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Thursday, June 13,2013

Four hours, three adventures

Easy escapes for summer

By Tom Winter
As the heat of the summer starts to settle in, it’s time to think about escaping the sweltering pavements and overcrowded watering holes of Pearl Street. You won’t have to go far. Within four hours of Boulder, there are plenty of options to leave the crowds behind, cool off and find some elbow room. Here are three of our favorite escapes in summer.
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Thursday, May 30,2013

One step at a time

Overcoming obstacles and climbing mountains with What's Your Everest?

By Tom Winter
When Sarah Hassell climbed her first 14,000-foot peak in Colorado, she felt “an overwhelming sense of gratitude.” It wasn’t due to the view, or the stable weather that allowed her to summit, or even the fact that the friends she climbed the peak with were there to accompany her to the top. It was because she made it up there — higher than she’d ever climbed — due to a stranger’s heart.
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Thursday, March 21,2013

Golden child: Young Boulder skier John Leonard

18-year-old might just be Boulder's first gold medalist in halfpipe skiing

By Tom Winter
If you haven’t heard of John Leonard, don’t worry. The talented 18-year-old athlete hasn’t exploded onto the action sports scene, yet.
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Thursday, January 24,2013

Eric Larsen aims for pole position

Adventurer goes southern cycling

By Tom Winter
Eric Larsen is at it again. The Boulder-based explorer and environmentalist has just returned to Colorado from Antarctica after an attempt to cycle to the South Pole, a project dubbed the Cycle South expedition.
Thursday, December 13,2012

Wooden wheels

Chris Connor’s wooden bikes combine function and art

By Tom Winter
"I’ve been building things out of wood for a long time," Chris Connor says when Boulder Weekly finally tracks him down.
Thursday, December 6,2012

Gear up and get out

Gifts for outdoor geeks

By Tom Winter
If the holidays with the family inspire one thing outside of joy, compassion and a sense of familial love and the brotherhood of man, it’s the desire to get the heck out of doors and leave the noise behind.
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Wednesday, November 21,2012

The Strafe story: How two CU students have created one of skiing's most interesting brands

By Tom Winter
The one-piece ski suit. It’s an object of ridicule. The preferred garb for gaper days and end-of-the-year parties.
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Thursday, November 15,2012

Success by The Book

By Tom Winter
The Book is a result of sweat. Of struggle. Of pain and mishap and, ultimately, of success. The Book is, says Palmer Hoyt, “how I learned how to ski again.”
Friday, October 26,2012

Flying high

Inside Vail’s new gondola

By Tom Winter
The big news for Vail this year is the replacement of the aging Vista Bahn high-speed chairlift with the most technologically advanced lift in North America. Vail’s new gondola is a masterpiece of engineering.
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Thursday, July 12,2012

Six feet and the smell of victory

Burro racing adds feet to the team — and a teammate who may not want to win

By Tom Winter
Burro racing probably won’t be coming to prime time on ESPN soon, but that doesn’t mean that the sport isn’t alive and well in Colorado.
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