First-Timer’s Guide: Leadville

Published on 5280.com The first thing you notice as you approach Leadville from either the north or the south on Highway 24 is the two enormous silhouettes of Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive—the state’s two tallest fourteeners—prominently visible from any angle. That goes for the view from town, too, as you stroll Harrison Avenue, Leadville’s […]

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An Off-the-Grid Escape Opens Near Red Mountain Pass

Published on 5280.com If you’ve ever had the luxury of experiencing a European backcountry vacation—where a resident host of the high alpine not only wines and dines you, but stokes the cabin’s communal fire throughout your stay, too—boot-packing to one of Colorado’s primitive huts might seem rather unrefined in comparison. That is, unless you’re staying at […]

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Visit New Mexico: The Guide to Enchantment

Published in Elevation Outdoors July 2016 Point the grill south and feast on green chile (and a big menu of adventure) in these three New Mexico hot spots. Santa Fe Plan to spend at least a few days in and around Santa Fe, the shining star of New Mexican history, bursting with museums, galleries and […]

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Adventures Outside Vail: Destination Moab

Published on Vailmag.com In search of a desperate respite from mudseason sleet (and snow, and rain), I—like countless other Vail Valley locals—first made the pilgrimage to Moab, Utah (a three-and-a-half hour drive west to the home of Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park, home of the “license plate arch”) in the spring of 2010. We packed our […]

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Hike to Rainbow Hot Springs in the Weminuche

Published in Backpacker Magazine‘s October 2016 Issue. The walk through pine forests and stands of gold aspen was peaceful. We gained just a thousand feet of elevation over 5 miles alongside the charged San Juan River, where we parted swaths of skunk cabbage and ferns beneath the pink dome of 13,168-foot Sheep Mountain. It’s dark […]

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Gear Closet: Weston Snowboards

Published in 5280 SEPTEMBER 2016 In the past, the few but fervent (some might say cultish) fans of Weston Snowboards had to travel to tiny Minturn—population: 1,027—to buy one of the company’s beloved boards in person. Not anymore. This month, Weston begins selling the line at a new showroom in Denver’s Battery 621 building, and in […]

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