<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Adventure]]> <![CDATA[Something for everyone]]> Getting yourself on base isnít as tough as it used to be. All you have to do is show a driverís license or other government issued ID, pop open your carís trunk and choose your adventure ó be it a long mountain bike ride, a brutal slog up a peak, or an excursion into the national forest.]]> <![CDATA[Drone season]]> For sporting types like ourselves, the alluring call of the wild drone was not something we could resist. It was mid-morning when we headed out for Deer Trail, a tiny burg that sprouts from the empty plains with an optimistic population estimate of 598.]]> <![CDATA[12 for 2012: This Year’s Best New Mountain Bikes ]]> We’ve ridden, tested and evaluated dozens of the most promising bikes of 2012. From flyweight full-suspension 29ers to carbon downhill bikes and a handful of beautiful and revolutionary trail bikes, here are 12 of our favorites.]]> <![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[K2%uFFFDs deadliest day: The Sherpa perspective]]> "Among mountaineers Sherpas hold nearly mythical status. They have this seemingly superhuman ability to perform incredible climbing feats,” relates Peter Zuckerman, coauthor of Buried in the Sky.]]> <![CDATA[History re-made]]> At 27,000 feet, Amelia Rose Earhart was soaring over Howland Island, the intended destination of legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart, when she used a small handheld GPS device to tweet the names of the young women who were set to receive flight-training scholarships from her own aviation non-profit organization, the Fly With Amelia Foundation.]]> <![CDATA[Going Euro]]> There’s a habit among Colorado skiers to think that their mountain is the center of the universe. And while Vail may be the “best place on the planet” and Arapahoe Basin is where “the true hardcores hang out,” there’s another option to consider. And that’s the fact that as rad as these places are, they really don’t stack up to a place called Europe.]]> <![CDATA[Figuring it out]]> Clark had his first experience with alcohol at age 13; from then on he continued to struggle with alcohol on and off for years. In the late ’90s, despite being a successful businessman with a wife and twins, Clark was still medicating himself with alcohol and pills.]]> <![CDATA[Water tested]]> What do you call a guy with no arms and no legs swimming across the English Channel? Philippe Croizon.]]> <![CDATA[Exploring Colorado's backcountry huts]]> Europe's first backcountry huts were ugly, practical things, hastily made by shepherds who sought shelter from harsh mountain storms. With the onset of winter, the flocks would be brought to lower elevations and the mountain shelters would be all but forgotten for the season.]]> <![CDATA[The lost roots of Colorado skiing]]> Remember when Chautauqua was a ski area? No?]]> <![CDATA[Off the beaten path]]> In his 2004 book, Racing Tactics, Boulder resident and professional cyclist Thomas Prehn aimed to help other cyclists avoid common mistakes and to “ride intelligently,” as he puts it. The 57-year-old plans on utilizing his own advice as he tackles the 10th annual Dirty Kanza 200, a 200-mile ride over mostly dirt and gravel roads through the grasslands of the Flint Hills in Kansas on May 30. Billed as the “World’s Premier Gravel Grinder,” it’s an epic cycling event riders must complete in one day, riding over polished limestone and fist-sized chunks of gravel, through creekbeds that may well be full, given the recent rains, or could be baking in 100-degree heat, all while rolling up and down hills for a total of about 12,000 feet of climbing. Winners finish in about 11 hours. ]]> <![CDATA[In the shadow of Denali]]> In 1967, a joint team of climbers from Colorado and Seattle embarked on a mission to scale the highest point on the continent: 20,323-foot Mount McKinley (also known by its native name Denali). Of the 12 men who set out on the arduous trek to the fabled summit, only five returned alive.]]> <![CDATA[These teardrop trailers will make you smile]]> Having purchased a set of plans, he rented a cramped, dingy storeroom off Pearl Street and set about fabricating his own trailer, but he quickly found he needed an extra set of hands. His thoughts turned to David.]]> <![CDATA[As long as he can hold his hands up]]> Tucked into an unassuming block on Pearl Parkway — you wouldn’t know unless you investigated — is Front Range Boxing Academy. The out-of-the-way location and rugged appearance create a mystique that blends with a charming grittiness upon entering.]]> <![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[Make your own legends]]> With the tagline, “Make your own legends,” the Adventure Film Festival (AFF) boasts a line-up of 30 films of varying lengths, subjects, genres and mediums to give festivalgoers a taste of adventure, a sense of legends in the making and, hopefully, inspiration to go forth and create their own personal stories.]]> <![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[Wanderer of the wild]]> Floating downstream on the Colorado River between the red limestone walls of Marble Canyon on a makeshift raft, John Mattson spots a big drop. The rushing waves of Badger Creek Rapid are ahead. He and his friends scout the rapid for a clean entry.]]>