Club Spotlight: The Colorado College Equestrian Team

Written by Sasha Hart If you’ve ever seen a group of people wearing beige pants and tall boots standing by the Loomis circle on a…

“Pizza” with Pride: Being a Beginner Skier at CC

Written by Melanie Mandell “If you’re going to school in Colorado, you must ski, right?” This is a question I’ve been asked by virtually everyone…

Aspen Skiing Company Acquires Intrawest, Sparks Resort Rivalry

On Monday, Aspen Skiing Company and private equity firm KSL Capital Partners announced their purchase of Intrawest Resort Holdings for $1.5 billion, including the company’s…

Stop Petitioning and BYOB

“It would seem like an anomaly to see a student carrying around a disposable plastic water bottle,” senior Zoë Holland proclaimed. “And yet, students carry…

Eco-Friendly Running: Strides Towards Reducing Our Environmental Footprint

By Haley Colgate Over Spring Break, I volunteered at the finish line of the Ogden Winter Racing Circuit in Utah. As one race in a…

Increasing Cost of Lift Passes Creates Divisions on Campus

With Winterfest this weekend, skiers and snowboarders alike are readying themselves for the slopes. Yet for some, Winterfest is unattainable; while ski passes such as…

The Fresh Prince of Outdoor Design

In a pithy talk that seemed designed to convince audience members that he is still a college kid at heart, product designer, manager, and innovator…

Trump’s Executive Order Pushes Responsibility for Action onto Environmental Enthusiasts

On March 28, President Donald Trump sided with corporate polluters, specifically those present within the coal industry, when he signed an executive order that would…

Career Whitewater Instructor David Hughes Offers Advice for Students Learning to Kayak

David Hughes has instructed whitewater kayaking since 1998, beginning with a high school program called Adventure Quest. Five years later, he founded his own kayak-oriented…

Spring Break in the Outdoors: Outdoor Education Level II Leadership Training

By Rachel Fitch Spring Break is a wonderful way to break up the arduous semester, especially on the Block Plan. Since elementary school, students have…

Intramural Sports: A Culture of Competition

Are you mildly athletic? Did you peak in high school? Do you enjoy wearing white tube socks, sweatbands, and running shorts? If you can answer…

Favoring Fun: A Glimpse Into the Life of the CC Cycling Team

The Colorado College cycling team is a tight-knit group of riders who compete in road, mountain, cyclocross, and track cycling races. During the fall the…

The Science of Snowmelt: A Changing Landscape of Colorado

It’s that time of year. Technically, it’s still winter in Colorado, but the snow is melting and the temperature is rising. Snowmelt has always been…

Biking Trails In and Around Colorado Springs

If you have ever wondered about taking your bike off campus and exploring our wonderful surroundings on a set of wheels, or if you have…

Hidden Treasure: The Seven Bridges Trail

Written by Sasha Hart Although the weather in Colorado has been all over the map in recent weeks, take advantage of one of the sunnier…

Uncovering the Controversy Behind Bears Ears National Monument

Written by Rachel Fitch Right before he left office, President Barack Obama set aside 1.3 million acres of land as the Bear Ears National Monument in…

Backcountry Cooking for Dummies

Every fourth Wednesday you’re bound to find frenzied Colorado College students in every aisle of King Soopers, loading up on cheap wares before heading off…

Racing Towards Environmental Change: The 9th Annual Alseseca Kayak Race

Written by Beau Burns Over winter break, while many students were preparing for Half Block, I traveled south to Veracruz, Mexico. I planned my trip…

Building From the Ground Up: A New Addition to the Outdoor Education Center

Written by Sonya Padden and Helen Carter Boats, skis, bikes, and backpacks are just some of the many high-quality items that Colorado College’s Gear House…

Behind the Scenes: The 12th Anniversary of Colorado Mountain Club’s Backcountry Film Festival

Founded in 1912 by a group of 25 dedicated, outdoor-oriented civilians, the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC) has experienced exponential growth, expanding into all realms of…

Women’s Wednesdays Provide Supportive Climbing Environment

Rock climbing has been seen as a macho boy’s club since its inception in the Alps. However, as the 20th century passed its halfway point,…

A Conversation with Conservationist and Outdoorsman James Mills

James Mills stands in front of some 50 people in Slocum Commons to speak about diversity in the outdoors. He is at Colorado College touring…

The Death of the Ski Bum and Intentional Tourism

“The ski bum is extinct,” Director of Sustainability Ian Johnson declared. This sentiment was echoed by many ski resort workers featured in my Catalyst article…

Working Together to Workout Better

Written by Melanie Mandell Undoubtedly the hardest part of working out is finding the motivation to do so. One needs to decide when to go…

Conquering the Universe: Achievement as a Status Symbol in the Outdoors

Written by Rachel Fitch When famous mountaineer George Leigh Mallory was asked why he wanted to climb Everest, he responded, “Because it’s there.” He further…

How Gap Years Can Prepare You For College: A Semester in Patagonia

Written by Connor Nolan Above:A NOLS team trekking through the Aysen region of Patagonia. Photos Courtesy of Connor Nolan In the…

The Ahlberg Leadership Institute: Where Students Learn to Become Leaders For Life

“Outdoor Education builds on the mission of the College by allowing students to enhance their leadership skills, gain a sense of stewardship, and engage in…

National Treasures At Bargain Basement Prices

When Ryan Zinke, the newly confirmed secretary of the interior, was asked about his views on climate change, he responded with a heartwarming story about…