Adventure Defined

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…

The Art of Preparation

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…

Dancers Dancing

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.

River Center Spaghetti Fundraiser

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.

July 2017 Around Town

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.

A Pair Go Paragliding

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.

Home Is Where the Trout Are Biting

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…

So Many Trails, So Little Time

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…

39 Hours

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…

Important to Be Seen

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.

A Life Worth Living

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.…

“Tune In Next Time On…”

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…

Off the Map

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…