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Thursday, December 4,2014

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.
Monday, December 1,2014

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.
Thursday, November 20,2014

Following a true calling

How punk music and poor neighborhoods fed Barry Blanchard’s life in the mountains

By Elizabeth Miller
Barry Blanchard has spent more than 6,000 days of his life rock climbing, ski touring, mountaineering, alpine climbing and ice climbing. At this point, he says, he’s very intimate with those environments, and can recall the textures in the snow, the ice and the rock he’s encountered along the way.
Thursday, November 13,2014

Schooled in snow

CU’s freestyle team eyes another big season

By Tom Winter
The state is known as “Ski Country USA.” It’s a place of rugged peaks, high mountains and snowy winters. So, if you’re a skier looking for a place to get educated, it’s no surprise that going to an institute of higher education in the Centennial state might be high on your list.
Thursday, November 6,2014

These teardrop trailers will make you smile

Locally made minimalist camper is a labor of love

By Hudson Lindenberger
Having purchased a set of plans, he rented a cramped, dingy storeroom off Pearl Street and set about fabricating his own trailer, but he quickly found he needed an extra set of hands. His thoughts turned to David.
Thursday, October 30,2014

Depth of anatomy

An exploration into a rare community cadaver lab

By Cayte Bosler
The cadaver is far smaller than I expected. It rests wrapped in green towels, face up on a silver table in a small, uncluttered space. Small incisions separate the skin from the subcutaneous tissue, exposing a yellowish, fatty layer protecting the muscle wall.
Thursday, October 23,2014

Traveling with more than good intentions

Why well-meaning adventurites and volunteers sometimes do more harm than good, and how one local adventure company intends to set a better example

By Cassie Moore
On a visit back to his native country, on a trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal, Portland State University professor Bishupal Limbu remembers being uncomfortable because of his shoes. They were nice, they were meant for the occasion and the Australians he was trekking with had on similarly fancy boots.
Thursday, October 16,2014

Riding for a lifeline

A biking trip to explore a family’s Slovakian roots takes some surprising turns 

By Adam Perry
You do not look like a person who has just biked over 100 kilometers,” Jan “Jano” Rohac of Greenways Travel Club told me, very matter-of-factly, in his thick Slovakian accent as I entered the Grand Hotel Matej in Banská tiavnica, Slovakia, after sunset.
Thursday, October 9,2014

Allies in the Horse Nation

Nonprofit ‘Tipi Raisers’ reach Boulder on 400-mile horseback journey

By Cecelia Gilboy
I was spending the day riding with participants in a 400-mile ride that’s now passing Boulder en route to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Thursday, October 2,2014

Adventure Film

The Adventure Film Festival is a celebration of adventures in their many forms and a bolster to support “the heroic journey and the narrative of adventure as a force for awakening and change.