Adventure

Attempting a vertical ski record, amid eating disorders and depression

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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