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Thursday, May 7,2015

Reaching higher

Access Fund and Patagonia present ‘Solid Protection’ event to empower rock climbers as conservationists

By Mary Reed
Are rock climbers the future of the conservation movement? Brady Robinson, executive director of the Boulder-based Access Fund, thinks so. “At the very beginning, we were motivated by access threats, by our access [to climbing areas] being restricted,” Robinson says of his organization. “In my view, to do a good job with access, you have to do a good job with conservation. If the place isn’t taken care of, what good is it to have access to it?”
Thursday, April 30,2015

The road

By Peter Mandel
Walk Japan’s 11-day Nakasendo Way tour will guide my group along the route of an ancient and largely forgotten highway. Dating back to the 7th century, Japan’s Nakasendo was a path for shoguns, pilgrims and samurai — not to mention average travelers like we are — who wore out pair after pair of straw sandals on the rolling terrain.
Thursday, April 23,2015

Living the dream

Adventure photographer Celin Serbo on the journey to holding a most-coveted job

By Mary Reed
For photographers, as for anglers, there’s always that one that got away. Rock climbing guide turned professional photographer and filmmaker Celin Serbo remembers such a shot vividly. It took place years ago on a guiding expedition to Ecuador. He was belaying clients up a headwall on the Cayambe volcano. It was early morning and the sun was just beginning to rise.
Thursday, April 16,2015

Exploring the depths of the unknown

The journey of one ocean explorer to bring a sea of darkness to light

By Devin Blomquist
When world-renowned ocean explorer Robert Ballard undertook a mission to find the wreckage of RMS Titanic, which sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in April 1912, that story was actually a cover operation. In truth, Ballard says, he was on a series of highly classified military missions to find U.
Thursday, April 9,2015

History re-made

Female pilot honors namesake by successfully circumnavigating globe

By Devin Blomquist
At 27,000 feet, Amelia Rose Earhart was soaring over Howland Island, the intended destination of legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart, when she used a small handheld GPS device to tweet the names of the young women who were set to receive flight-training scholarships from her own aviation non-profit organization, the Fly With Amelia Foundation.
Thursday, March 26,2015

Rock, Snow, Water, Ice: Glenwood’s Outdoor Options

Skiing: Aspen is 45 minutes away. You can drive or take the RAFTA bus. Closer yet is Sunlight, a 680-skiable-acre gem that is only 20 minutes from town. With daily lift tickets averaging a mere $45, it’s well worth the visit and will reward adventurous skiers with plenty of untracked snow on powder days.
Thursday, March 26,2015

Powder, paranormal and more: The underrated adventure sports mecca of Glenwood Springs

By Tom Winter
There were ghosts, they told us. Strange bumps and sounds in the night. Lights that turned on and off for no apparent reason. Doors that slammed shut, suddenly and without warning. Things that kept you up at night. We thought about it and then climbed into the deep softness of our bed.
Thursday, March 19,2015

Alone among a billion

By Elizabeth Miller
He’d gone to music school and continued to play music as a creative outlet while building a career at a software company and supporting a family. Writing didn’t need to be added to the list of things he did with his time, but somehow, it added itself..
Thursday, March 19,2015

The everyman ultrarunner

CU grad student runs 12 100-mile races in 12 months

By Taylor Winchell
Greg Salvesen, an astrophysics graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder, didn’t compete on his high school track team. His running hobby began in college with a casual exercise routine, generally peaking around eight miles. In 2008, he completed his first half-marathon. After moving to Boulder in 2009, however, Salvesen was quick to discover that there is no reason to stop moving at 13.1 miles, or even close to it.
Thursday, March 12,2015

All guts, no glory

Local climber Jason Haas is on a mission for self-discovery, and he hopes he never tops out

By Steven Grossman
As Jason Haas clears off a tabletop littered with fake fruits and vegetables, piling them into a plastic shopping cart that barely reaches his knees to the sounds of his giggling son shuffling across the kitchen, the mountaintop solitude that defined his life 15 years ago seems far off. Now a full-time math teacher with a wife and two kids and owner of climbing guidebook publisher Fixed Pin Publishing, Haas is juggling his priorities. Anchored to the delicate balance between the responsibilities of a husband and father and the call of the mountains, Haas has started planning ways to find the adventure and introspection climbing offers him a little closer to home, and he’s setting out to help others do the same.