Tag archives for Colorado

Ten Reasons to Love Mountainfilm in Telluride

Mountainfilm in Telluride, Colorado, is our favorite weekend of the year. Its mix of provocative films, big-thinking filmmakers, photographers, writers, and adventurers in attendance, old and new friends, and incredible access to outdoor adventures over Memorial Day weekend (May 25 to 30, 2016) in the uber-beautiful San Juans just can’t be beat. Today the fest…

Where to Ski This El Niño Winter

After months of speculation, El Niño has arrived—and it’s poised to be one of the strongest on record. Resorts throughout the U.S. West have been hammered by powerful storms that have produced the best early-season conditions they’ve seen in years. The question is, Where to ski? Look no further. We’ve put together the definitive guide…

First Women Complete Nolan’s 14, Colorado’s Most Demanding, Obscure Mountain Challenge

Update: We checked with Matt Mahoney, the Nolan’s 14 record keeper, on how the Nolan’s 14 finish is defined. He said: “Like any challenge, the participants make the rules. Traditionally, the clock stops on the last summit.” Yesterday, ultrarunners Missy Gosney and Anna Frost finished Nolan’s 14, meaning they climbed 14 14,000-foot peaks in succession over…

Adventurers Complete Quest to Climb and Ski Colorado’s 100 Highest Peaks

One of skier Chris Davenport’s most vivid memories as a kid was being 13 years old and riding the chairlift at Attitash Mountain in northern New Hampshire, where he was born and raised. “I was with my friend, Justin Chandler, and we were just having a great day, and we kind of just casually said,…

@natgeoadventure #FollowFriday – @Renan_Ozturk @Ben_Moon @TimKemple

We are constantly thrilled by the gems appearing in our new @NatGeoAdventure feed. This week’s #followfriday highlights include Renan Ozturk (@Renan_Ozturk), whose films Meru and Down to Nothing won awards last weekend at Telluride Mountainfilm, and Ben Moon (@ben_moon), who also screened two films (Denali, Rabbit Island). We also wanted to share a special shout out to Tim Kemple (@timkemple), whose “Nepal,…

Telluride Mountainfilm Ignites This Weekend: Preview of World-Class Films, Guests, Events

This year’s Mountainfilm festival, which kicks off Friday and runs through the weekend, may be the best yet. Perhaps that’s a hard statement to back up, after all, it’s fair to assume that the Telluride, Colorado festival focused on showcasing the “indomitable spirit” in mountain culture, the environment, and human rights issues has been impressive for each of…

From Rock to Ice: Becoming a Beginner Again in Colorado’s Ice Capitol

Prior to venturing into the realm of ice climbing, the only thing I knew about Ouray, Colorado, was that it was the setting for Anne Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged. Apart from that, the small Victorian mountain town may be most known to climbers for the annual Ouray Ice Festival. This year marked the 20th anniversary. Ouray…

Colorado’s Burliest Backyard Mountain Adventure Tests What’s Humanly Possible

After 15 years in obscurity, Nolan’s 14, a hundred-mile traverse of 14 14,000-foot peaks in 60 hours, emerges as a new test piece for elite mountain runners. A new film on the endeavor aims to inspire viewers to simply go for a hike. Just past dawn on September 21, 2014, Ben Clark, a professional mountain athlete and filmmaker from Telluride, Colorado,…

Hardrock 100: Kilian Jornet Wins, Adam Campbell Survives Lightning to Take 3rd

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,…