<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Adventure]]> <![CDATA[Seven days, 500 bikes and a unicycle]]> Having survived the BC Bike Race (BCBR) in British Columbia and lived to tell enough tales that hometown riding buddies are threatening restraining orders on any further reminiscing, I can say for sure that fat-tired wise, forevermore there is BC BCBR, and AD BCBR.]]> <![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[Riding for a lifeline]]> You do not look like a person who has just biked over 100 kilometers,” Jan “Jano” Rohac of Greenways Travel Club told me, very matter-of-factly, in his thick Slovakian accent as I entered the Grand Hotel Matej in Banská tiavnica, Slovakia, after sunset.]]> <![CDATA[Building dreams]]> Well, it is something - a mass of rock and ice with scattered alder bushes and some evergreens. But the small sub-peak is dwarfed by its Alaskan neighbors. It seems a strange place for a ski area. The closest large population base is Anchorage, nearly two hours away.]]> <![CDATA[Lindsey Vonn...Greatest Ski Racer Ever?]]> Lindsey Vonn is a good ski racer. But how about this: “Lindsey Vonn is the greatest racer ever.”]]> <![CDATA[Man gone wild]]> One week in fall several years ago, Douglas Hill went into the woods. What came out of the woods was a different man.]]> <![CDATA[The high life for M. John Fayhee]]> Even if you are fluent in mountain-speak and can list all of the state’s 14ers in under a minute, grizzled high-country scribe M. John Fayhee has a book for you. Actually, two.]]> <![CDATA[Following a true calling]]> Barry Blanchard has spent more than 6,000 days of his life rock climbing, ski touring, mountaineering, alpine climbing and ice climbing. At this point, he says, he’s very intimate with those environments, and can recall the textures in the snow, the ice and the rock he’s encountered along the way.]]> <![CDATA[Knocked out, but still standing]]> Roy Leckonby is happy. He’s lounging in the corner of a Boulder restaurant, sipping a beer and eating Mexican food. He’s smiling and laughing and soaking up the moment. “I’m blessed,” he says. And he means it. Leckonby arrived in Boulder to attend the University of Colorado in 1996. A hotshot ski racer, he’d grown up speeding down the icy slopes of New Hampshire and other Eastern states.]]> <![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[Collapsible dog bowl is great for going hiking with Fido]]> <![CDATA[Depth of anatomy]]> The cadaver is far smaller than I expected. It rests wrapped in green towels, face up on a silver table in a small, uncluttered space. Small incisions separate the skin from the subcutaneous tissue, exposing a yellowish, fatty layer protecting the muscle wall.]]> <![CDATA[Women's outdoor adventures: Changing choice]]> On a sunny September afternoon in Vedauwoo, Wyo., Mary Jackson stands addressing a group of six women, drawing three circles in the sand with the toe of her shoe.]]> <![CDATA[An ode to the canine life]]> John Fayhee’s always had dogs, he says, in part because it’s behavior for a good citizen — rescue a mutt that might otherwise have a grim future at the end of the line in a shelter and give it a life that includes lots of time in the mountains and it’s giving that dog a winning ticket for the dog lottery. But there’s also a question of what having a dog around adds to your perspective.]]> <![CDATA[Undeniable Denali]]> He looked bizarre, totally out of place, this Pakistani climber in ragged, old mountaineering clothes, alone, shaking our tent while we tried to sleep, asking frantically for a satellite phone,” says University of Colorado alum and Denver-based mountaineer Alex Harz, recounting a night high on a flank of North America’s tallest peak, Denali.]]> <![CDATA[Veterans' hiking program is about breaking through]]> Before getting caught up in the destination — the 19,347-foot-high summit of the volcano Cotopaxi — it’s important to back up and look at the journey. That is, after all, what it’s really all about.]]> <![CDATA[Inspired to ride]]> We’ve all done it — watched a film like The Way and thought about packing up for Spain, or seen 180ş South and considered a life of climbing mountains and surfing new waves. But how often do we turn that inspiration into the impetus to pack up a motorcycle and set off to write our own diaries?]]> <![CDATA[Still recovering, Lyons proud to host 13th Outdoor Games]]> Although Cordova moved to California seven years ago to better his career in BMX, he still has plenty of family in and around Longmont. The homecoming, which the Lyons Outdoor Games’ yearly invite provides Cordova, makes the competition especially significant to the local icon.]]> <![CDATA[Come for the fish, stay for the people]]> Before setting off in August 2011 to float for 31 days down the longest undammed river in the lower 48, filmmaker Hunter Weeks had spent just a little time rafting the Arkansas. It had been 10 years since he’d caught a fish.]]> <![CDATA[Snow wonder: Ski film 'Valhalla' captures the joy of a powder quest]]> Rumor has it the first snow has fallen on the high peaks in Colorado — just a dusting, a promise of things to come. The bubble of hope and possibility rising in the chests of every would-be ski bum at the thought of that is what the latest film from Sweetgrass Productions, Valhalla, looks to latch onto and lift the ski industry to new heights.]]>