<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Adventure]]> <![CDATA[Colorado Pushes to Add Wilderness]]> It might be late in the session in an election year, but Colorado’s senators continue to push for additional wilderness designations in the state, recognizing the economic and and environmental benefits of untrammeled land. Last week, Senator Michael Bennet introduced a bill to protect more than 100,000 acres of the Hermosa Creek Watershed, an area in the San Juan National Forest north of Durango.]]> <![CDATA[Hiking Switzerland: Around the Alps in 80 Days ]]> The age of real adventure is over. All of the exploring has been done, all of the discoveries made. What a load of baloney. Sure, these days it’s harder—though not impossible—to get yourself eaten by cannibals or kidnapped by pirates. But that’s not my thing. I’m drawn to traveling wild places under my own power, which I’ve done from Tibet to Peru. So where have I had the biggest epic of my life? Easy: Switzerland. Never mind that a century and a half ago, intrepid Brits used Swiss peaks to launch the golden age of mountaineering. Trekking? The Alps are ground zero. You’d be forgiven for thinking Switzerland is the last place to go looking for new adventure. But you’d be wrong.]]> <![CDATA[Many close calls later]]> "It was a miracle really, that neither of us were killed,” says Simon Yates. “We were in this really narrow couloir on Makron Chhish, myself and another guy, when just a massive amount of rockfall started coming down.”]]> <![CDATA[What Happened at X Games]]> Emotions are always high at X Games, but this year’s competition was more powerful than others. Still in shock from the loss of defending halfpipe champion and industry icon Sarah Burke, skiers paid homage to Burke by dedicating their runs to her, flying pieces of “believe in Sarah” flair and speaking to how she would have wanted.]]> <![CDATA[Snowshoe hot spots]]> It’s a shame that Boulder rarely holds enough winter snow to break out the snowshoes on a regular basis. On those occasions when we get significant snowfall, Boulder’s forested trails are a wonderful place to spend a powder day tromping through the woods.]]> <![CDATA[138 skydivers complete airborne formation, shatter world record]]> For four seconds, 138 skydivers joined together in midair, holding hands and forming a star-like formation. Their synchronized jump set a world record for largest formation, but it wasn't as easy as it sounds.]]> <![CDATA[Colorado's two heli-skiing operators share the same mountain range, the same snow and deliver the same stoke]]> The first thing you notice are the mountains. They’re rough and jagged, and they stand tall against the rising sun, etching patterns in the sky. The second thing you notice, because it sits right in front of you, is the helicopter. A bird, waiting to take fight, with you safely tucked into its belly.]]> <![CDATA[Dropping weight]]> In 2008, Alan Carpenter decided to try his first long distance hike. He picked the manageable John Muir trail, a 218-mile walk through the Sierra Nevada mountains, as he says.]]> <![CDATA[Professional at a higher level]]> Waters talks about this season’s challenge with the familiarity and perspective of a pro walking off the links at the Masters. He’s not priming a fairway shot or reading the green, but his view shares the absorption of technical details and evaluation of risk often seen with toptier performers in their field.]]> <![CDATA[‘Mountain Gazette’ halts print edition]]> The venerable outdoor journal, which was founded in Denver as Skiers’ Gazette in 1966, will continue to operate online, and Summit Publishing President Blake DeMaso says he hopes to find a new model for eventually bringing the printed version back.]]> <![CDATA[Secrets under the snow: Vail celebrates 50 years]]> Half a century ago, John Donovan went to his boss saying he wanted to relocate to an office with a ski area nearby. He was pointed toward the October issue of Sports Illustrated and a story about an upstart group of veterans who had picked a valley in Colorado to be home to a new ski resort.]]> <![CDATA[Planking into the record books]]> Gabi Ury looks, acts, and talks like your typical high school sophomore — sure, at four feet eight inches tall, Ury may not be at the head of her class in terms of height — but the lifelong Boulder resident is on the verge accomplishing something very few can say they have: becoming a Guinness World Record holder. She’s tackling that challenge despite facing significant medical issues that required over a dozen major surgeries throughout childhood.]]> <![CDATA[High five]]> Let's face it, we’re spoiled. Colorado has some of the best skiing and riding in the world. Witness the fact that while we get to live here, people from all over the world descend upon our winter paradise each season, hoping to get a weeklong taste of what we get to enjoy all winter. They’re here for powder, parties, impeccably groomed runs and nightlife that ranges from the mild to the wild. Come to think of it, that’s why we live here, too.]]> <![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[Dancer in the wild]]> High up on the southern side of Bear Peak at the southwestern edge of Boulder, the rock feature known as The Maiden hooks from the ground toward the western horizon. The west, overhanging face became the stage for an unlikely aerial play — a solo aerial dancer.]]> <![CDATA[10 reasons to visit a small ski hill]]> <![CDATA[On the groad]]> Not far out of the gates of the “Central Iowa Rock Road Endurance Metric” (or CIRREM, as it’s known in gravel circles), riders started going down on the dirt road in the middle of Iowa. A big guy on my left spilled hard and almost took me out. Another one up front went over and slammed his helmet into the ground.]]> <![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.]]> <![CDATA[Cell phones and web change way we view the slopes]]> Jon Brelig has been at a ski resort on a socalled “powder day,” unable to find the four inches of freshies that supposedly fell in the previous 24 hours. “I’ve definitely been skiing where I did not believe the reported conditions,” said Brelig, a Fort Collins, Colo., native who lives in San Francisco. “I’ve been probably a little duped by exaggerated reports in the past.”]]> <![CDATA[Skating for a cause]]> His System Skateboarding shop, which opened on March 16 at 305 McCaslin Blvd., Suite 2, is holding a grand opening April 9-11. During the first two days, Childers plans to offer giveaways and free food and drink.]]>