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Thursday, May 1,2014

The emerging tenkara, a simplistic fly-fishing technique

Bringing in a fish without a reel and winning people over

By Mallane Dressel
Usually the talk of the town in fly fishing is something progressive, like the next big deal in reel technology, but surprisingly the tenkara method boasts a more simplistic approach, where only a rod, a line and fly, are used. Tenkara purists take the minimalistic concept one step further.
Thursday, May 1,2014

A world running for a chance to walk again

CU alum returns to Colorado to race for a cure for spinal cord injuries

By Alex Solomon
University of Colorado graduate Thomas Cloyd has gone through painstaking changes in his life, both physically and mentally, after a spinal cord injury left him in a wheelchair. The May 4 World Run in Denver, a race organized to raise money for a cure for spinal cord injuries, has prompted Cloyd’s return to his former stomping grounds to do his part to get himself and so many others back on their feet.
Thursday, April 24,2014

Paddle through the parks

With river season on the rise, a survey of options from around the country

By Florence Williams
If the nation’s park units represent the heart of our natural legacy, the rivers flowing through them are the central arteries, the life-blood offering nourishment, habitat, shelter, and, of course, geological beginnings. Best yet for us visitors, they offer fun. As Water Rat says famously to Mole in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows: “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
Thursday, April 17,2014

Planking into the record books

Local teen defies birth defects, eyes Guinness World Record

Gabi Ury looks, acts, and talks like your typical high school sophomore — sure, at four feet eight inches tall, Ury may not be at the head of her class in terms of height — but the lifelong Boulder resident is on the verge accomplishing something very few can say they have: becoming a Guinness World Record holder. She’s tackling that challenge despite facing significant medical issues that required over a dozen major surgeries throughout childhood.
Thursday, April 10,2014

Climb aboard

Science of climbing class brings bouldering experience to kids

By Elizabeth Miller
On a chilly April morning, a school bus pulled up to the Alicia Sanchez Elementary School in Lafayette with some unusual cargo. It wasn’t full of children.
Thursday, April 3,2014

Not all who wander are lost

CWA panel on exploring in your 20s

By Caitlin Rockett
The panel “Wanderlust: Oh, the Places You’ll Go in Your 20s,” at the Conference on World Affairs, will bring together four diverse panelists — from career experts to graphic novelists to musicians — to talk about … well, whatever comes up.
Thursday, April 3,2014

Dancer in the wild

Local collaborative films aerial dancer in the Flatirons

By Elizabeth Miller
High up on the southern side of Bear Peak at the southwestern edge of Boulder, the rock feature known as The Maiden hooks from the ground toward the western horizon. The west, overhanging face became the stage for an unlikely aerial play — a solo aerial dancer.
Thursday, March 27,2014

Are you mentally tough ?

If you want to be truly successful, get your mind in the game.

By Scott Barry Kaufman
In his book The Art of Learning, Joshua Waitzkin describes how he is able to compete, and win, against martial arts competitors much physically stronger than himself by putting his mind into the game.
Thursday, March 20,2014

Variety is the spice of life

Want more skiing and riding options? Buy a season pass

By Tom Winter
Passes get you access to much more than a single mountain.
Thursday, March 13,2014

Stay vigilant

Avalanche safety remains a backcountry priority come spring

By James Dziezynski
This has been a winter of bi-polar conditions in Colorado’s mountains. Strong storms have alternated with warm, wet days to create some of the most unpredictable snow conditions in 20 years. As we turn the corner to spring, it’s important not to let your guard down when traveling in the backcountry.