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Adventure

From globetrotting to Boulder Startup Week, Andrew Hyde loves an unusual adventure

By Mary Reed

Andrew Hyde sold almost all of his belongings in 2010 and set out to travel the world with just 15 items. (As long as you’re not persnickety about whether the iPhone and its charger are two different items, he really did it with 15 or so items.)

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Navigating Nepal

A trip to Nepal showed one filmmaker just how important tourism is to the country

By Caitlin Rockett

Luke Mislinski had been in Nepal for a month by the time he met two of his friends in Kathmandu. The three Americans were milling about the intricate temples and fountains of Durbar Square in the country’s capitol when a Nepali man approached the group, offering a tour of the historic site for around 200 Nepali rupees per person — less than $2 each.

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First light from the summit

Boulder-based photographer releases book of shots from 14ers at sunrise

By Tate Zandstra

You feel the fluid building up, and you feel a kind of rattling in your lungs,” says Glenn Randall of a night spent in a snowbound tent in the Sawatch range, high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) slowly drowning him. He’d had the condition before, at 16,000 feet in Alaska.

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Petitioning the Overseers

The hows and whys of river trips down the San Juan

By Dave Kirby

For most river runners in the West, the middle of February is the real start of the whitewater season, a kind of college acceptance-letter week. While all of the great multi-day river trips through the canyons of the Colorado Plateau are regulated by the fickle swoons of weather and snowpack from year to year, most of them are also governed by the U.

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Off the beaten path

Boulder cyclist Thomas Prehn ready to tackle his first gravel grinding event in Kansas

By Kyle Eustice

In his 2004 book, Racing Tactics, Boulder resident and professional cyclist Thomas Prehn aimed to help other cyclists avoid common mistakes and to “ride intelligently,” as he puts it. The 57-year-old plans on utilizing his own advice as he tackles the 10th annual Dirty Kanza 200, a 200-mile ride over mostly dirt and gravel roads through the grasslands of the Flint Hills in Kansas on May 30. Billed as the “World’s Premier Gravel Grinder,” it’s an epic cycling event riders must complete in one day, riding over polished limestone and fist-sized chunks of gravel, through creekbeds that may well be full, given the recent rains, or could be baking in 100-degree heat, all while rolling up and down hills for a total of about 12,000 feet of climbing. Winners finish in about 11 hours.

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It’s not about the shoes

Running film festival covers the highs and lows of a classic sport

By Tom Winter

Running. The elemental act of putting one foot in front of the other: rhythmic, effortless motion when it’s done right, grueling and difficult at times and — though this fact is lost to history — probably the first sport that humans ever competed against each other in.

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Open doors, open eyes and change lives

‘Rewilding’ project is taking a formerly incarcerated young man into the wilderness for a life-changing trip

By Elizabeth Miller

Thirty minutes outside New York City, on the road to the Shawangunk Mountains in upstate New York, Anthony DeJesus turned to his travel companions and said this was the farthest he’d ever been outside the city. Born and raised in the Bronx, he’d joined a gang as a teenager and been incarcerated for dealing drugs by his 20th birthday. His outlook on life was as narrow as the space between the buildings and pavement that surrounded him.

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Reaching higher

Access Fund and Patagonia present ‘Solid Protection’ event to empower rock climbers as conservationists

By Mary Reed

Are rock climbers the future of the conservation movement? Brady Robinson, executive director of the Boulder-based Access Fund, thinks so. “At the very beginning, we were motivated by access threats, by our access [to climbing areas] being restricted,” Robinson says of his organization. “In my view, to do a good job with access, you have to do a good job with conservation. If the place isn’t taken care of, what good is it to have access to it?”

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The road

By Peter Mandel

Walk Japan’s 11-day Nakasendo Way tour will guide my group along the route of an ancient and largely forgotten highway. Dating back to the 7th century, Japan’s Nakasendo was a path for shoguns, pilgrims and samurai — not to mention average travelers like we are — who wore out pair after pair of straw sandals on the rolling terrain.

