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Thursday, September 29,2011

The power of Pyramid Peak

By James Dziezynski
Pyramid Peak, located just outside of Aspen, stands at 14,018 feet and is the 47th highest mountain in Colorado. In contrast to its aesthetically symmetrical neighbors, the Maroon Bells, Pyramid has a raw, jagged quality evidenced in the broken yet graceful lines that adorn the rugged peak.
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Thursday, July 28,2011

Gone to the dogs

Mountainsmith introduces a new line of tents, bags and a deluxe doggy bed

By James Dziezynski
Mountainsmith went to the dogs years ago. Many a stylish pooch has been spotting wearing the classic K-9 dog pack designed by the Golden-based gear manufacturer. This year, bipeds and quadrupeds alike were introduced to Mountainsmith’s new line of tents, sleeping bags and backcountry dog beds — and what is more classic Colorado than a backpacking adventure with your favorite mutt?
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Thursday, June 9,2011

A dream come true

Boulder's cutting-edge bike park set to open

By James Dziezynski
In 1996, mountain biking was finally beginning to hit its stride, evolving from a ragtag group of California hill bombers to a full-fledged Olympic sport in the Atlanta summer games.
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Thursday, May 19,2011

Gearing up for the Triple Bypass

By James Dziezynski
It's more than 10,000 feet of elevation gain over three of Colorado's highest paved passes: Squaw (11,140 feet), Loveland (11,990 feet) and Vail (10,560 feet). There's even the bonus elevation of Swan Mountain Road. While not an official pass, Swan Mountain still climbs to 9,388 feet.
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Thursday, May 5,2011

Climber Glen Denny reflects on Yosemite’s golden era

By James Dziezynski
Another photo highlights a collection of suspect gear: old ropes that seem more appropriate as clotheslines, battered pitons, thicksoled workman's boots and no harnesses to speak of. The serenity and clarity of Denny's photos contrasts sharply with the 1,000-foot drops and perilous anchors that define Yosemite's world-famous climbing walls.
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Thursday, March 17,2011

Outdoor Tech Evolution

Gadgets get more powerful, more affordable and easier to use

By James Dziezynski
Film photography seems so quaint in this age of rapidly evolving technology, though the nostalgic charm is somewhat diminished as I flip through photo after photo. There we are, my friends and I, with eyes closed on the summits of mountains or with big fat thumbs obscuring an otherwise stunning sunset.
Thursday, March 3,2011

It's not about the bike

Open space trail debate brings up larger issues

By James Dziezynski
Boulder's pristine Open Space trails are on the threshold of imminent destruction by an army of adrenaline-fueled, devil-may-care mountain bikers whose insatiable need for speed will inevitably leave behind a wake of flattened children, smashed hikers and scorched earth wherever they seek their hedonistic thrills.
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Thursday, February 17,2011

Colorado dog sledding with Mountain Musher

By James Dziezynski
It's a cold, misty morning in western Colorado. The hypnotic silence, embellished by waves of rolling icefog, is broken by the grinding growl of the customized dog transport vehicle emerging through the haze.
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Thursday, January 27,2011

Boulder Mountainbike Alliance launches new website

By James Dziezynski
The Boulder Mountainbike Alliance was formed in 1991 (originally called the Boulder Offroad Alliance) to give mountain bikers a unified voice in matters pertaining to Boulder County trail use. As advocates of responsible trail patronage, the organization has contributed to the creation and maintenance of many local mountain bike trails.
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Thursday, January 13,2011

Exploring Colorado's backcountry huts

By James Dziezynski
Europe's first backcountry huts were ugly, practical things, hastily made by shepherds who sought shelter from harsh mountain storms. With the onset of winter, the flocks would be brought to lower elevations and the mountain shelters would be all but forgotten for the season.
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