<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Adventure]]> <![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[Christian Vande Velde wins USA Pro Cycling Challenge]]> Without ever ranking higher in a single stage than the second place he took to Tejay Van Garderen in Stage Two, Christian Vande Velde turned up the speed in the time trial finish to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Sunday afternoon, and won himself the race.]]> <![CDATA[Youth prevails in USA Pro Challenge's high-climbing Stage Two]]> On Pro Challenge Stage Two’s final climb up Hoosier Pass, Lachlan Morton cranked up the speed in a move that saw him surge ahead not to win the stage, but to take the leader’s jersey into Stage Three of the race.]]> <![CDATA[A gentle hand: Boulderite Jan Mitchell makes a difference in Africa]]> Jan Mitchell is going to have to buy a donkey for a family in Ghana. It’s good news.]]> <![CDATA[Beware of tree wells]]> <![CDATA[Classic desert tour offers both pain and delight ]]> If I could recommend only one classic desert mountain bike “tour,” I would choose the White Rim loop. Located in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park about an hour outside of Moab, Utah, the 100-plus-mile White Rim Road offers mountain bikers unparalleled vistas of the vast plateau sandwiched between two mighty western desert rivers, the Colorado and the Green.]]> <![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[There are some special people here]]> The temperate climate, high elevation and stunning views attract athletes from around the world to train: former speed skater Apolo Ohno trained for his first Ironman here, and four-time Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington rents a home in North Boulder.]]> <![CDATA[Climb aboard]]> On a chilly April morning, a school bus pulled up to the Alicia Sanchez Elementary School in Lafayette with some unusual cargo. It wasn’t full of children.]]> <![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.]]> <![CDATA[On the trail to recovery]]> A handful of the hardest-hit sections remain closed as OSMP staff works on plans to revive the damaged trails. The popular Royal Arch Trail was fundamentally destroyed, though the famous natural stone arch at its southern terminus was undamaged.]]> <![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[Ride, run and, above all, race]]> Hour-long cyclocross races are held on technical, hilly circuits and demand a high level of bike handling skill and physical fitness.]]> <![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[Border-to-border]]> In 2013, Ben Masters led fellow Texas A&M graduates — Thomas Glover, Jonny Fitzsimons and Thamer — along with 16 wild mustangs and a documentary crew on a five month ride from the American-Mexican border in Arizona, through Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and finally to the American-Canadian border.]]> <![CDATA[The sport of knaves]]> The attire is sun hats, plaid shirts and jeans. A line of pickups and Suburus are backed up to the field so people can tailgate. Two girls drive by in a John Deere golf cart shouting “Beer?” as a pit bull trots alongside nipping at the wheels. The teams on the field are delineated as red versus blue.]]> <![CDATA[The bicultural advantage]]> Years ago, I was eating at McDonald’s in a Florence, Italy, train station when I spotted three tall men in American football jerseys. I was glad to see some compatriots, so I went over and struck up a conversation.]]> <![CDATA[MORE THAN 2-D]]> No question, the overarching goal of telling the history of climbing in the Yosemite Valley in a single film must have been daunting. This year, Sender Films is using the Reel Rock Film Tour, with its round-the-world schedule that includes hundreds of stops, to showcase.]]> <![CDATA[The golden season]]> The shoulder season could use a PR makeover. Too many people think autumn is a time to stay home between summer camping and winter skiing and snowmobiling. They pack up their camping gear after Labor Day and wait for the snow to fly. But it really makes no sense.]]> <![CDATA[Now you see it, now you don’t]]> John Birchak’s eyes well with tears as he speaks about his first days in Tibet — three days in the sacred city of Lhasa, often spent watching Buddhist devotees walk wellworn paths around and around and around monasteries on Barkhor Street. “During those three days it was absolutely bliss to be in the old Barkhor,” Birchak says. “There are all these street vendors out in front of the buildings, and every morning and every evening there was this beautiful stream of people doing their daily kora, their daily walk, saying their prayers. You just had to step into this stream…” he pauses as the tears form, then he asks forgiveness.]]>