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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.
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.