<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Adventure]]> <![CDATA[Into the Earth]]> The hike started innocently enough: a well-trodden trail from a Utah campground near the small ski resort of Brianhead. Soon, though, we left the trail and started bushwhacking up a steep ridge. The terrain was rough.]]> <![CDATA[Professional at a higher level]]> Waters talks about this season’s challenge with the familiarity and perspective of a pro walking off the links at the Masters. He’s not priming a fairway shot or reading the green, but his view shares the absorption of technical details and evaluation of risk often seen with toptier performers in their field.]]> <![CDATA[Author J. Grigsby Crawford's 'The Gringo' takes a raw look at Peace Corps]]> Only a few weeks into a two-year Peace Corps program, Boulder native J. Grigsby Crawford received a text from his host that read, “Turn off your light and go to sleep. It’s very important that you stay quiet and don’t leave your room.” Outside the house were men in ski masks with guns. They wanted to kidnap Crawford.]]> <![CDATA[Cycling comes to state high schools]]> Such is a common response when people hear about the new Colorado High School Cycling League coming to Colorado high schools in 2010. The cycling organization is part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), a mountain-bike based initiative that has its roots in California.]]> <![CDATA[The future is all down]]> Alex Willie might just be the best bike racer you’ve never heard of. He’s fast, damn fast, and he’s headed for the big time, with sponsorships from some of the best brands in cycling. ]]> <![CDATA[SeaWorld sinks deeper]]> Eighth-grade field trips are not usually a cause of ethical dilemmas. But this year at Alexander Dawson School in Lafayette, the itinerary was questioned by 13-year-old student Phoebe Goldstein. Every spring the school offers a variety of educational trips to both domestic and international destinations.]]> <![CDATA[Racing to save bonobos]]> Canadian-American novelist Deni Béchard, a recent resident of Breckenridge, has written two award-winning books and explored more than 50 countries. When he heard bonobos, our closest living relative alongside chimpanzees, are going extinct, he set out for the Congo to turn his writing abilities to examining the sole country where bonobos exist.]]> <![CDATA[The lost roots of Colorado skiing]]> Remember when Chautauqua was a ski area? No?]]> <![CDATA[Why take a picture when you can paint one?]]> Reaching the summit of a 14,000 foot mountain, a 14er, fills people with a sense of accomplisment — the fresh air, the beautiful view, the aching muscles. To have a token for their hard work, most people take a snapshot, but artist Lisa Martin paints a picture instead.]]> <![CDATA[Peeking at an ancient civilization]]> It rains for the first time this summer in Athens during my stay. A welcome plummet to the brooding temperatures. The days are humid and seemingly eternal. The sea swells in ridiculous blues and greens. Whole towns converge to swim. Cicadas hum vacuously in the sultry air.]]> <![CDATA[Shifting gears]]> What got Rebecca Much into cycling has a similar thread to what she does now that she’s retired from a competitive cycling career that included National Cyclocross Championship and National Time Trial Championship wins. It’s about what bikes can do that has nothing to do with how fast you pedal them.]]> <![CDATA[Where there’s a cause, there’s a runner]]> While it’s too late to get involved with the Wild West Relay this year, you can ink in the event for next year. Learn more at wildwestrelay. com, where you can also sign up as a runner or team for next year’s event, see course maps and descriptions and learn more about how to get involved with both racing or volunteering via Volunteers For A Cause.]]> <![CDATA[Following a true calling]]> Barry Blanchard has spent more than 6,000 days of his life rock climbing, ski touring, mountaineering, alpine climbing and ice climbing. At this point, he says, he’s very intimate with those environments, and can recall the textures in the snow, the ice and the rock he’s encountered along the way.]]> <![CDATA[Schooled in snow]]> The state is known as “Ski Country USA.” It’s a place of rugged peaks, high mountains and snowy winters. So, if you’re a skier looking for a place to get educated, it’s no surprise that going to an institute of higher education in the Centennial state might be high on your list.]]> <![CDATA[These teardrop trailers will make you smile]]> Having purchased a set of plans, he rented a cramped, dingy storeroom off Pearl Street and set about fabricating his own trailer, but he quickly found he needed an extra set of hands. His thoughts turned to David.]]> <![CDATA[Depth of anatomy]]> The cadaver is far smaller than I expected. It rests wrapped in green towels, face up on a silver table in a small, uncluttered space. Small incisions separate the skin from the subcutaneous tissue, exposing a yellowish, fatty layer protecting the muscle wall.]]> <![CDATA[Carbon-offset commuting]]> I love to ski. I’m concerned about climate change. And I have an old car with nearly 200,000 miles on it. What do these three things have in common? Not much — except that they are all related to a goal I set in March to commute by bike this summer the equivalent number of miles that I drove to go skiing last winter.]]> <![CDATA[What's it like to ski Colorado? Snowmass has the answer ]]> We looked down on Long Shot, a 15-minute hike behind us, the clouds below us, and the state’s longest ski run in front of us. It was nearing 3 o’clock and would turn out to be our last run of the day, which had been packed with some phenomenal skiing at Snowmass. The snow had been nearly perfect, the lines had been a breeze, and the terrain was nothing to sneeze at.]]> <![CDATA[Hidden danger at ski resorts]]> The trees at a ski resort beckon to skiers, an in-bounds playground where soft, deep and untouched snow can linger days after a snowstorm. Propelled by snowboards, fatter skis and the ceaseless quest for powder, more skiers than ever are venturing into this winter wonderland. Let the Texans on spring break ski the groomers. Real powder hounds know where to go to shred the gnar.]]> <![CDATA[Yoga can be a circus]]> Yoga as play is something Hall takes seriously. Which seems all the more incongruous in that he%uFFFDs teaching it in one of the United States%uFFFD oldest and most respected Ashtanga studios, the Yoga Workshop founded in Boulder by master teacher Richard Freeman in 1987.]]>