Adventure

Healing in the national parks

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Gil Schaenzle is tough. It’s not her demeanor; she laughs easily and speaks warmly about her family. But this is a woman who once...

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...

It’s me or Ukiah

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I took a wrong turn — a relative statement given that what I was following was hardly a navigable road. At the foot of my...

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...

A river runs through them

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"Look at all those people!” It was mid-July, and my family and I were picnicking on the banks of the Arkansas River, laughing as we...

Showing up to fear

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The sound of heavy rockfall echoes off of the nearby mountains. Like gophers, heads pop out of tents searching for debris. The smell of...

Eclipsing fear

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This is not a story about danger. This is a story about fear. It’s serendipitous that my most recent exploration of the differences between real...

What does it really take to run for 29 hours and...

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My friend Aisha places a hand on each of my shoulders. “You got this,” she says. “You totally got this.” We’re standing in a campground...

What is CBD — and should I be using it?

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From the front window of Runners High in Golden, Colorado, shoppers can see Lookout Mountain and the iconic “M” on Mount Zion. The tiny...

Three strikes you’re out

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In 2015, on the fifth day of Ride the Rockies (RtR) — an epic multi-day, 465-mile supported bicycle tour of Colorado — I was...

A fresh pair of eyes

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The following story presents another perspective of Emma Murray’s attempt to complete the Wasatch Ultimate Ridge Linkup, which Murray detailed in the July 26...

Where fear and anxiety collide

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I was at the entrance to Devil’s Castle when the first lightning bolt struck. From where I stood, on the rocky ridge connecting Unnamed...