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Twilight Nights, Purgatory

Those twilight nights of winter are so quiet and tranquil. Or are they?  We found something different at Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colorado. A pair of headlamps  bobbing oddly through the woods, getting brighter. The sound of crunching snow grew louder. Then came the breathing. A few hundred yards away, fat bikers with night lights…(Read More)

colorado cyclocross

Cyclocross 101

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Ice, mud, cold. Hop on a road bike with knobby tires and crank hard around a marked off road course with ups, downs and all arounds. Don’t stop for an hour. Welcome to cyclocross. “It’s kind of like show up and throw up,” says cross racer and cycling coach Chad Cheeney. “Cross isn…(Read More)

cyclocross colorado mud

It’s 14 degrees and your feet are numb. Keep pedaling. That’s cyclocross, or cross, as some call it. And a bullet proof crusting of snow over a tough, rolling course laden with obstacles is perfect. The century-old sport is known for mixing brutal temperatures and winter conditions with running, cycling and pain…(Read More)

Who said ski bums don’t work? We grabbed a few chairs and learned what it’s like to be a full-time ski bum with a job. “We live here because we love to play outside,” says Valeria Van Kirk-Busch, senior lift operations manager at Purgatory Resort in southwestern…(Read More)

womens competition ice climbing

Women ice climbing is on fire. These athletes are strong and fierce, and the competition is booming. When 16-year-old Georgia Witchell picked up a pair of ice axes for the first time, she didn’t know she’d be hooked, hanging on for the ride of her life a few years later in…(Read More)

UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup

The UIAA 2017 International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation Ice Climbing World Cup Tour made its first stop in Durango, Colorado, in December, thanks to local climbing ambassador and climbing coach Marcus Garcia. Drawing on a pool of the world’s strongest competitors,  UIAA Ice Climbing competitors  from around the globe stepped up to the man…(Read More)

autumn photography

Autumn in the Intermountain West presents a natural canvas that can stop people in their tracks. Seasoned photographers know what to do, but many others miss the boat on autumn photography. Those leaves are falling, and there might not be a next time. Hank Blum, one of our favorite landscape photographers, shares some important tips…(Read More)