<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Adventure]]> <![CDATA[Bear Country]]> Nature's alarm clock is ringing early for black bears, and some aren't hitting the snooze button. Recent warm weather in Colorado - temperatures as high as 75 degrees - is stirring some bears from their dens a few weeks early, and officials are.]]> <![CDATA[The traveler’s mindset]]> There is a rumor (online, at least) that Europeans scoff at the low number of Americans who hold passports. As the joke goes, Americans are world-fearing, isolated workaholics who would prefer to squeeze in an extra 15 hours of work a week than vacation for five weeks in Tuscany.]]> <![CDATA[Adapting the backcountry]]> Most everyone who’s snapped on a pair of skis has, at one point or another, found themselves staring down some steep, snow-laden hill, wondering how the hell they’re going to get down it. Now, imagine being at the top of that same hill, only you don’t have a pair of skis, you only have one.]]> <![CDATA[Why take a picture when you can paint one?]]> Reaching the summit of a 14,000 foot mountain, a 14er, fills people with a sense of accomplisment — the fresh air, the beautiful view, the aching muscles. To have a token for their hard work, most people take a snapshot, but artist Lisa Martin paints a picture instead.]]> <![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[Climbing in Colombia: High and dry]]> Climbers are always looking for lines that push possibilities and take their abilities to a next realm. They push the limits of their mental and physical endurance while toeing the fine line between mastery of the unknown and reckless risk.]]> <![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[Running out of sight]]> Stone was born with vision, but never had perfect eyesight. For most of his adult life he has just read his phone extremely close to his face. It was not until Sept. 8, 2003 — a day he says he will never forget — that an optometrist diagnosed him and his younger brother with a genetic disease called Cone-Rod Dystrophy.]]> <![CDATA[Climber Glen Denny reflects on Yosemite’s golden era]]> Another photo highlights a collection of suspect gear: old ropes that seem more appropriate as clotheslines, battered pitons, thicksoled workman's boots and no harnesses to speak of. The serenity and clarity of Denny's photos contrasts sharply with the 1,000-foot drops and perilous anchors that define Yosemite's world-famous climbing walls.]]> <![CDATA[What's it like to ski Colorado? Snowmass has the answer ]]> We looked down on Long Shot, a 15-minute hike behind us, the clouds below us, and the state’s longest ski run in front of us. It was nearing 3 o’clock and would turn out to be our last run of the day, which had been packed with some phenomenal skiing at Snowmass. The snow had been nearly perfect, the lines had been a breeze, and the terrain was nothing to sneeze at.]]> <![CDATA[Denver resident continues search for her father, who went missing in Panama]]> The texture of Panama is changing once again, and as it shifts, an increasing number of reports of foreigners missing or murdered have been coming from the country. And in June, Bob Ehlert stopped returning calls and emails.]]> <![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[Sender Films' Reel Rock 8: Peaks behind the screens]]> At this point, it’s impossible to know whether Pete Mortimer and Nick Rosen could always tell stories in tandem, or whether that’s the product of eight years working together or the friendship that dates to their days as students at Colorado College. But the way the two can riff off one another to build a scene may say everything about how and why they’ve come together to run one of the most successful film production companies, Sender Films, to make movies about the niche sport of rock climbing.]]> <![CDATA[Biff 2012 | Covering higher ground]]> In 2010, to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Eric Weihenmayer’s ascent of Mount Everest as the only blind man to climb the world’s tallest mountain, the same team who went with him reassembled to do a commemorative trip.]]> <![CDATA[Performance -- and sex appeal]]> The Lange Legacy: Innovative boot design and innovative advertising were the hallmarks of this former Boulder company.]]> <![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[Fall is peak time for climbing]]> Colorado%uFFFDs 54 highest peaks, the fourteeners, are already deep into fall. It%uFFFDs one of the most beautiful and peaceful times to climb a fourteener. The crowds have thinned, the aspens are turning, and the threat of lightning has eased.]]> <![CDATA[Major New Climbing Route on Alaska's Mt. Dickey]]> At the beginning of April, John Frieh from Portland, Oregon, and Doug Shepherd from Los Alamos, New Mexico, completed a huge new ice line on the northeast face of Mt. Dickey in the Ruth Gorge of the Alaska Range. The two climbed the ca. 5,000-foot face in two long days, and then descended during the middle of their second night out.]]> <![CDATA[The Abetone advantage]]> The warm scents of the Mediterranean followed us as we turned inland from Italy’s Mediterranean coast and headed toward the mountains. We could see through the early spring haze that there was snow up there; an unlikely rumor from under the palms that dotted the promenades of the coastal fishing villages.]]> <![CDATA[Carrying on with a heavy load]]> For Lakpa Rita Sherpa, there was no question. After five of his men died on the side of Everest in the avalanche that swept down its slopes on April 18, he had two things to do — take the body of a friend home, and then come back to Base Camp to tell his team that for him, the season was over.]]>