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Are you mentally tough?

By Scott Barry Kaufman

Forty seconds before round two, and I’m lying on my back trying to breathe. Pain all through me. Deep breath. Let it go. I won’t be able to lift my shoulder tomorrow, it won’t heal for over a year, but now it pulses, alive, and I feel the air vibrating around me, the stadium shaking with chants, in Mandarin, not for me.

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Wet for 50:

Boulder open water swimmer Matt Moseley looks to set a new record on the Colorado River

By Tom Winter

The river starts as nothing, just a trickle of snowmelt in the high Rockies, the wet drops of a winter’s precipitation falling off of lichen-covered rocks, streaking cliffs in dark zebra stripes of moisture. But it grows bigger quickly. The tributaries, both large and small, feed the monster, until the drops all flow together under the same name: The Colorado.

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Wanderer of the wild

World traveler and sportsman John Mattson shares his stories in hopes of a better world

By Natalia Bayona

Floating downstream on the Colorado River between the red limestone walls of Marble Canyon on a makeshift raft, John Mattson spots a big drop. The rushing waves of Badger Creek Rapid are ahead. He and his friends scout the rapid for a clean entry.

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Gay rodeo corrals an all-inclusive crowd

Colorado Gay Rodeo steering toward younger demographics

By Emma Murray

Johnson, 25, of Denver, only jumped into the rodeo world in 2012 when he started going to Charlie’s Denver, a gay country bar. Now, a mere three years later, he wears two crowns: the first, Mr. Colorado Gay Rodeo (from the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association, CGRA), which he claimed in 2014, and Mr.

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Exploring Greenland's Artic trails

Two Boulderites experience one of the world’s most remote treks

By Miriam Murcutt & Richard Starks

With just three days of food, we set off to test out the eastern tip of the Arctic Circle Trail, heading west in bright sunshine along a dirt road that parallels the Kangerlussuaq runway. We then turned north — magnetic north, which at this latitude is more than thirty degrees west of true north — to pass through the bustling metropolis of Kellyville. Kellyville has a stated population of seven, and while we were there (we stopped for a picnic lunch on a plank of wood that served as the town bench), the seven residents must have been out of town. Kellyville is a scientific community set up in 1983 to study the ionosphere and upper atmosphere using incoherent scatter radar.

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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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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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