<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Adventure]]> <![CDATA[In pursuit of rock]]> Boulder residents Brendan and Chloe Couvreux, along with their 4- and 2-year-old sons, Sky and Tao, won’t be seen around town in the coming year. They’ve rented their condo to a friend, packed up their climbing gear, some homeschooling materials and whatever else they could fit into their newly refurbished Volkswagon Westfalia van, and hit the road headed for the worldrenowned rock climbing walls of California.]]> <![CDATA[Cuba at the crossroads]]> This was my father’s car, and now it is mine,” says our taxi driver. “And this is my son, and he will start driving it soon, too.” He nods toward the dark-haired boy in the front passenger seat. My 14-year-old son and I are in Cuba in mid- June, rattling in the backseat of a 1950s Buick headed for Central Havana. We’ve brought a rolling suitcase and a backpack stuffed with toothbrushes, pencils and medical disinfectant wipes to distribute — everyday items hard to come by in this island country.]]> <![CDATA[Mind the gap]]> And Americans stayed tuned in when news rolled out that the women were awarded $2 million for their win. That’s not so bad until you compare it to the $35 million the German men’s team was awarded after their World Cup victory in 2014. And just to drive the point home: the U.]]> <![CDATA[Ahead of the finish line]]> The 5:30 a.m. alarm buzzer came a little early, but that was about the only bump in the road along the way to our completion of the 2013 Bolder Boulder. After 16 weeks of training, my 9-year-old son Tim and I had a smooth and fast race on a beautifully sunny Boulder morning.]]> <![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[Are you mentally tough?]]> Forty seconds before round two, and I’m lying on my back trying to breathe. Pain all through me. Deep breath. Let it go. I won’t be able to lift my shoulder tomorrow, it won’t heal for over a year, but now it pulses, alive, and I feel the air vibrating around me, the stadium shaking with chants, in Mandarin, not for me.]]> <![CDATA[Wet for 50:]]> The river starts as nothing, just a trickle of snowmelt in the high Rockies, the wet drops of a winter’s precipitation falling off of lichen-covered rocks, streaking cliffs in dark zebra stripes of moisture. But it grows bigger quickly. The tributaries, both large and small, feed the monster, until the drops all flow together under the same name: The Colorado.]]> <![CDATA[Shoulder season adventures]]> By the time this article goes to print, the streets of Boulder will likely be buried in a wet slurry of dirty snow, and the high country will be harvesting its snowpack foundation for the winter ahead. For those seeking outdoors adventures, the time between late October and January can feel like something of a dead zone.]]> <![CDATA[Running Wild]]> That%uFFFDs the Wild West Relay race in a nutshell. Pain, suffering and blisters are guaranteed, new shoes after the race are optional. The pain is made easier by the fact that the Wild West is a relay. That means that you%uFFFDll get some sleep. You%uFFFDll be able to share your suffering with others.]]> <![CDATA[Getting wet]]> Blame it on Boulder. At least that’s where author, adventurer and Boulder native Eugene Buchanan lays responsibility for an interesting, eclectic life that has taken him around the globe in search of steep rapids on remote rivers and some not so steep and rapid.]]> <![CDATA[Collapsible dog bowl is great for going hiking with Fido]]> <![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[Powder, paranormal and more: The underrated adventure sports mecca of Glenwood Springs]]> There were ghosts, they told us. Strange bumps and sounds in the night. Lights that turned on and off for no apparent reason. Doors that slammed shut, suddenly and without warning. Things that kept you up at night. We thought about it and then climbed into the deep softness of our bed.]]> <![CDATA[Rock, Snow, Water, Ice: Glenwood’s Outdoor Options]]> <![CDATA[Carbon-offset commuting]]> I love to ski. I’m concerned about climate change. And I have an old car with nearly 200,000 miles on it. What do these three things have in common? Not much — except that they are all related to a goal I set in March to commute by bike this summer the equivalent number of miles that I drove to go skiing last winter.]]> <![CDATA[Sagan takes his second stage victory in third day of USA Pro Challenge]]> Peter Sagan spent his day buried in the peloton, saving up his speed for the final push to the finish, emerging out of a chaotic field of sprinters to take the win for Stage Three of the USA Pro Challenge.]]> <![CDATA[Take this strengthtraining book to the gym]]> <![CDATA[Can you have the Wild West and your blueberry mojitos, too?]]> Erin and I are off itinerary. It’s after 1:30 p.m. when we look up at the clock in the WabiSabi thrift store in downtown Moab and realize we’ve missed our lunch reservation by an hour.]]> <![CDATA[From globetrotting to Boulder Startup Week, Andrew Hyde loves an unusual adventure]]> Andrew Hyde sold almost all of his belongings in 2010 and set out to travel the world with just 15 items. (As long as you’re not persnickety about whether the iPhone and its charger are two different items, he really did it with 15 or so items.)]]> <![CDATA[Classic Boulder]]> For many, the best part of living in Boulder is the Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) system, which features peaks over 8,000 feet, abounds with wildflowers in the spring, and has trails that range the spectrum from easy strolls to challenging jaunts that can take most of the day to complete. The Open Space system is a reason why many Boulderites still call the People’s Republic home.]]>