There are folks who consider climbing all of Colorado's fourteeners a life's work. Then there's a small, hardy corps of peak-baggers who compete with one another to nail those babies all at once, in the shortest amount of time; the current record runs at about ten days. And then there's endurance at ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
The conquest of Colorado's 14ers is a culture with cult-like, rite-of-passage properties -- inside the state, at least. Ask someone outside of Colorado if they've ever heard of people obsessed with climbing every peak over 14,000 feet, though, and they may think you're suffering from oxygen deprivat ... 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 >>
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 >>
When mountain climber and adventurer Erik Weihenmayer -- who happens to be blind -- set out to climb Mt. Everest more than a decade ago, a lot of people thought he was crazy, or worse: a danger to himself and others. They couldn't believe any responsible guide would take him on the mountain. Those ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
These weekly lists are often easy to put together. I review a Mexican restaurant, I can make a list of other Mexican restaurants I love. I write about Chinese food, I can list a half-dozen other places to get good duck. But this week? Not so much. I've been sitting here, wracking my brain trying ... 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 >>
A meal here is always a peak experience.
I'd walk a mile -- and then some -- for a meal at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse.