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Thursday, November 3,2011

Guided beer hikes

Let you drink in the scenery - literally

By R. Scott Rappold
"Make a wish,” said naturalist Paul Gayer. I wished for a beer. Sure, the steep hike up Catamount Trail near Colorado Springs, in the heat of Indian Summer, had left everyone thirsty. But this was more than a longing for some suds.
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Thursday, October 6,2011

Road is hikers' lament, jeepers' delight

By R. Scott Rappold
Sorry, guys, just a little rock in the road there.” The “rock,” a German shepherd-size boulder, jarred us, but it was otherwise no match for Jess Caton’s hand-built, heavily modified Jeep. The road is one of the worst — or best, depending on your interest in rock crawling — in Colorado, the often-loathed, sometimes-controversial forest track known as Lake Como Road.
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Thursday, September 15,2011

Great Colorado camping spots

Make the most of the Rocky Mountain autumn

By R. Scott Rappold
There are more than 23 million acres of public land in Colorado, from dizzying mountaintops to lush valley bottoms, dusty canyons to glassy lakes, where in a few hours’ drive you can escape the noise and traffic of city life for a weekend wilderness adventure.
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Thursday, April 14,2011

Shouldn't Be Alive

As Americans, we love stories about surviving against the odds and the elements.

By R. Scott Rappold
Flip through the channels of cable television on any given night, and you'll probably find a survival-themed reality TV show. I Shouldn't Be Alive.
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Thursday, March 31,2011

Bear Country

Warm temps are rousing black bears early

By R. Scott Rappold
Nature's alarm clock is ringing early for black bears, and some aren't hitting the snooze button. Recent warm weather in Colorado - temperatures as high as 75 degrees - is stirring some bears from their dens a few weeks early, and officials are.
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Thursday, June 24,2010

In the East Rampart Roadless Area, solitude rules

By R. Scott Rappold
Itís the East Rampart Roadless Area, one of hundreds of places Colorado has proposed to restrict road-building. The U.S. Forest Service in 2008 called it the ďlargest and least human-impacted area remaining in the Rampart Range.
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Thursday, April 22,2010

Something for everyone

By R. Scott Rappold
Getting yourself on base isnít as tough as it used to be. All you have to do is show a driverís license or other government issued ID, pop open your carís trunk and choose your adventure ó be it a long mountain bike ride, a brutal slog up a peak, or an excursion into the national forest.
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Thursday, March 18,2010

Beware of tree wells

By R. Scott Rappold
But the trees hold a hidden danger, a threat that is little-known and poorly understood among skiers, one that claims a life on Coloradoís slopes nearly every year: tree wells, deep, soft snow that collects under pine trees and can pull down and drown a skier like quicksand.
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Thursday, March 18,2010

What to do when the kids get bored with skiing

By R. Scott Rappold
Thatís why they chose Keystone, which Pond believes is more familyfriendly than other resorts, with tubing, ice-skating, Ripperoo the ski school mascot, face-painting, balloon animals and other activities around the base area, all to keep the kids having fun when skiing has grown boring.
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Thursday, March 11,2010

It's the snow, stupid

By R. Scott Rappold
The two snowboarders from Denver usually ride the resorts along Colorado's Interstate 70 corridor, a region that an El Nino weather pattern has kept brutally dry this year. As of late January, most central Colorado resorts had bases of just 30 to 40 inches, with hard snow and exposed rock and dirt.
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