Slaying dragons

Hanging on

Adventure

Attempting a vertical ski record, amid eating disorders and depression

The dull beam of a headlamp bloomed in the dark as Sean Van Horn’s skis skidded to a stop at the bottom of...

Show-and-tell in the Andes

A while back, astronaut “Buzz” Aldrin, the second man on the moon, asked people old enough to remember to write him about where...

When love is the greatest adventure of all

It’s a curious thing, the way sound bounces off rock. Cup your palms around your mouth, scream into a canyon, and on...

Legends in the field

Down the tunnel of his headlamp light, Luke Nelson saw a frog. It sat in the middle of the trail, somewhere around...

Adventures in the adventure industry

It’s spring, with the last of the snow coating the high peaks and rain moistening the Flatirons’ flanks. Kids are riding bikes...

Life at the extremes

Tendi remembers how his extremities froze in the icy water of the monsoon-flooded river, and the following three days that he survived...

Alaska: reality & mystique

Alaska is one of those places that exists as much in mystique as in reality. The land of the midnight sun transcends...

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...
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