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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.
Thursday, March 5,2015

A home out of doors

One mountain guide on how the mountains have become her country of origin

By Mary Reed
Norie Kizaki’s origin story is atypical for a Boulderbased skiing and rock climbing guide. She was raised in a rural Japanese Buddhist monastery — and if you’re picturing an idyllic gabled temple tucked in amongst rocks and gardens, Google “Nata-dera” and you won’t be disappointed.
Thursday, February 26,2015


When Brolin Mawejj was 12 years old, he made his way from Uganda to America — alone. He had spent his life living in a crowded, abusive home with his father and seven siblings. His journey to America was a mission to escape the abuse and meet his mother, who he hadn’t seen since he was two years old.
Thursday, February 19,2015


It kills one climber for every four who summit, is steeper and has less predictable weather than Everest and is nicknamed the “Savage Mountain.” In 2009, two world-class alpinists, two veteran climbers and a director documented their attempt to summit it — “it” being K2.
Thursday, February 19,2015

‘Drawn’ to create new lines

How an artist and climber created an epic journey for himself and monumental tribute to a friend and mentor

By Elizabeth Miller
What would you do, if you were a 30-something parent with a career and a mortgage, and still felt the call of the wilderness, not just for weekend camping trips and days at the local crag sport climbing, but to venture into the unknown, to climb...
Thursday, February 12,2015


Markus Beck’s made a living out of pushing boundaries, but now those boundaries are pushing back

By Steven Grossman
Markus Beck describes himself as a “risk manager,” and if you glanced at his resume, it’s clear he manages plenty of it. As an avalanche safety instructor and the owner of a mountain guide service, risk is often the one thing Beck can’t avoid. His company, the Boulder-based Alpine World Ascents, has, in many ways, made risk into a business — or rather, the mitigation of risk. But with the U.S. Forest Service limiting the number of active permits allowed on forest lands, teaching other people how to manage risks in the backcountry might just be the part of his business he has to bury.
Thursday, February 5,2015


Thursday, February 5,2015

Dressed for success

Skirt Sports founder on the need for more women in tough sports

By Amanda Moutinho
Nicole DeBoom was watching the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in 1982 as Julie Moss entered her final mile of the race with a comfortable lead and her body began to give up. Moss collapsed and got back up several times until she couldn’t stand, and then she crawled to the finish line.
Thursday, January 29,2015

Adapting the backcountry

Vasu Sojitra takes on some of the steepest slopes, and he never forgets his crutches

Most everyone who’s snapped on a pair of skis has, at one point or another, found themselves staring down some steep, snow-laden hill, wondering how the hell they’re going to get down it. Now, imagine being at the top of that same hill, only you don’t have a pair of skis, you only have one.