<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Adventure]]> <![CDATA[Knock on wood]]> Wood One of the most basic building materials known to humans, wood is the foundation of skis and snowboards. This versatile, beautiful material was used for the first skis. The legendary Austrian pioneer of downhill skiing, Arnold Lund, perfected the first alpine turns with skis made of wood.]]> <![CDATA[One stage to rule them all]]> The USA Pro Cycling Challenge will spend a week pitting cyclist against cyclist for top rank in a race that claims to be one of the world’s toughest. But when the bike tires turn toward Boulder on Aug. 25 for the last stage of racing before the final time trial in Denver, the race will become personal for a few of its riders.]]> <![CDATA[Rockered skis and snowboards make hitting the slopes easier for all]]> What makes his smile at the bottom so large isn't just one of the best days he's ever experienced in his life, or the fact that an expensive overseas trip is paying off, or even that he can eat Swiss chocolate for breakfast. It's the skis he happens to be riding.]]> <![CDATA[Sender Films' Reel Rock 8: Peaks behind the screens]]> At this point, it’s impossible to know whether Pete Mortimer and Nick Rosen could always tell stories in tandem, or whether that’s the product of eight years working together or the friendship that dates to their days as students at Colorado College. But the way the two can riff off one another to build a scene may say everything about how and why they’ve come together to run one of the most successful film production companies, Sender Films, to make movies about the niche sport of rock climbing.]]> <![CDATA[If you build it, they will ride]]> A collaboration between trail developers and land managers has let up to 80 new miles of trails be opened or proposed in the last four years and cut back the number of illegal trail miles.]]> <![CDATA[Building dreams]]> Well, it is something - a mass of rock and ice with scattered alder bushes and some evergreens. But the small sub-peak is dwarfed by its Alaskan neighbors. It seems a strange place for a ski area. The closest large population base is Anchorage, nearly two hours away.]]> <![CDATA[India: An imperfect adventure]]> There are tiny fires everywhere. This is one of the first things you will notice about India — the uncountable number of people and the fires trickling haphazardly toward the smoggy sky to keep mosquitoes at bay. I never saw who lit them or who put them out.]]> <![CDATA[Classic Boulder]]> For many, the best part of living in Boulder is the Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) system, which features peaks over 8,000 feet, abounds with wildflowers in the spring, and has trails that range the spectrum from easy strolls to challenging jaunts that can take most of the day to complete. The Open Space system is a reason why many Boulderites still call the People’s Republic home.]]> <![CDATA[Continental drift]]> Somewhere over the more than two years of interviews that went into making 5 Races 5, Continents, which tracks toward the emotional core of trail running, the conversation among the filmmakers and one of their central subjects, Killian Jornet, turned to the growing popularity of the sport.]]> <![CDATA[Got a dream?]]> The American Alpine Club has launched a series of “Live Your Dream Grants” to support climbers with ambitions for their own improvement and experiences as climbers.]]> <![CDATA[Going down, fast]]> The technique is solid: weight firmly on the downhill ski, eyes ahead, shoulders square. There’s fire in the eyes, determination there. There’s also beauty and grace and something timeless.]]> <![CDATA[Knocked out, but still standing]]> Roy Leckonby is happy. He’s lounging in the corner of a Boulder restaurant, sipping a beer and eating Mexican food. He’s smiling and laughing and soaking up the moment. “I’m blessed,” he says. And he means it. Leckonby arrived in Boulder to attend the University of Colorado in 1996. A hotshot ski racer, he’d grown up speeding down the icy slopes of New Hampshire and other Eastern states.]]> <![CDATA[As long as he can hold his hands up]]> Tucked into an unassuming block on Pearl Parkway — you wouldn’t know unless you investigated — is Front Range Boxing Academy. The out-of-the-way location and rugged appearance create a mystique that blends with a charming grittiness upon entering.]]> <![CDATA[How Much Does It Cost to Climb Mount Everest?]]> How much does it cost to climb Everest? This is probably the most popular question I get asked. The short answer is the price of a a car. The long answer is that it's personal decision that depends on several factors.]]> <![CDATA[Summit seekers]]> Four ski mountaineers (well, three skiers and one snowboarder) seem to have set a record in Alaska this season. It’s tough to know what, exactly, and from the audible shrug and laugh when he talks about it, it’s clear that Anton Sponar doesn’t much care.]]> <![CDATA[Far from tapping out]]> Carrie Barry worked for years to be the first American female boxer at the Olympics. It didnīt happen. Hereīs how she bounced back.]]> <![CDATA[Shoulder season adventures]]> By the time this article goes to print, the streets of Boulder will likely be buried in a wet slurry of dirty snow, and the high country will be harvesting its snowpack foundation for the winter ahead. For those seeking outdoors adventures, the time between late October and January can feel like something of a dead zone.]]> <![CDATA[Great Colorado camping spots]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[A lion's share of a rescue]]> When the Bolivian government passed a law banning animals from performing in circus acts, the legislation was a huge step forward for animal rights activists. But it also presented a problem for the Bolivian government.]]> <![CDATA[Simple singletrack]]> There’s no doubt that there’s plenty of fantastic mountain biking surrounding Boulder. This is true despite occasional grumbling by the singletrack set. Sure, mountain bikers won’t get to taste the charms of the Mesa Trail anytime soon, but once you’ve tired of riding Walker Ranch or Marshall Mesa, instead of grumbling about lack of access, put some energy into something better: planning a road trip to some of the amazingly varied and high-quality riding that lurks within a day’s drive of the Boulder Bubble.]]>