From the 1970s through the late 1990s, Utah's Jeff Lowe was one of climbing's guiding lights, setting new standards for light-and-fast alpinism with ascents in the Himalayas and Alps and helping to establish the sport of modern mixed climbing with his climbs in the mountains of Colorado.. Now 63, Lo ... More >>
Climbing a Fourteener can be tough -- but in developing countries, people face hardships just getting through the day. That's why the Boulder-based nonprofit Second Mile Water has created the Colorado 54, an event in which participants will collectively summit every Colorado Fourteener in a 24-hour ... More >>
So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In ... More >>
TheViewHousehas been a hit since it opened last March in the Ballpark neighborhood -- but it took a hit early this morning, when a man who'd attended a Zombie rock concert there fell from the top deck onto some wooden scaffolding fourteen or so feet below. Let this be a warning: If you dress as a mo ... More >>
Sender Films had the story of the year fall into its lap through pure chance. The Boulder-based climbing filmmakers had sent a cameraman to follow the mountain-scaling superteam of Ueli Steck and Simone Moro as they attempted to climb a new route across Everest and its neighboring peak, Lhotse, when ... More >>
The eighth annual Reel Rock tour, the traveling climbing film show that has become the gold standard in its field over the past decade, launches in Boulder tonight at the Chautauqua Auditorium. On the menu are four new flicks from Sender Films and Big UP productions, including the controversial and ... More >>
Lisa Foster is, in many ways, a quintessential Coloradan -- someone who so loves the natural glories of the state that she wrote an entire guide book about hiking in one of her favorite places on earth, Rocky Mountain National Park. But with such beauty comes danger. On Sunday, Foster and a hiking ... More >>
To the Hopi, kachinas are spirit-beings associated with rain, corn, animals and other elements critical to life in the desert. Dolls of the same name are crafted for children -- not as toys, but as study tools, a three-dimensional catechism for the spirits they represent. Not that you'd grasp this f ... More >>
Denver-based backpack company Mile High Mountaineering (MHM Gear) won the top prize at the local Something Independent Awards in October; in July, MHM's "Snake-Loader" Salute 34 pack made the cover of the 2013 Backpacker Magazine Gear Guide and also won an Editor's Choice Award. And this week the lo ... More >>
File under you know you're in Boulder when....Promoters of the Reel Rock Tour announced last night that tickets for the kickoff of their package tour of the year's best climbing films on Thursday at Chautauqua Auditorium have already sold out, and that there are only about 100 tickets left out of a ... More >>
The Vail Valley Foundation's 2012 Teva Mountain Games get to paddlin' today in Vail with both the Mountain Click photo competition and the Steep Creek Championships kayak race running concurrently along a 1/4-mile stretch of Homestake Creek with sections affectionately known to kayakers as "Leap of ... More >>
Mountainfilm in Telluride closed out its 34th annual festival on Monday with an awards ceremony in Telluride's Town Park, recognizing six films for various prizes and naming the nonprofit organization Peaceful Uprising as winner of the 2012 Moving Mountains Prize. The award -- and $12,000 -- goes to ... More >>
"This year the Colorado Mountain Club is celebrating its hundredth anniversary, and it's also a big anniversary -- the tenth -- for our annual Mountain Fest outdoor education event," says CMC spokeswoman Rachel Scott. "We have a great program on Saturday and six other big events this year as part of ... More >>
Fred Beckey, author of more than a dozen mountaineering guides, has made more first ascents than any other North American climber -- and possibly more than any climber anywhere. And that's not just because he's been at it the longest, though the fact that he just turned 89 and is still bagging first ... More >>
Photo courtesy Don Madden/Ouray Ice FestivalIf "Go ice climbing" is on your New Year's resolution list, this is your week: The Ouray Ice Park is 100 percent open, and the seventeenth annual Ouray Ice Festival starts on Thursday. Ouray is a serious, six-hour drive from Denver -- but if you're ... More >>
