Adventure

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...

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...

Sandbagging drags us all down

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I’m at the climbing gym and spot an enticing, new orange toprope route. The grade poll taped next to the first hold lists options...

Learning to let go

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Bob Jamieson thinks he’s a regular guy. After a 30-foot fall shattered his ankle and broke some ribs, his back and a wrist three...

Nit nittay garabam: Man is man’s medicine

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As I slid down the hillside, rocks and dirt and plants tumbling underneath me, I remember a scream so loud, it couldn’t possibly have...

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...

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...