There are tiny fires everywhere. This is one of the first things you will notice about India — the uncountable number of people and the fires trickling haphazardly toward the smoggy sky to keep mosquitoes at bay. I never saw who lit them or who put them out.
On Monday, April 22, ultrarunner and Boulderite Jay Rawlings took his first steps in a 180-mile, seven-day endurance relay that will see him running the equivalent of a marathon a day for a week. Less than a month before standing at the starting line, he was not able to run a mile without walking.
The story of climbers at Everest wanting to give back to the people living in the Himalayan foothills of the world’s tallest peak is as old as the stories of climbers visiting the top of Everest itself.
It’s a lot like that dream you had as a kid — the dream where you could fly. “I used to love that dream and was always disappointed when I woke up and couldn’t fly,” says Tim Meehan, a freelance digital designer and tandem paraglider pilot based in Boulder.
With each turn of my skis, snow sloughs off the steep chute and cascades down toward the basin below. It’s not enough snow to be frightening, certainly, but enough to feel like I really am off the beaten track. And that, of course, is the point.