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 in its path. Parts of California flooded, I-70 closed, and […]

Potential Benefits of Prolonged Warm Weather

Waking up in a flooded tent to the sound of rapidly accumulating snow is not the picture most had in mind for the late-September Block Break. Yet this is what some FOOT trips and independent […]

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 financial, physical, and at times even mental obstacles, all to […]

Spring, Sunshine, and Skiing

Springtime in Colorado is a unique and exciting time because both summer and winter activities can flourish. The daily weather may remain unpredictable and variable, as per the usual Colorado standards, yet the warmer trends […]

Ski More, Skimo

Photo courtesy of Sonya Padden What is Skimo? It’s short for ski mountaineering, and besides always including an uphill component, it can range from casual spring ski endeavors to rappelling down rock faces and skiing […]

Night skiing: Shred now, sleep later

The words “night” and “winter” usually do not inspire thoughts of being active, but I’m here to tell you that they should. Looking out my window on a dark snowy evening, it seems so tempting […]

Colorado 14ers: Conquering beautiful beasts

I thought that while hiking 14ers I would uncover some big secret. I was expecting to be hit with some novel revelation. During my hikes, I anticipated that after the long approach, after coming nose-to-nose […]