Life at the extremes

Alaska: reality & mystique

Adventure

When you’re in the ring

The other guy lands another stinging jab on Israel. Then, a flattening smack when his glove slams into Israel’s head. Israel crouches low and pulls...

Call of the Wild

When George Dirth was in elementary school, his mother, Lisa, picked him up early from school on Friday afternoons. They’d head to the tiny...

Chasing dreams at 4 miles per hour

It was hot the day Nigel Knutzen stepped out of his front door in Edwardsville, Illinois. He hoisted an 80-liter pack onto his back...

From a meningitis-induced coma to a Paralympic gold medal

The first semester of college for any student is an exciting time, full of expectations and new beginnings. But for Jamie Schanbaum, it meant...

A day in the life of the Eldora Ski Patrol

The morning dawns clear and cold, the eastern sunrise kissing the peaks on the Continental Divide. Up at Eldora ski area, Travis Brock has...

Climbing fever

About two-thirds into the recent Oscar-nominated documentary Free Solo, Alex Honnold is balancing between two tiny rock nubs more than 1,000 feet above Yosemite’s...

Sandbagging drags us all down

I’m at the climbing gym and spot an enticing, new orange toprope route. The grade poll taped next to the first hold lists options...

Learning to let go

Bob Jamieson thinks he’s a regular guy. After a 30-foot fall shattered his ankle and broke some ribs, his back and a wrist three...

Nit nittay garabam: Man is man’s medicine

As I slid down the hillside, rocks and dirt and plants tumbling underneath me, I remember a scream so loud, it couldn’t possibly have...

Biking Vail Pass

When you first introduce yourself as someone born and raised in Colorado, people typically assume you’re an avid outdoors enthusiast, spending every free moment...

Healing in the national parks

Gil Schaenzle is tough. It’s not her demeanor; she laughs easily and speaks warmly about her family. But this is a woman who once...

A climber’s paradise

I’m swinging from the top of the tallest route at the brand-new Earth Treks Englewood facility, my camera in tow. Looking down at the...
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