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…

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.…

Conservation Mini Film Fest Showcases Diverse Sustainability Practice

Written by Haley Colgate Have you ever been to Stratton Open Space? How about Red Rock Canyon Open Space? Beyond “Open Space,” these places have…

Opening Day at Arapahoe Basin

Above: Overlook of Arapahoe Basin on the morning of opening day. Photo courtesy of Dave Camara. Arapahoe Basin kicked off the 2016-2017 season with slopes filled…

Stacy Allison’s “Beyond the Limits”: A Book by the First Female American to Summit Everest

Written by Nikki Mills Stacy Allison poses at the top of Mt. Everest. Photo courtesy of Stacy Allison. Take a deep…