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Top ultra trail runners gathered in Silverton, Colorado, last weekend to take on the glory and suffering of the Hardrock 100, considered one of the hardest trail races in the world. Competitors ran 100 miles with 33,992 feet of climb and 33,992 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 67,984 feet at an average elevation of…

Colorado: Hike High

Hike from Crested Butte to Aspen. What Is It? Hike a butt-busting 11 miles from the tiny mountain hamlet of Crested Butte, over West Maroon Pass to the extravagant ski town of Aspen. From the Butte, you’ll climb 2,200 feet through patches of aspen and spruce that dapple a narrow, grassy valley. Even in summer,…

If you attend Mountainfilm in Telluride, Colorado, these three things are true: you will see great films, you will personally be changed by the ideas presented, and you will have a lot of fun, whether that’s drinking a dirty chai with film illuminati and accomplished adventurers at the Steaming Bean or hiking up the Jud…

The seventh annual 5Point Film Festival concluded Sunday evening to the roaring applause of an exuberant audience. Prizes went to filmmakers in six categories to honor remarkable stories that encourage viewers not to just watch but participate. The Spirit of Adventure award recognizes those who go well outside their comfort zone to achieve an audacious goal seemingly out of…

Even after all the magazine covers and films, Alex Honnold still lives in his van—though now it’s hooked up with solar power. And last week Alex and fellow climber Cedar Wright departed on a solar-focused adventure for Sufferfest 2—a month of biking, camping, and climbing through the Southwest that will culminate in bringing solar power to Navajo…

There was a storm coming and, without an open sky, it was a terribly dark night. The flicker of far off lightning would periodically light up more than 1,000 feet of granite cliff that fell straight below me. It had been four days since I started up the sheer walls of El Capitan. I found…

Last week the pin dropped on Highway 82 in Aspen, Colorado, the mountain kingdom of fun. The X Games were back in town, celebrating their 20th anniversary, showcasing the world’s best snowboarders, skiers, and snowmobilers in the most progressive competition formats. Record crowds showed up to watch athletes from 20 different countries compete one last…

Last weekend I decided to punish myself. By punish, I mean undertake some sort of brutally long hike to prepare myself for climbing Mont Blanc. I settled on tackling a 14er, since Colorado has quite a few—53, in fact, more than any other state in the nation. I guess you could say Colorado has tentacles…

Celebrating 35 years of inspiration, the 2013 Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado, will run another exciting program of movies and speakers over Memorial Day weekend. The impressive lineup includes leading adventure athletes, environmental activists, and documentary filmmakers. Beginning with the Moving Mountains Symposium on Friday, the festival revolves around the theme of climate solutions. Here festival…

The other weekend, I climbed my first couloir. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure what a couloir was. I knew it was a mountain feature—but I figured it was somewhere in the realm of too extreme for me. I’ve always been intimated by technical mountaineering. So how did I find myself in the backcountry…

Top prize winners at the 2013 5Point Film Festival set the tone for an exciting spring season of adventure. The long journey of solo explorer Kyle Dempster in the movie The Road From Karakol took the Best of the Fest award. The compelling feature showed viewers the importance of vulnerability in the face of adversity,…

The 5Point Film Festival running April 25 to 28 in Carbondale, Colorado, kicks off the adventure film festival season and sets the stage for the rest of the year. By presenting a wide range of movies that push the definition of adventure, the film festival aims to inspire the community—young and old, and of all…

Going Solo Can Open Your Soul

So much of our lives is filled with stimulation and distraction. We rush from one thing to the next, be it work, errands, paying bills, taking care of kids, exercising or spending time with friends. How often do you actually put on the brakes and take time to reflect—on who you are you, what you…

One of the inalienable truths about outdoor adventures is that things don’t always go as expected. Weather is one of the more fickle factors, with the power to make or break even the best-laid plan. This can be frustrating. But given that the very word “adventure” suggests the unknown, I always try to remain flexible…

It’s known as the most challenging bike race held on U.S. soil, and it starts next week. Seven days, 683 miles, and 50,468 feet of climbing—including three visits to 12,000 feet. Good lord. Who dreamed that up? It must be someone with a sick penchant for watching the world’s elite crack. Bring it on! Starting…

There’s no better weekend than when you work your muscles to the max and spend the better part of your waking hours outside. Given that I’m a working stiff who sits at a desk five days a week, I’ve got to settle for this weekend warrior approach a lot of the time. One of my…

Respect – Commitment – Humility – Purpose – Balance Sitting down to breakfast last week at the quaint Ambiance Inn in Carbondale, Colorado, I joined an animated conversation. With six “special guests” at the table, our discussion got interesting. The ethics of the recent bolt-cut on Cerro Torre in Patagonia were in question and I…

  We've just updated our popular America's Best Adventures feature with 50 new trips, bringing our grand total to 100 iconic escapes (see the map, state-by-state list, and photo gallery, too). So no matter what your pleasure—hiking, heli-skiing, surfing, climbing, biking, or paddling—we've got the perfect adventure for you. Check in each day for a…

We've just updated our popular America's Best Adventures feature with 50 new trips, bringing our grand total to 100 iconic escapes (see the map, state-by-state list, and photo gallery, too). So no matter what your pleasure—hiking, heli-skiing, surfing, climbing, biking, or paddling—we've got the perfect adventure for you. Check in each day for a new,…

  We've just updated our popular America's Best Adventures feature with 50 new trips, bringing our grand total to 100 iconic escapes (see the map, state-by-state list, and photo gallery, too). So no matter what your pleasure—hiking, heli-skiing, surfing, climbing, biking, or paddling—we've got the perfect adventure for you. Check in each day for a…

  We've just updated our popular America's Best Adventures feature with 50 new trips, bringing our grand total to 100 iconic escapes (see the map, state-by-state list, and photo gallery, too). So no matter what your pleasure—hiking, heli-skiing, surfing, climbing, biking, or paddling—we've got the perfect adventure for you. Check in each day for a…

For our annual Adventure Travel issue, we scoured the globe to find the 25 Best New Trips in the World for 2010, complete with a Best Trips photo gallery. Today, we present Colorado. The world’s far corners are now well within reach. COLORADO: Alone With the Ancients More than six million tourists flocked to the Four Corners region…

Snow is coming early to the West this year. While El Nino recently brought in two feet at Tahoe, the Rockies are now getting an early-season dumping with projections upwards of 18 inches of snow over the next few days. Few ski resorts have opened their lifts yet, but it's not too early to break…

Text by Ben Skinner, author of A Crime so Monstrous and one of our 2008 Adventurers of the Year Mountainfilm gave its Moving Mountains prize jury, consisting of Grammy-winning artist Shawn Colvin, documentarian Chris Paine, HBO Vice President Nancy Abraham, and me, the challenging privilege of selecting one nonprofit from six strong candidates. Each of the…

Copyright Merrick Chase / TELLURIDEPHOTOGRAPHY.NET See a Mountainfilm photo gallery >> We're just back from an incredible long weekend at the 31st annual Mountainfilm in Telluride, which fills the spectacular Colorado box canyon with thought-provoking films, a symposium on worldwide food issues, inspiring guests (Jim Whittaker, Ken Burns, Nicholas Kristof, to name just a few), and a…