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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.
Thursday, January 22,2015

This is play. Not work.

Brendan Leonard’s day job is to remind outdoorsy folks to have a little more fun

By Elizabeth Miller
When Brendan Leonard found the Banff Mountain Film Festival — and Denver’s Paramount Theatre — filled with puffy coat-wearing people cheering to outdoor exploits, he declared, “Yes, these are my people. I found my people. I imagine some people feel that at a Broncos game or whatever, but that was it for me.
Thursday, January 15,2015

Ground-level gods

A few days on foot in India reveals the everyday divine story and photos

By Elizabeth Miller
Mine, through India’s lower Himalaya, wandered in and out of valleys cut by streams that whispered of centuries of monsoon seasons, the boulders rolled to smooth edges and polished nearly white. Some of the houses we walked by were painted blue or yellow, but most were offwhite or gray.