Paul Gagner — Training for Aid Climbing by Bouldering

Paul Gagner — Training for Aid Climbing by Bouldering

by Chris Van Leuven September 5, 2013 Blogs

Meet at “The top switchback just above the Y-traverse,” read Paul Gagner’s (pronounced Gan-yay) text giving directions for Flagstaff Mountain, located above Boulder. Twenty minutes later Paul pulls up to the boulders in his gray Prius. It’s 4:10 P.M, Tuesday September 3. “I haven’t been up here in quite a bit. I usually go up […]

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Postcard: Sunrise at 12,000 feet

Postcard: Sunrise at 12,000 feet

by Devon O'Neil September 4, 2013 Blogs

I don’t see the sun rise often enough. That’s what I concluded after taking this photo. It was Labor Day and my wife and I joined a friend for a predawn jaunt up to a pass at 12,000 feet. The goal was to watch the day begin and take some photos, but as such adventures […]

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Mountain Passages: Weather, Gardening and an Anniversary

Mountain Passages: Weather, Gardening and an Anniversary

by Alan Stark September 3, 2013 Blogs

I’m predicting a massive snowstorm here in the Front Range on Friday, October 18th. The day before will be pleasant with blue skies, temperatures in the low seventies and a breeze out of the northwest. After dark the breeze will freshen up, cool down, and swing to the south. By midnight a huge front will […]

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The God of Skiing: South America

The God of Skiing: South America

by Peter Kray August 30, 2013 Blogs

Ed’s Note: Few ski bums have perfected the art of living the ski life better than Mountain Gazette’s editor-at-large, Peter Kray. The man has spent years seeing the sport from every angle—from the finish line of the Vancouver Olympics, to safety breaks in the Jackson Hole backcountry, to the halls of the SIA trade show in Vegas, […]

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Postcard: York, Maine

Postcard: York, Maine

by Devon O'Neil August 27, 2013 Blogs

Time was, lighthouses served as safety beacons. Seafarers relied on them to avoid becoming shipwrecked, broke, and possibly dead. Then GPS came along. Now, lighthouses serve the same role as statues — ridiculously often photographed, untouchable homages to bygone eras that attract thousands of tourists each year. This one, off Nubble Point in York, Maine, […]

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Postcard: USA Pro Challenge, Breckenridge

Postcard: USA Pro Challenge, Breckenridge

by Devon O'Neil August 21, 2013 Blogs

After climbing Independence Pass out of Aspen and Hoosier Pass between Alma and Breckenridge on Tuesday, the 121 surviving racers in Colorado’s weeklong USA Pro Challenge were toast. But to reach the day’s ascent total of 12,000 vertical feet (!), they still had to punch themselves in the gut and ride up the short but […]

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Land in the Sky: Clouds

Land in the Sky: Clouds

by John P OGrady August 21, 2013 Blogs

My niece has a theory about ghosts. When the first people came into being, there were no clouds, just clear skies everywhere. Then when the first human being died, a cloud appeared in the sky. When the next one died, another cloud appeared in the sky. Then another, and another. On and on it went, this […]

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Mountain Passages: Ghost Bike

Mountain Passages: Ghost Bike

by Alan Stark August 19, 2013 Blogs

There was hate in the cyclist’s eyes. I was caught by traffic and blocking an intersection. Dumb move on my part; I should have been paying more attention. He was on a high-end road bike and in full kit—tall, skinny, powerful, and unshaven. I had blocked his turn. He yelled, “You Fucker!” and then slammed […]

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All You Childless Grown-ups Out There Can Just Shut Up!

All You Childless Grown-ups Out There Can Just Shut Up!

by Rachel Walker August 16, 2013 Blogs

All You Childless Grown-ups Out There Can Just Shut Up By Rachel Walker I remember the last time I knew everything there was to know about parenting. It was July 2009, and I was standing in a huddle of adults in a garage in Huntington, Vermont.  At the bottom of the huddle, sitting on the […]

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Postcard: Main Street chillin’

Postcard: Main Street chillin’

by Devon O'Neil August 15, 2013 Blogs

Summer is never long enough in the Mountain West. Owing to that annual fact of life, it’s easy to get caught up in the frenzied push to ride every trail or hike every peak or fish every alpine lake before the snow and ice return again. Sometimes I forget that one of summer’s special gifts […]

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