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Thursday, August 13,2015

In pursuit of rock

Boulder family journeys to world-renowned rock climbing areas

By Taylor Winchell
Boulder residents Brendan and Chloe Couvreux, along with their 4- and 2-year-old sons, Sky and Tao, won’t be seen around town in the coming year. They’ve rented their condo to a friend, packed up their climbing gear, some homeschooling materials and whatever else they could fit into their newly refurbished Volkswagon Westfalia van, and hit the road headed for the worldrenowned rock climbing walls of California.
Thursday, August 6,2015

The modern-day climber?

Colorado climbers reflect on how technology affects the ethics of the sport

By Emma Murray
Falling didn’t used to be a part of climbing rules. You couldn’t fall. If you did, your life was in peril. “Now I look at climbing as if you’re not falling you’re not trying hard enough,” says Tommy Caldwell, famed rock climber from Estes Park and part of the Dawn Wall duo that completed the alleged hardest rock climb in history earlier this year. “I suppose that’s because of the changes in technology.”
Thursday, July 30,2015

Are you mentally tough?

By Scott Barry Kaufman
Forty seconds before round two, and I’m lying on my back trying to breathe. Pain all through me. Deep breath. Let it go. I won’t be able to lift my shoulder tomorrow, it won’t heal for over a year, but now it pulses, alive, and I feel the air vibrating around me, the stadium shaking with chants, in Mandarin, not for me.
Thursday, July 23,2015

Wet for 50:

Boulder open water swimmer Matt Moseley looks to set a new record on the Colorado River

By Tom Winter
The river starts as nothing, just a trickle of snowmelt in the high Rockies, the wet drops of a winter’s precipitation falling off of lichen-covered rocks, streaking cliffs in dark zebra stripes of moisture. But it grows bigger quickly. The tributaries, both large and small, feed the monster, until the drops all flow together under the same name: The Colorado.
Thursday, July 16,2015

Wanderer of the wild

World traveler and sportsman John Mattson shares his stories in hopes of a better world

By Natalia Bayona
Floating downstream on the Colorado River between the red limestone walls of Marble Canyon on a makeshift raft, John Mattson spots a big drop. The rushing waves of Badger Creek Rapid are ahead. He and his friends scout the rapid for a clean entry.
Thursday, July 9,2015

Gay rodeo corrals an all-inclusive crowd

Colorado Gay Rodeo steering toward younger demographics

By Emma Murray
Johnson, 25, of Denver, only jumped into the rodeo world in 2012 when he started going to Charlie’s Denver, a gay country bar. Now, a mere three years later, he wears two crowns: the first, Mr. Colorado Gay Rodeo (from the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association, CGRA), which he claimed in 2014, and Mr.
Thursday, July 2,2015

Exploring Greenland's Artic trails

Two Boulderites experience one of the world’s most remote treks

By Miriam Murcutt & Richard Starks
With just three days of food, we set off to test out the eastern tip of the Arctic Circle Trail, heading west in bright sunshine along a dirt road that parallels the Kangerlussuaq runway. We then turned north — magnetic north, which at this latitude is more than thirty degrees west of true north — to pass through the bustling metropolis of Kellyville. Kellyville has a stated population of seven, and while we were there (we stopped for a picnic lunch on a plank of wood that served as the town bench), the seven residents must have been out of town. Kellyville is a scientific community set up in 1983 to study the ionosphere and upper atmosphere using incoherent scatter radar.
Thursday, June 25,2015

From globetrotting to Boulder Startup Week, Andrew Hyde loves an unusual adventure

By Mary Reed
Andrew Hyde sold almost all of his belongings in 2010 and set out to travel the world with just 15 items. (As long as you’re not persnickety about whether the iPhone and its charger are two different items, he really did it with 15 or so items.)
Thursday, June 18,2015

Navigating Nepal

A trip to Nepal showed one filmmaker just how important tourism is to the country

By Caitlin Rockett
Luke Mislinski had been in Nepal for a month by the time he met two of his friends in Kathmandu. The three Americans were milling about the intricate temples and fountains of Durbar Square in the country’s capitol when a Nepali man approached the group, offering a tour of the historic site for around 200 Nepali rupees per person — less than $2 each.
Thursday, June 11,2015

First light from the summit

Boulder-based photographer releases book of shots from 14ers at sunrise

By Tate Zandstra
You feel the fluid building up, and you feel a kind of rattling in your lungs,” says Glenn Randall of a night spent in a snowbound tent in the Sawatch range, high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) slowly drowning him. He’d had the condition before, at 16,000 feet in Alaska.