Adventure

When ‘plus-size’ is average, why consider it niche?

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The first time Raquel Vélez went skiing, she wore a hoodie and sweatpants under a rain jacket and rain pants, not for fashion’s sake,...

The long way up

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I’m out the door by 1 a.m., heading north from South Boulder. I dodge drunk CU students just coming in for the night as...

How to get a name like Snorkel

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More people have traveled to space than have completed the “Triple Crown” of hiking, the cumulative mileage of all three of the U.S.’s premiere...

There’s more than one way to be a cowboy

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It was late February 2016, and from what Steven Wiersma could tell, the bull had to be close to 1,900 pounds, having been on...

The grizzly gear testers

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The grizzly towered over RovR’s Colorado 85 cooler: It’s humped back hunched, front paws placed squarely on the cooler’s lid, the beast pressed downwards...

From rescue to recovery

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In 1997, Tom Wood sold everything he owned and cruised the long, flat road from Ohio to Colorado. He had no job, no place...

A game of patience

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When Tyler Kempney and Wes Fowler set out for Longs Peak in October 2018, they weren’t sure what they might find. But the pair...

Record-setting Raboutous

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I’ve never even thought about being old,” says Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou, a former world champion rock climber who, now at age 53, still manages to...

The human factor

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In 2005, Michelle Vanek disappeared while hiking Mount of the Holy Cross, her first attempt to summit one of Colorado’s infamous fourteeners. Only three...

Birds of Fire lives again

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The hike to Chiefs Head, the third-highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), is a haul by any account. Seven miles deep in...

Swapping leads

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In 1964, as fall began a chilly dissolve into winter, Dave Rearick and I drove the 11-plus miles up Boulder Canyon and made a...

Chasing dreams

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The race was about to start, and all Laura Knoblach could think about was the fact that the swim she was about to embark...