<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Adventure]]> <![CDATA[Rogerís River Run]]> A post-birthday party invite to Cuba Cuba in Denver was supremely tempting the night before Rogerís River Run in Longmont, which occurred on a hot Saturday morning this month.]]> <![CDATA[Aspen, Jackson Hole, Alta, Squaw Valley announce combined ski pass]]> Colorado's Aspen/Snowmass ski resort has teamed with resorts across the West to offer a pass to skiers and snowboarders for the 2012-2013 ski season.]]> <![CDATA[Wet for 50:]]> The river starts as nothing, just a trickle of snowmelt in the high Rockies, the wet drops of a winter’s precipitation falling off of lichen-covered rocks, streaking cliffs in dark zebra stripes of moisture. But it grows bigger quickly. The tributaries, both large and small, feed the monster, until the drops all flow together under the same name: The Colorado.]]> <![CDATA[The 2012 Adventure Bucket List]]> Everyone needs goals. Hence this life list. In the United States, a good case could be made that one of them should be to take more time off. Americans have notoriously few paid vacation days: 12, compared to 21 for Canadians, 23 for the Brits, and 39 for the French. What’s more, you may be hard pressed to find people who actually use all their vacation days. According to a 2010 study by Expedia, the travel company, Americans earned an average of 15 vacation days (paid and unpaid), but only used 12 of them.]]> <![CDATA[Water tested]]> What do you call a guy with no arms and no legs swimming across the English Channel? Philippe Croizon.]]> <![CDATA[Staying active indoors and out on short winter days]]> With winter solstice behind us, it’s true that our daily ration of sunlight has begun to increase. But that’s cold comfort for those of us who begin and end our workdays in the dark. The instinct to wrap up in our snuggies and nest is strong, especially when Boulder experiences a cold snap like the one that recently froze the Front Range.]]> <![CDATA[Elite field set to compete in Boulder Cup Cyclocross]]> As the whistle sounds at Valmont Park during the 2013 Boulder Cup, hundreds of cyclocross racers will sprint all out, jockeying for position in one of the most dangerous starts in competitive racing sports.]]> <![CDATA[Steep, deep and cheap at Berthoud Pass]]> One of the great mysteries of Colorado skiing is how a ski area that racked up more snow than anywhere else in the state, was an hour and 15 minutes from downtown Denver and which had some of the steepest terrain in the country managed to go out of business.]]> <![CDATA[Weather permitting: Patagonian storms push a Boulder climber to test new skills]]> Christmas saw snowy weather around the Patagonian peak Fitz Roy, and Boulder residents Jonathan Byers and Joaquin Espinosa camped at its base, huddled together, wishing for better weather and wondering what would come of the summits both traveled to Patagonia to attempt.]]> <![CDATA[Make your own legends]]> With the tagline, “Make your own legends,” the Adventure Film Festival (AFF) boasts a line-up of 30 films of varying lengths, subjects, genres and mediums to give festivalgoers a taste of adventure, a sense of legends in the making and, hopefully, inspiration to go forth and create their own personal stories.]]> <![CDATA[A quest for honest heroes]]> No one has ever lived on the sides of Cerro Torre for more than a few days, and yet the peak has been home to mythic accomplishments, heated controversy, a battleground of climbing ethics and philosophical questions on the innate value of truth, the freedom of climbers and the legacy of mountaineering.]]> <![CDATA[Cuba at the crossroads]]> This was my father’s car, and now it is mine,” says our taxi driver. “And this is my son, and he will start driving it soon, too.” He nods toward the dark-haired boy in the front passenger seat. My 14-year-old son and I are in Cuba in mid- June, rattling in the backseat of a 1950s Buick headed for Central Havana. We’ve brought a rolling suitcase and a backpack stuffed with toothbrushes, pencils and medical disinfectant wipes to distribute — everyday items hard to come by in this island country.]]> <![CDATA[Mind the gap]]> And Americans stayed tuned in when news rolled out that the women were awarded $2 million for their win. That’s not so bad until you compare it to the $35 million the German men’s team was awarded after their World Cup victory in 2014. And just to drive the point home: the U.]]> <![CDATA[In pursuit of rock]]> Boulder residents Brendan and Chloe Couvreux, along with their 4- and 2-year-old sons, Sky and Tao, won’t be seen around town in the coming year. They’ve rented their condo to a friend, packed up their climbing gear, some homeschooling materials and whatever else they could fit into their newly refurbished Volkswagon Westfalia van, and hit the road headed for the worldrenowned rock climbing walls of California.]]> <![CDATA[Are you mentally tough?]]> Forty seconds before round two, and I’m lying on my back trying to breathe. Pain all through me. Deep breath. Let it go. I won’t be able to lift my shoulder tomorrow, it won’t heal for over a year, but now it pulses, alive, and I feel the air vibrating around me, the stadium shaking with chants, in Mandarin, not for me.]]> <![CDATA[The modern-day climber?]]> Falling didn’t used to be a part of climbing rules. You couldn’t fall. If you did, your life was in peril. “Now I look at climbing as if you’re not falling you’re not trying hard enough,” says Tommy Caldwell, famed rock climber from Estes Park and part of the Dawn Wall duo that completed the alleged hardest rock climb in history earlier this year. “I suppose that’s because of the changes in technology.”]]> <![CDATA[Wanderer of the wild]]> Floating downstream on the Colorado River between the red limestone walls of Marble Canyon on a makeshift raft, John Mattson spots a big drop. The rushing waves of Badger Creek Rapid are ahead. He and his friends scout the rapid for a clean entry.]]> <![CDATA[Colorado's 13ers]]> They are Colorado’s overlooked peaks. Hidden in the shadows of their larger cousins, Colorado’s 13ers number in the hundreds (637, to be exact). And while the 14ers get all the press, the diversity and challenges of these peaks are one of the state’s best-kept secrets. ]]> <![CDATA[Reaching higher]]> Are rock climbers the future of the conservation movement? Brady Robinson, executive director of the Boulder-based Access Fund, thinks so. “At the very beginning, we were motivated by access threats, by our access [to climbing areas] being restricted,” Robinson says of his organization. “In my view, to do a good job with access, you have to do a good job with conservation. If the place isn’t taken care of, what good is it to have access to it?”]]> <![CDATA[Travel tips galore]]>