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Living the dream

Adventure photographer Celin Serbo on the journey to holding a most-coveted job

By Mary Reed

For photographers, as for anglers, there’s always that one that got away. Rock climbing guide turned professional photographer and filmmaker Celin Serbo remembers such a shot vividly. It took place years ago on a guiding expedition to Ecuador. He was belaying clients up a headwall on the Cayambe volcano. It was early morning and the sun was just beginning to rise.

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Depot, 1200 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, 877- 754-7871. REI: Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing Class —.

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MONDAY, MAY 18 Introduction to Spring Skiing in the Indian Peaks Wilderness..

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Crested Butte Adaptive Sports Center is bringing their all-terrain hand cycles out for test-rides on Sunday, May 10 from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Bikes include aggressive chest-steered options and recumbent bikes will be available during this “open house” at Marshall Mesa, hosted by Boulder’s Open Space Mountain Parks.

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Legion Park, half mile west of 75th Street on Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303-678-6214..

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Winter Scene

Desperately seeking snowfall

There´s a buzz building in the air with each cold nip and chilly breeze. Those long, light blue wispy clouds over the western horizon are surely harbingers of wind, freezing temperatures and snow.

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Bring on the powderhounds: Colorado’s ski area overview 2012-2013

By Boulder Weekly Staff

Colorado’s ski season opened this year on the slopes of A Basin, locally loved for its open bowl skiing, steep runs and the “Beach” base area that’s so friendly to tailgating parties. With some of the highest skiable terrain in the country, topping out at 13,000 feet, it’s not a surprise that A Basin’s season is one of the longest.

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50 years of skiing Colorado

By Elizabeth Miller

Talk to a skier who learned in the ’60s and they’ll tell stories of coaches imported from Europe to teach Americans how to tackle obstacles like moguls — knees together! — and ski edges sharp enough to shred your ski pants. Our rocker skis, wide leg stance and Gortex pants are a long ways from those experiences.

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Flying high

Inside Vail’s new gondola

By Tom Winter

The big news for Vail this year is the replacement of the aging Vista Bahn high-speed chairlift with the most technologically advanced lift in North America. Vail’s new gondola is a masterpiece of engineering.

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Fresh winter grub

New dining experiences in Colorado ski resorts and towns

By Adelina Shee

It´s been a long day up on the mountains and the Clif bar you had earlier did no justice to your hunger.

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Spend your money on gas, not lift tickets

Spend your money on gas, not lift tickets

By Michael Callahan

After last year’s lackluster snowfall truncated the number of available ski days, it would be nice if Mother Nature gave a little foresight into what Colorado resorts may be in for in 2012-13.

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Have a quieter white winter

Try snowshoeing, cross country skiing to cut the crowds and noise from winter sports

By Steve Weishampel

If the lyrics to “Silent Night” are to be believed, winter is a time when “all is calm.” But try telling that to someone at one of Colorado’s ski resorts.

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Basic training

Staying safe in the backcountry starts in the classroom

By Elizabeth Miller and James Dziezynski

After three weeks camped on the Carroll Glacier in Alaska, waiting to ski a certain line after it went into the shade, longtime backcountry skier and guide Donny Roth finally set out for the summit. He and his team hiked to within 200 feet of the summit and assessed the situation. It was, he says, certain death.

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Hot gear for the coldest part of the year

By James Dziezynski

May you snowshoe into the deep woods and get a taste of the sublime stillness. And may you partake in some of the sweet winter gear that has been waiting to be dusted off and get on the mountain.

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Kicking butt doesn´t require two legs

How adaptive ski and snowboarding programs are giving athletes with disabilities an edge

By Jessie Lucier

As the ski and snowboarding season is gearing up, people of all levels and abilities will be heading into the high country — some purely for recreation and the sense of freedom that an open mountain can provide, whether impaired or not. But some are heading to the high country to kick some serious butt.

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