King Felix

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Adventure

Running local

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There’s climbing all the Colorado 14ers — which typically takes a few years and culminates in the right to wear an “I climbed all...

Metamorphosis

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My hand slipped from the hold. I peeled away from the rock and watched as my alpine draw engaged, unexpectedly extended and snapped away...

Appalling incompetence and majestic triumph on Longs Peak

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As I climbed the steps to Wayne’s condo, I expected him to be thrilled at my news. Wayne was an experienced Boulder climber, and...

Slaying dragons

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In the story of St. George and The Dragon, a town is plagued by a monster, who is only satisfied when the townspeople offer...

Hanging on

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The avalanche that took Inge Perkins’ life in October 2017 was not a massive one, according to the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center —...

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 Aspen’s Buttermilk...

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 they were...

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 a still...

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 9,000 feet...

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 in town,...

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 without food,...

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 time and...