A long way up

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Shredding grass

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Adventure

Learning from a once-a-century avalanche cycle

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For Brian Lazar and many of his co-workers at the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), the first two weeks of March 2019 was a...

A 4-year-old kid just skied every month for a year

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Charlie Leckonby is a skier. And, like most hardcore skiers, he’s always up for a trip to the hill to make some turns. So...

Kyle Richardson sets new speed records soloing First and Third Flatirons

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At 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 9, Kyle Richardson stands next to the water fountain outside Chautauqua’s Ranger Cottage. He’s wearing his signature look: a...

Cushy car camping

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Let’s face it: Astro vans and Prius sedans are not the first adventure rigs of choice when it comes to Boulder’s outdoor crowd —...

Learning to fall

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When you fall from something taller than a door frame, don’t tense up, don’t get rigid. As airy nothingness swoops in, however suddenly, and...

From sea to peak

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The mountain known as K2 is also known as “Savage Mountain.” Its sheer, jagged slopes rise from Pakistan’s Karakoram Valley floor and culminate in...

Running local

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There’s climbing all the Colorado 14ers — which typically takes a few years and culminates in the right to wear an “I climbed all...

Metamorphosis

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My hand slipped from the hold. I peeled away from the rock and watched as my alpine draw engaged, unexpectedly extended and snapped away...

Appalling incompetence and majestic triumph on Longs Peak

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As I climbed the steps to Wayne’s condo, I expected him to be thrilled at my news. Wayne was an experienced Boulder climber, and...

Slaying dragons

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In the story of St. George and The Dragon, a town is plagued by a monster, who is only satisfied when the townspeople offer...

Hanging on

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The avalanche that took Inge Perkins’ life in October 2017 was not a massive one, according to the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center —...

Attempting a vertical ski record, amid eating disorders and depression

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The dull beam of a headlamp bloomed in the dark as Sean Van Horn’s skis skidded to a stop at the bottom of Aspen’s Buttermilk...