber in ragged, old mountaineering clothes, alone, shaking our tent while we tried to sleep, asking frantically for a satellite phone,” says University of Colorado alum and Denver-based mountaineer Alex Harz, recounting a night high on a flank of North America’s tallest peak, Denali.
Wednesday, August 8,2012

A bicycle built of cardboard

After an Israeli inventor heard about someone who'd built a canoe out of cardboard, he immediately started thinking of other uses for the cheap, eco-friendly and surprisingly durable material. Specifically, he wanted to build a bicycle.