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…

Staying Safe in the Search for Powder

The series of storms that took hold of the Western U.S. and a large part of Colorado in the past month wreaked havoc for those…

Resort Reality: Ski Employees Face Financial Nightmares

For many Colorado College grads, working at a ski resort after graduation is the ideal set-up. Despite last year’s commencement speaker’s suggestion that CC students…

Is Snowshoeing A New Fitness Trend?

As it gets colder and snow starts falling, avid outdoor runners and hikers sometimes struggle to find a way to pursue their passions and fitness…

Competitive Snowboarder Voices Opinion on Snowboard Culture at CC

Letter to the Editor: In response to “Snowboarding Culture in Decline: Is Stigmatism Among CC Skier Population to Blame?” by Griffin Mansi While I respect…

The Manitou Incline 2.0

Photo above: Newly constructed railroad ties reinforce the Manitou Incline. The Incline is now re-opened for visitors to enjoy. Photos by Mary Murphy After months of…

Snowboarding Culture in Decline: Is Stigmatism Among CC Skier Population to Blame?

Written by Griffin Mansi Skiing is pervasive during the winter months; yet few appreciate that for many, snow means the beginning of snowboard season, not ski…

Wanderlust Workouts: Exercising On-the-Go

Written by Sophia Skelly If you’re lucky enough to travel this winter break, you may be feeling nervous about staying in shape while on the move.…

Bedtime Yoga: A Break From the CC Grind

All Colorado College students, regardless of major or hobby, are familiar with the constant struggle to balance school, extracurriculars, social life, and personal health (both…

Emmett de Maynadier Brings Whitewater Stoke and Vision to CC

Emmett de Maynadier is a Colorado College sophomore, an avid whitewater enthusiast, and the Outdoor Recreation Committee’s (ORC) newly-appointed Whitewater Raft Coordinator. Already the Whitewater…

The Parallels Between Hunting and Vegetarianism

Written by Natalie Gubbay Drive west, and the quaint houses of suburban Colorado give way to gas stations, RVs, and mountain passes. Signs hanging over…

Crack Climbing Community Mobs Indian Creek

Written by Griffin Mansi This past Block Break, members of the Colorado College climbing community made the annual pilgrimage to Indian Creek near Moab, U.T.…

Bureau of Land Management Ruling Allows Colorado College Outdoor Department Access to Moab Whitewater

Some of Utah’s best beginner-friendly whitewater and towering canyon walls are now available to Colorado College students, thanks to the Outdoor Recreation Committee (ORC). The…

Learning Through Exploration: The Ritt Kellogg Fund

Written by Mary Murphy The Ritt Kellogg Memorial Fund (RKMF) was started in 1995 in honor of Ritt Kellogg, a Colorado College grad who tragically died…

Effortless Conquest: Navigating the Commercialization of Pikes Peak

Last Saturday, I skied Pikes Peak for the first time. A few years ago, I would have balked at that sentence; Pikes, the triumphant patriarch…

Lightning Do’s and Don’ts: Tips for Staying Safe During Storm Season

Written by Michael Hasson As first-year Jesse Metzger strolled along the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park last summer, his casual thru-hike quickly turned into…

Manitou Incline Closing for Repairs

Written by Mary Murphy Manitou Springs will be without the Manitou Incline (informally known as the Incline) for about four months, as the well-known local…

Mountain Equipment Recyclers: “Outdoor Gear with a Greater Cause”

Written by Carol Newton Have you ever needed a new piece of outdoor equipment but felt like you couldn’t afford it because of the steep…

A Life Coach with a Paddle: Jesse Metzger and Lessons Learned from Whitewater Kayaking

Whitewater enthusiasts will often say that the river is the best teacher. I could not agree more. While this may be true within a kayaking…

CC Students Explore the San Juan River

The outdoors is often valued for offering an escape from the stresses of daily life. Yet this sweet escape comes at a cost. This includes…

Earth Day: A Global Movement for the Environment

Written by Carol Newton With so many exciting activities happening on campus as we approach the end of the year, Earth Day may be the…