<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Adventure]]> <![CDATA[National Parks Create 10 Times the Dollars They Cost]]> In 2010 the federal government gave the National Park Service $2.7 billion and the return on investment was $31 billion and 258,400 jobs. According to a just-out, peer-reviewed study on the economic value of the NPS, most of the revenue was generated by lodging and food bought by visitors, who totaled a whopping 281 million — the equivalent of 90 percent of the U.S. population.]]> <![CDATA[Colorado's 13ers]]> They are Colorado’s overlooked peaks. Hidden in the shadows of their larger cousins, Colorado’s 13ers number in the hundreds (637, to be exact). And while the 14ers get all the press, the diversity and challenges of these peaks are one of the state’s best-kept secrets. ]]> <![CDATA[Pro Mountain Biker Kelli Emmett at home on the trails]]> It's a surface that has played a substantial role in her life. She spent a good chunk of her childhood laboring on the family's apple farm in Plymouth, Mich. When she wasn't mowing fields, picking apples or pruning her share of the orchard's 15,000 trees, odds were good she was turning laps on an old dirt bike.]]> <![CDATA[Benjamin trail - it's money]]> On the same theme, many fat-tire devotees thought hell would ice over before another foot of singletrack was ever built in Boulder County, especially given the recent chilly weather and the rein statement.]]> <![CDATA[Stay vigilant]]> This has been a winter of bi-polar conditions in Colorado’s mountains. Strong storms have alternated with warm, wet days to create some of the most unpredictable snow conditions in 20 years. As we turn the corner to spring, it’s important not to let your guard down when traveling in the backcountry.]]> <![CDATA[Climber Craig DeMartino asks, What rock bottom?]]> For 11 years, an attitude of refusing to let setbacks and disabilities sit him down on the couch once and for all means that Craig DeMartino is doing more — climbing harder, faster, stronger and smarter — than most people do with twice as many feet as he has.]]> <![CDATA[First aid to go]]> The Comprehensive Medical Kit includes everything a camper on an extended trip would ever need. The kit includes materials for stopping bleeding, cleaning and dressing wounds; splints and triangular bandage for immobilizing broken bones; medications for treating pain, heart attack symptoms and diarrhea; allergic reactions; as well as medication for treating symptoms associated with diabetic shock.]]> <![CDATA[Women’s Wilderness girls program scholarships open]]> Scholarship applications are currently being taken for the Women’s Wilderness Institute girls’ programs. The Institute offers four- to 14-day trips for girls beginning at age 9. Their classes allow girls to try out backpacking, rock climbing and hiking a peak, or delve into a committing trip, like an eight-day backpacking expedition.]]> <![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[Deep space climb]]> There are mountains and cliffs that stand taller than Everest, boulders the size of buildings and craters miles deep that have yet to be climbed. This is the stuff of climbers' wet dreams, and they all exist on other planets..]]> <![CDATA[Road is hikers' lament, jeepers' delight]]> Sorry, guys, just a little rock in the road there.” The “rock,” a German shepherd-size boulder, jarred us, but it was otherwise no match for Jess Caton’s hand-built, heavily modified Jeep. The road is one of the worst — or best, depending on your interest in rock crawling — in Colorado, the often-loathed, sometimes-controversial forest track known as Lake Como Road.]]> <![CDATA[Chasing the White Horse]]> Micah True was a man to be run after. When Christopher McDougall chased him down to write Born to Run, he followed an elusive trail of clues through desert canyons. Time and again he heard that True, the man called Caballo Blanco, the White Horse, had just been there.]]> <![CDATA[Gonzo swimming]]> New Orleans’ Lake Pontchartrain is only 12 feet deep. But that’s deep enough to drown. And you can drown there — that is, if the alligators don’t get to you first. And if the alligators do get you, you won’t have to worry about a coffin. The scraps of your flesh that they leave behind will be eaten by the bull sharks and the alligator gar: ugly prehistoric looking fish with massive jaws full of spiny teeth.]]> <![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[Music in the key of free]]> <![CDATA[Far from tapping out]]> Carrie Barry worked for years to be the first American female boxer at the Olympics. It didn´t happen. Here´s how she bounced back.]]> <![CDATA[No man overboard]]> The issues veterans face are — in some ways — as big and unmanageable as the Colorado River running through Cataract Canyon this spring. At up to 58,000 cubic feet per second, it was flipping so many rafts that passengers in a 12-foot paddleboat just had to expect to swim.]]> <![CDATA[Five Summertime Secrets]]> With the summer solstice in our rearview mirror and the hottest days of July ahead of us, it’s time to take advantage of the wealth of outdoor and other cultural activities that Boulder offers.]]> <![CDATA[Running full circle]]> The week he’ll be inducted into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame, Pablo Vigil is likely to spend more hours practicing his guitar than running, a shift that he says is a welcome change.]]> <![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.]]>