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Adventure

Adapting the backcountry

Vasu Sojitra takes on some of the steepest slopes, and he never forgets his crutches

Most everyone who’s snapped on a pair of skis has, at one point or another, found themselves staring down some steep, snow-laden hill, wondering how the hell they’re going to get down it. Now, imagine being at the top of that same hill, only you don’t have a pair of skis, you only have one.

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This is play. Not work.

Brendan Leonard’s day job is to remind outdoorsy folks to have a little more fun

By Elizabeth Miller

When Brendan Leonard found the Banff Mountain Film Festival — and Denver’s Paramount Theatre — filled with puffy coat-wearing people cheering to outdoor exploits, he declared, “Yes, these are my people. I found my people. I imagine some people feel that at a Broncos game or whatever, but that was it for me.

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Ground-level gods

A few days on foot in India reveals the everyday divine story and photos

By Elizabeth Miller

Mine, through India’s lower Himalaya, wandered in and out of valleys cut by streams that whispered of centuries of monsoon seasons, the boulders rolled to smooth edges and polished nearly white. Some of the houses we walked by were painted blue or yellow, but most were offwhite or gray.

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All grown up

Ouray Ice Festival turns 20

By Tom Winter

And this year the little town of Ouray in southwestern Colorado is going to be throwing a pretty big party. The town, which hosts their annual Ouray Ice Festival from Jan. 8 to Jan. 11, is celebrating two decades on the ice.

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Life like Fritz

Guidebook author Fritz Sperry wants you to go skiing

By Tom Winter

The trail starts at the edge of Frisco and immediately begins to go up. It is cold, but not as cold as it was when I pulled in front of a coffee shop an hour earlier to rendezvous with guidebook author Fritz Sperry. The sun has seen to that, pushing a growing warmth down onto the slopes of Royal Mountain.

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A quest for honest heroes

By Elizabeth Miller

No one has ever lived on the sides of Cerro Torre for more than a few days, and yet the peak has been home to mythic accomplishments, heated controversy, a battleground of climbing ethics and philosophical questions on the innate value of truth, the freedom of climbers and the legacy of mountaineering.

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The Abetone advantage

Sun, snow and a privileged location in Tuscany

By Tom Winter

The warm scents of the Mediterranean followed us as we turned inland from Italy’s Mediterranean coast and headed toward the mountains. We could see through the early spring haze that there was snow up there; an unlikely rumor from under the palms that dotted the promenades of the coastal fishing villages.

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Why take a picture when you can paint one?

Artist Lisa Martin takes her paintings to new altitudes

By Amanda Moutinho

Reaching the summit of a 14,000 foot mountain, a 14er, fills people with a sense of accomplisment — the fresh air, the beautiful view, the aching muscles. To have a token for their hard work, most people take a snapshot, but artist Lisa Martin paints a picture instead.

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Peeking at an ancient civilization

Chucking the paradise brochures for seasoned tour guides in Greece

By Cayte Bosler

It rains for the first time this summer in Athens during my stay. A welcome plummet to the brooding temperatures. The days are humid and seemingly eternal. The sea swells in ridiculous blues and greens. Whole towns converge to swim. Cicadas hum vacuously in the sultry air.

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SeaWorld sinks deeper

Student activist encourages school to cancel field trip

By Amanda Moutinho

Eighth-grade field trips are not usually a cause of ethical dilemmas. But this year at Alexander Dawson School in Lafayette, the itinerary was questioned by 13-year-old student Phoebe Goldstein. Every spring the school offers a variety of educational trips to both domestic and international destinations.

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Tackling the Abominable Winter Adventure Run in Como (elevation 10,200 feet) means taking on roughly four miles of off-road racing, with steep inclines through dense forests and winter-themed obstacles to tackle, including sections of the course that require sledding.

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In the 1920s, Joe and Paul Stettner were establishing climbing routes like an intimidating line up Longs Peak, Stettner Ledges, among many others across the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Wyoming, using horse ropes and just a few carabiners and pitons for protection.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 15 Visiting the Hajhir Mountains of Socotra Island, Yemen..

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Ready to get psyched for ski season? Us too, and this year, we’re turning to Powderwhore, which sought deep powder and steep lines for a dose of that psych. This year’s installation, their 10th, titled Some Thing Else.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30 Speed Record on the Naked Edge and Rab Concept Store Launch..

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Shine: A Celebration of Amazing Women and 17 Years of Women’s Wilderness..

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Mountain Scenic Area, Five miles west of Boulder on Sunshine Canyon Drive, Boulder County, 303-678- 3214..

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1,500 feet of elevation gain. 9 a.m. Chautauqua Ranger Cottage, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, www.naturehikes.org.

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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