Adventure

Climbing fever

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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...

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 deep in...

Learning to fall

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When you fall from something taller than a door frame, don’t tense up, don’t get rigid. As airy nothingness swoops in, however suddenly, and...

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...

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 ...

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...

When ‘plus-size’ is average, why consider it niche?

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The first time Raquel Vélez went skiing, she wore a hoodie and sweatpants under a rain jacket and rain pants, not for fashion’s sake,...

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....

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 way to the...

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 high...

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...