<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Adventure]]> <![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[Continental drift]]> Somewhere over the more than two years of interviews that went into making 5 Races 5, Continents, which tracks toward the emotional core of trail running, the conversation among the filmmakers and one of their central subjects, Killian Jornet, turned to the growing popularity of the sport.]]> <![CDATA[Traveling with more than good intentions]]> On a visit back to his native country, on a trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal, Portland State University professor Bishupal Limbu remembers being uncomfortable because of his shoes. They were nice, they were meant for the occasion and the Australians he was trekking with had on similarly fancy boots.]]> <![CDATA[Keeping up with the Joneses]]> While less than 1.5 hours from Boulder, the area feels remote, far from the hoards that ply Interstate 70 en route to lift-served skiing and the crowded party ski scene of resorts like Copper Mountain and Vail. But the sense of solitude is deceiving.]]> <![CDATA[All grown up]]> And this year the little town of Ouray in southwestern Colorado is going to be throwing a pretty big party. The town, which hosts their annual Ouray Ice Festival from Jan. 8 to Jan. 11, is celebrating two decades on the ice.]]> <![CDATA[Thoughts from a rookie ski instructor]]> I had been asking myself that question ever since I was hired as a rookie ski instructor at Eldora Mountain Resort months before: Why, exactly, did I decide to teach skiing?]]> <![CDATA[Biff 2012 | Covering higher ground]]> In 2010, to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Eric Weihenmayer’s ascent of Mount Everest as the only blind man to climb the world’s tallest mountain, the same team who went with him reassembled to do a commemorative trip.]]> <![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[Running out of sight]]> Stone was born with vision, but never had perfect eyesight. For most of his adult life he has just read his phone extremely close to his face. It was not until Sept. 8, 2003 — a day he says he will never forget — that an optometrist diagnosed him and his younger brother with a genetic disease called Cone-Rod Dystrophy.]]> <![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[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[Rock climber, base jumper Steph Davis: Flying fearless]]> Even after hundreds of skydives and base jumps, Steph Davis says, stepping to the edge of that cliff still brings up a bubble of fear.]]> <![CDATA[Climbing Colorado’s couloirs]]> Couloirs offer an exciting option for ascending many mountains that come with a certain level of risk. It is vital to have the ability to read snowpack and determine the avasee.]]> <![CDATA[The emerging tenkara, a simplistic fly-fishing technique]]> Usually the talk of the town in fly fishing is something progressive, like the next big deal in reel technology, but surprisingly the tenkara method boasts a more simplistic approach, where only a rod, a line and fly, are used. Tenkara purists take the minimalistic concept one step further.]]> <![CDATA[Luna Sandals keep you running]]> <![CDATA[Photos: Big Air event in Denver]]> Denver’s Big Air event on Tuesday night certainly lived up to the name. Fourteen teams of three competitors squared off in the Nature Valley Battle of the Brands event, with Team Armada emerging victorious.]]> <![CDATA[Alone among a billion]]> <![CDATA[Relax on the tracks]]> There’s never traffic at this concert venue, and you always have a designated driver. At 9,242 feet, seven miles from a public road, the only way to get here is by train. In building a concert venue high on this pass in southern Colorado, the Rio Grande Scenic Railway had to haul in everything by train — including a cement truck. Solar panels and a wind turbine were set up to provide all the power.]]> <![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[Rock, Snow, Water, Ice: Glenwood’s Outdoor Options]]>