—Illustration by Michael Byers
Once the startups of Colorado’s craft beer community, some of the state’s most successful brands are now putting their malted barley where their mouths are, embarking on a wave of expansions at home and across the nation as the movement toward handcrafted suds drives demand skyward. Julia Herz...
Boulder pro climber and three-time U.S. bouldering champ Angie Payne
—Photograph by Claudia López
Colorado’s rock climbing opportunities just expanded—by about 32,000 square feet. In November, Movement Climbing + Fitness, a five-year-old Boulder institution, opened its first Mile High City location in the Baker neighborhood. A favorite training ground of climbing elites such as three-time...
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When former bike racer Biju Thomas’ helmet struck concrete in a bike wreck near Chatfield Reservoir in 2010, so did inspiration. The fall wasn’t serious, but as Thomas cruised back to his Highland home, he pondered the what-ifs. By the time Thomas pedaled into his driveway, an idea for worst-case...
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Last fall, Steamboat Springs–born Olympians Bryan and Taylor Fletcher followed a strict eight-hour-per-day Nordic combined training schedule at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Park City headquarters: ski jumping, weight lifting, and roller-skiing up to 20 miles with poles in hand. This...
—Photograph by Jeff Nelson
Thirty years ago, the life expectancy for those living with Down syndrome was 25. Today, for the approximately 400,000 Americans with the genetic condition, it’s 60. That’s due in part to medical advances, such as longer-lasting fixes for congenital heart defects, as well as cultural shifts in...
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When Alliance for Sustainable Colorado debuted its newly renovated, LEED-certified digs in July, the 10-year-old nonprofit put more than just the latest in green building features—such as low-flow toilet and water fixtures, cork floors, and low-VOC paints and adhesives—on display. It also showcased...
—Courtesy of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
Like judging boxing, gymnastics, or ice-skating, scoring the health of a forest is subjective. And until recently, there wasn’t even a set of agreed-upon rules. This year, though, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) released a “grade book” for assessing arboreal fitness: the Forest...
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For better or worse, 2014 may well be remembered as the year Coloradans began legally purchasing buds, joints, and marijuana-laced edibles for recreational use. Sure, the governor called this ballot decision “reckless,” but at least one number might suggest...