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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.
Thursday, January 8,2015

All grown up

Ouray Ice Festival turns 20

By Tom Winter
And this year the little town of Ouray in southwestern Colorado is going to be throwing a pretty big party. The town, which hosts their annual Ouray Ice Festival from Jan. 8 to Jan. 11, is celebrating two decades on the ice.
Wednesday, December 31,2014

Life like Fritz

Guidebook author Fritz Sperry wants you to go skiing

By Tom Winter
The trail starts at the edge of Frisco and immediately begins to go up. It is cold, but not as cold as it was when I pulled in front of a coffee shop an hour earlier to rendezvous with guidebook author Fritz Sperry. The sun has seen to that, pushing a growing warmth down onto the slopes of Royal Mountain.
Tuesday, December 30,2014

A quest for honest heroes

By Elizabeth Miller
No one has ever lived on the sides of Cerro Torre for more than a few days, and yet the peak has been home to mythic accomplishments, heated controversy, a battleground of climbing ethics and philosophical questions on the innate value of truth, the freedom of climbers and the legacy of mountaineering.
Thursday, December 18,2014

The Abetone advantage

Sun, snow and a privileged location in Tuscany

By Tom Winter
The warm scents of the Mediterranean followed us as we turned inland from Italy’s Mediterranean coast and headed toward the mountains. We could see through the early spring haze that there was snow up there; an unlikely rumor from under the palms that dotted the promenades of the coastal fishing villages.