The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts recently presented its 25th annual Dancers Dancing showcase. The event featured the talents of more than 100 young dancers, performing styles ranging from ballet and pointe to jazz, hip hop, and modern dance. Photography by Klaus Kocher.
Sometimes the adventure is not the activity itself, but the preparation that goes into getting ready for it.
Before my kids left the nest, my wife and I had a family of six to get ready for any kind of trip. Our fondest memories include boating trips and beach camping at Lake Powell, which involved coordination with several other boating families. We often cross-checked our packing lists to find out who was taking what so that nothing was ever left behind. Our own family checklist was ever-expanding, and we usually spent three days carefully packing everything into our boat and truck.
Merriam-Webster defines the word adventure as both “an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks” and “an exciting or remarkable experience.”
Although a dictionary definition makes the concept seem a little dry or square, I do agree with it—especially the part about adventure encompassing not only dangerous pursuits but “remarkable” ones. This opens the door to a host of qualifying experiences, varying in nature from transformative to exhilarating to mysterious, with nary a broken bone in sight.
All Preston Files wanted was a quick way to learn more about all the trails in the Roaring Fork Valley. Was that too much to ask?
Apparently, it was. When Files moved to Basalt from Texas about seven years ago, no such comprehensive online tool existed. So, he invented his own: AspenTrailFinder.com.
“Like other transplants around here, I moved to this area because I love the outdoors,” Files says. “As soon as I got here I wanted to know more about how I could get out and discover what trails the area had to offer. Sure, I could have just bought a book, but a book wouldn’t necessarily help me find something really fast or even up-to-date. So, basically, I created Aspen Trail Finder because it was something I wanted to be able to use myself.”
If the thought of reeling in a gorgeous fish on a lazy summer afternoon gets your heart thumping, the Gold Medal waters of the Frying Pan River can make that dream a reality.
But what if you could wake up and wet a hook every single day from the comfort of your own home? With about 400 feet of private riverfront and access to your own small island (yes, you read that right—your own island, accessed by a log bridge), this remarkable custom estate just outside of Basalt will ensure you do just that.
Watching paragliders coasting on the thermals, the colorful shells of their sails holding them aloft in the blue, I have often wondered how they got up there in the first place. Did they learn to fly like fledgling birds in a nature film, dropping out of the nest with a thunk?
Nope. It’s easier than that.
Two valley nonprofits have joined forces to offer locals a new grief and loss therapy program utilizing the healing power of horses. Together, Carbondale’s equine therapeutic riding and educational organization Windwalkers and Aspen’s cancer support program Pathfinders now offer the Roaring Fork Valley community an alternative, non-traditional approach to healing after loss.
In June, New Castle’s River Center held its fifth annual spaghetti fundraiser in Burning Mountain Park. Proceeds from the home-cooked spaghetti dinner went to the nonprofit’s many outreach programs including its community enrichment classes, back-to-school supply drive, winter coat distribution, weekly senior luncheon, and more. Photography by Karissa Feese.
Carbondale’s population may be tiny, but its reach in the world of adventure audio is mighty. Outside magazine dubbed 2016 “The Year of Audio” due to the popularity of podcasts dedicated to sharing tales of outside adventure, and several of the most popular shows pipe right from the heart of Bonedale. Google “best adventure podcasts” and it’s a sure bet that local Chris Kalous’ “The Enormocast” will pop up on the list. Newer to the game but quickly developing a passionate following is Carbondale’s Cripple Creek Backcountry’s “Totally Deep” podcast.
It hits him.
“Man. I’m skiing Highlands with two kids whose dads have died in the last two years in tragic accidents. I’m the only dad here, with three different families. What a strange feeling,” Nelson Oldham pauses, reflective. These two fathers aren’t the only ones. He recalls the local skier who perished on the Laundry Chutes of Mount Sopris.
“He was the first person just gone in my community,” says Oldham, with a snap of his fingers. “I thought, man—he is never coming back. That’s it.”
Anyone who has ever been to camp remembers the adventure. Sometimes it’s filled with excitement about getting away from home, sometimes there are tears; for many there are both. Regardless of how it starts, by the end of the summer new friendships are formed and memories made that will last a lifetime.
In the late hours of January 13, the team stowed the last gear by flashlight. Alternately sweating and shivering—overheated by heavy lifting in drysuits and chilled by the weight of responsibility—the eight were about to hurl themselves down the Grand Canyon in a headlong sprint. To topple a speed record set by kayakers two years earlier, they would have to spend at least 34 sleepless hours paddling 277 miles along the Colorado River, crashing through canyon depths by day and threading a perilous course through the “easier” whitewater rapids in inky darkness.
I was riding bikes with two friends 15 miles up a narrow chipseal road north of Yaak, Montana, when we intersected the Pacific Northwest Trail and saw a sign for the Garver Mountain Fire Lookout. We were on a four-day bikepacking tour of fire lookouts in Big Sky Country and although we had purposely planned a short ride for the first afternoon, the sight of the brown Forest Service sign was welcoming.