<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Adventure]]> <![CDATA[Eric Larsen aims for pole position]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[A mountain of preventive medicine]]> Nothing compares to the experience of being in the mountains at altitude, taking in the views, breathing crisp, clean air, hearing the first bubble of a stream at its nascent spring and seeing the tundra climate shrink our world down to miniature — tiny flowers, tiny shrubs, tiny pikas running among them. It’s priceless.]]> <![CDATA[One step at a time]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Sneaky singletrack]]> That's about all you hear this time of year as mountain bike enthusiasts pack up their rigs, load the bikes on top and head west into the Utah desert. And while Moab does sound nice, those who are looking for something a bit different can turn their spring mountain bike road trips into exploratory missions, leaving the crowds behind.]]> <![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[Off the beaten path]]> In his 2004 book, Racing Tactics, Boulder resident and professional cyclist Thomas Prehn aimed to help other cyclists avoid common mistakes and to “ride intelligently,” as he puts it. The 57-year-old plans on utilizing his own advice as he tackles the 10th annual Dirty Kanza 200, a 200-mile ride over mostly dirt and gravel roads through the grasslands of the Flint Hills in Kansas on May 30. Billed as the “World’s Premier Gravel Grinder,” it’s an epic cycling event riders must complete in one day, riding over polished limestone and fist-sized chunks of gravel, through creekbeds that may well be full, given the recent rains, or could be baking in 100-degree heat, all while rolling up and down hills for a total of about 12,000 feet of climbing. Winners finish in about 11 hours. ]]> <![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[Climbing etiquette]]> All climbers should follow “Leave No Trace” principles, plus any rules specific to an area. In addition, climbers should consider the following climbing ethics before tackling a sheer face for rock climbing or heading out for some serious mountaineering:.]]> <![CDATA[Hibernating can lead to depression, lethargy]]> It sure is easy to crank up the heater, turn on the TV and stay indoors during winter. Lots of people do it, and winter weather provides plenty of excuses to avoid going outdoors. Pick your poison: It’s too cold, too wet, there’s too much snow, the days are too short, the roads are too bad.]]> <![CDATA[History re-made]]> At 27,000 feet, Amelia Rose Earhart was soaring over Howland Island, the intended destination of legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart, when she used a small handheld GPS device to tweet the names of the young women who were set to receive flight-training scholarships from her own aviation non-profit organization, the Fly With Amelia Foundation.]]> <![CDATA[Mushroom hunter]]> We are in a mixed pine and aspen forest at about 8,000 feet. We walk slowly, scanning the ground for signs of the golden fungus we intend to pile high in our wicker basket. We have seen everything we don’t want — russulas, puffballs and trash.]]> <![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 Abetone advantage]]> The warm scents of the Mediterranean followed us as we turned inland from Italy’s Mediterranean coast and headed toward the mountains. We could see through the early spring haze that there was snow up there; an unlikely rumor from under the palms that dotted the promenades of the coastal fishing villages.]]> <![CDATA[Boulder has strong presence in upcoming Olympic games]]> Just like Boulder seems to support more than the typical per capita number of bike shops and running shoe stores, this year’s Olympics, which begin on Friday, July 27, in London, will see a stunning 11 competitors from Boulder — all of them cycling or running after medals.]]> <![CDATA[The everyman ultrarunner]]> Greg Salvesen, an astrophysics graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder, didn’t compete on his high school track team. His running hobby began in college with a casual exercise routine, generally peaking around eight miles. In 2008, he completed his first half-marathon. After moving to Boulder in 2009, however, Salvesen was quick to discover that there is no reason to stop moving at 13.1 miles, or even close to it.]]> <![CDATA[Ahead of the finish line]]> The 5:30 a.m. alarm buzzer came a little early, but that was about the only bump in the road along the way to our completion of the 2013 Bolder Boulder. After 16 weeks of training, my 9-year-old son Tim and I had a smooth and fast race on a beautifully sunny Boulder morning.]]> <![CDATA[The road]]> Walk Japan’s 11-day Nakasendo Way tour will guide my group along the route of an ancient and largely forgotten highway. Dating back to the 7th century, Japan’s Nakasendo was a path for shoguns, pilgrims and samurai — not to mention average travelers like we are — who wore out pair after pair of straw sandals on the rolling terrain.]]> <![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[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[Gay rodeo corrals an all-inclusive crowd]]> Johnson, 25, of Denver, only jumped into the rodeo world in 2012 when he started going to Charlie’s Denver, a gay country bar. Now, a mere three years later, he wears two crowns: the first, Mr. Colorado Gay Rodeo (from the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association, CGRA), which he claimed in 2014, and Mr.]]>