Adventure

The Day of the Dead in Cusco, Peru

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"Would you like to go to the cemetery this afternoon?” The question, posed by Pavel, my Peruvian tour guide whom I’ve only just met outside...

Let’s ride, people

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What do you do when you’ve got a couple of weeks to kill, you speak Spanish fluently and you bike like cars were never...

Cold-weather crags

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 Let’s be honest. Being comfortable has never been one of the selling points of rock climbing. Between the ever-present ache of tight shoes, the exposure to the elements and the occasional torn and bloody fingertip, climbers are used to enduring a fair amount of ...

Birds of Fire lives again

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The hike to Chiefs Head, the third-highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), is a haul by any account. Seven miles...

Outside the boxes

As it does for most high schoolers today, Jocelyn’s world came at her in a rush. The early morning alarm gave...

Point taken

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It’s typically windy in Rocky Mountain National Park. On this January Friday, however, it’s relatively calm and warm. With temperatures eking into...

The human factor

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In 2005, Michelle Vanek disappeared while hiking Mount of the Holy Cross, her first attempt to summit one of Colorado’s infamous...

Mountains to climb

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Driving up to Independence Pass for a day of climbing this past September, I gripped the steering wheel with a sense of nervous anticipation....

Biking Vail Pass

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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...

Not more, just better

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The morning after her wedding, Sunny Stroeer meets me at the South Mesa trailhead at 8 a.m. sharp. As I pull into the parking...

Jonny Copp, living long

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In July of 2009, Boulder Theater plotted its marquee letters to read: LONG LIVE JONNY COPP. The Boulder Theater marquis: "Long Live Jonny Copp" Weeks...

A climber’s paradise

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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...