Charles Tuft.For the most part, skiing is safe. But sometimes, tragedies can occur even when folks engaging in one of Colorado's signature pastimes take the recommended precautions. Case in point: The Friday death on Vail Mountain of Dr. Charles Tuft, a 62-year-old who appears to have done e ... More >>
In 1996, adventurer Göran Kropp famously set out by bike from his home in Sweden, loaded with gear, and rode all the way to Nepal to climb Mount Everest. He made the summit on May 23 of that year, without bottled oxygen and without Sherpa support, then climbed down, got back on his bike, and ... More >>
Photo courtesy Pat AmentClimbing pioneer John Gill floats up 'the Scab' in the Needles of South DakotaRock climbing legend Pat Ament began bouldering and free-climbing near Boulder in 1958 when he was a student and gymnast at the University of Colorado, and spent his formative years learning ... More >>
Gear geeks, rejoice: Bruce Johnson brings his History of Gear project to Boulder's Neptune Mountaineering tonight at 8 p.m. (Table Mesa Shopping Center, 633 South Broadway) for his Great Gear Pioneers of Boulder lecture, where a display of vintage gear from pioneering historic Colorado compan ... More >>
The spirit of Boulder's Adventure Film Festival founder Jonny Copp lives on: The five winners of the Copp-Dash Inspire Award grants for 2011 were announced on Friday, receiving $20,000 and climbing expeditions to Alaska, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Nepal. The grant program was estab ... More >>
Sometimes playing games is all about punishment. If you played QWOP, you know exactly what we're talking about there, because that game was awkward, hard to control and awful in more ways than one could count -- but it was also addictive as all hell. This is relevant because GIRP comes to us ... More >>
Ready to climb something crazy and then tell the tale in style? The Jonny Copp Foundation is now accepting applications for its $20,000 in 2011 Copp-Dash Inspire Awards, named in memory of Copp (Boulder's Adventure Film Festival founder) and his climbing partner Micah Dash, who died in 2009 i ... More >>
Looking to get away from it all and head out under your own steam? Boulder's Neptune Mountaineering is hosting a series of cool events this week leading up to the Backcountry Film Festival next Thursday: Start with tonight's BYOB (bring your own beacon) practice session at 6 p.m., followed by ... More >>
Team NikeAdventure racer Monique Merrill on radical randonée racing, tonight at REI DenverIf you're one of those local loonies who gets as stoked about skiing uphill as skiing down, this one's for you: Breckenridge-based adventure racer Monique Merrill is the featured guest tonight at 7 p.m ... More >>
Boulder-based adventure film company Sender Films just put out a new DVD compiling all six climbing films from the 5th annual Reel Rock Film Tour (DVD trailer after the jump): The Swiss Machine documents Ueli Steck's alpine speed record on The Eiger Nordwand; First Round, First Minute follows ... More >>
I'm a total map freak: I suppose that's been true since the very first time I ever spun my family's old globe of the world and let my chubby little finger fall on some far-flung nation. Later, my mother the hiker began bringing home those topographical state forest maps to study, as she sought to fi ... More >>
I have to admit: I always thought the men Cosmopolitan magazine chooses for its annual Most Eligible Bachelor contest were cheeseballs. Every year, fifty eligible bachelors (one from each state) pose shirtless in the mag, next to a brief description and quote, in the hopes of being crowned the Most ... More >>
Erik Weihenmayer gives the Mountain Fest keynote speech.
Australia’s Lincoln Hall didn’t live through his descent from the summit of Mount Everest in May 2006 – or at least that’s what his companions thought. He tells his unlikely survival story in Dead Lucky, a new book he’ll share with an audience at the Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch (click h ... More >>
The Ouray Ice Climbing Festival brings fanatics together.
While surfing the radio dial on the afternoon of March 11, I stopped on the Mountain, at 99.5 FM, long enough to hear what sure sounded to me like the tail end of a Bob Dylan song -- specifically "Shelter From the Storm," from the 1975 album Blood on the Tracks. But according to the Mountain guide w ... More >>
A meal here is always a peak experience.
I'd walk a mile -- and then some -- for a meal at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse.