For many of us, fun runs are as essential a part of the Thanksgiving holiday as sweet potatoes, football, and drunk uncles. And sure, the 400 to 600 calories burned in a 5k are dwarfed by the 2,000+ calories the average American wolfs down at Thanksgiving dinner.
But it makes us feel better. And that’s what the holidays are all about, right?
Boulder – Panicking Poultry
You know that trash we were just talking about not burning enough calories? We don’t mean any of it for the folks running the Panicking Poultry Nov. 23, who will sweat it out for a full five miles along the east shore of Boulder Reservoir.
The status of online trail maps is pretty pathetic. Most maps aren’t available at all, and the ones that are usually holed up behind a paywall. But that’s starting to change, and Colorado is leading the charge.
Earlier this week, Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife division rolled out new maps for all 466 miles of trail in the state’s 42 state parks. The maps are available free online, and can be easily downloaded and printed or stored to a phone.
The maps are great – they’re well-marked, color coded, and easy to read. But getting them on your phone is a bit tricky. You’ll need the DropBox file sharing app and the Avenza PDF Maps app, which will mark your location on the map with GPS, even if you have no cell service.
On a mobile device, the maps are best downloaded from this page. On a laptop or desktop computer, check out the interactive map (it’s very cool, but pretty clunky on mobile). For a complete walkthrough of the mobile download process, check out this guide.
So you want solitude. Not the relative quiet of a well-traveled path through the woods or national forest campsite. We’re talking dark side of the moon solitude. Real hermit stuff.
Boy, have we got the place for you. Northwest Colorado’s 77,000-acre Vermillion Basin roadless area has no established campsites, no maintained trails, and isn’t even marked on most maps. It’s a place so quiet, passing planes sound like rolling thunder.
We have a weakness for weirdness. That’s why your humble editorial director has “Amish Paradise” as his ringtone, and it’s why we never miss the Emma Crawford Coffin Races in Manitou Springs.
The Oct. 26 event celebrates one of Manitou’s oldest stories – that of Emma Crawford’s careening coffin. Crawford was buried on the slopes of nearby Red Mountain more than 100 years ago, and legend tells that her resting place was unearthed by monsoon rains, sending her remains sliding down to Main Street Manitou.
The shoulder season is here. And while that doesn’t have to mean more time indoors, it’s not usual to lose a bit of steam as the days get grey.
But inspiration is coming to town. The 13th annual Adventure Film Festival comes to Boulder this weekend (tonight through Sunday) with the very best in on-screen stoke. Buy a festival pass online for $55, or just check out our favorites from this year below.
The Beauty of the Irrational
Most hikers need five days to travel the length of Namibia’s 52-mile Fish River Canyon. So when South African ultra runner Ryan Sandes made the trip in just 6 hours and 57 minutes last year, it was kind of a big deal.
“The Beauty of the Irrational” doesn’t just document Sandes’ exploits – the six-minute short profiles the man behind the mission, and pays tribute to the foolishly sublime motivations of long-distance runners.
The Old Breed
50 isn’t the new 30. It’s still 50 – no matter what’s written in frosting on the birthday cake. But as Mark Richey and Steve Swenson (aged 53 and 57, respectively) prove in “The Old Breed,” it’s not the end of line. Not even close.
The 26-minute documentary follows Richey, Swenson, and filmmaker Freddie Wilkinson on the 2012 first ascent of Pakistan’s 7,518-meter Saser Kangri II, then one of the tallest unclimbed peaks in the world and one of the first major peaks to be climbed alpine-style on the first ascent.
Everyone has their favorite season. And we know that while winter might mean powder turns and waterfall ice to us, it’s nothing but sun lamps and Wellbutrin to others. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
In the five minutes of “Silvia,” British Columbia native Matt Hunter takes back the classic singletrack of Kamloops on a modified mountain bike, proving once and for all that winter is what you make it.
This month’s once-in-a-millenium deluge swept away roads, destroyed homes and businesses, and ended the lives of at least eight people. It also wreaked havoc on the places many of us turn to for refuge and release - our public lands.
Officials are still scrambling to assess the damage, so most reconstruction projects have yet to be organized. Sign up for the email lists below to get info on volunteer opportunities when they become available.
Autumn in the Colorado Rockies is pure magic. Unfortunately, it only lasts about 20 seconds each year. So don’t cheat yourself – set aside a late September weekend for a walk under the Aspen leaves. You won’t regret it.
Colorado is home to a leviathan. The interconnected roots of the Kebler Pass aspen grove form the largest grove in Colorado and one of the largest living things on planet Earth. And in late September, the whole arborous monster molts in spectacular fashion.