<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Adventure]]> <![CDATA[When work is a labor of love]]> Matt Cudmore always wanted to own a ski shop. The idea struck Cudmore in his time as a ski instructor in Germany. Three years ago, the 32-year-old found himself drinking beers with his neighbor in his garage and threw the idea out there again.]]> <![CDATA[In the East Rampart Roadless Area, solitude rules]]> It’s the East Rampart Roadless Area, one of hundreds of places Colorado has proposed to restrict road-building. The U.S. Forest Service in 2008 called it the “largest and least human-impacted area remaining in the Rampart Range.]]> <![CDATA[Growing ice]]> In late August, Aaron Montgomery received some big news via email. The International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation, or UIAA, had officially selected him as an athlete to demonstrate ice climbing to the world during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.]]> <![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[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[‘Days of My Youth’ explores the bliss of freeskiing]]> For a Coloradan, it’s a very familiar sight: skiers perched atop the mountain, staring health, down the crest, ready to launch into the abyss.]]> <![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 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[A bolt out of the blue]]> When she made the choice to call climbing to an end that day at Vedauwoo, a rock climbing area in southern Wyoming, Emily Isaacs was making what she saw as a conservative call on safety. Most of the 12- to 13-year-old girls on The Women’s Wilderness Institute trip she was working as a rock tech for had climbed by lunch, and while they were eating, Isaacs, a wilderness therapist and professional rock climbing guide, started to see the traces of a storm on the horizon.]]> <![CDATA[Pedal on up]]> At the end of the cycling season a year after Timmy Duggan rode on the U.S. Olympic cycling team, he chose to retire. He was just 31 years old and on the edge of what could have been his best cycling years.]]> <![CDATA[Carrying on with a heavy load]]> For Lakpa Rita Sherpa, there was no question. After five of his men died on the side of Everest in the avalanche that swept down its slopes on April 18, he had two things to do — take the body of a friend home, and then come back to Base Camp to tell his team that for him, the season was over.]]> <![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[Iced over]]> In a decade of exploring the polar region, Eric Larsen has had enough time to travel in the Arctic and Antarctic on skis, on dog sleds and on foot. He’s visited penguin colonies and passed polar bear tracks. And he’s started seeing thinner ice, more open water, freeze-ups later, thaws earlier, a change in population in polar bears and retreating sea ice.]]> <![CDATA[A dream come true]]> In 1996, mountain biking was finally beginning to hit its stride, evolving from a ragtag group of California hill bombers to a full-fledged Olympic sport in the Atlanta summer games.]]> <![CDATA[12 for 2012: This Year’s Best New Mountain Bikes ]]> We’ve ridden, tested and evaluated dozens of the most promising bikes of 2012. From flyweight full-suspension 29ers to carbon downhill bikes and a handful of beautiful and revolutionary trail bikes, here are 12 of our favorites.]]> <![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[Venturing out of the box]]> The only thing standing between the complete merger of myself and corporate bliss was a persistent internal hourglass. You know the one. It measures and evaluates the roles we assume in life.]]> <![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[Golden child: Young Boulder skier John Leonard]]> If you haven’t heard of John Leonard, don’t worry. The talented 18-year-old athlete hasn’t exploded onto the action sports scene, yet.]]> <![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.]]>