—Courtesy of Ben Koelker
For most mere mortals (and the risk-averse), this month marks the end of fourteener season. If all you’ve got to show for your accomplishments are a few more freckles and some awkward summit selfies, pay attention: Three-month-old Peak Patch wants to help you show off your summer triumphs with its...
When my son Logan was nine years old, he tackled his first fourteener. Although it was a struggle for him most of the way up, when he stumbled, exhausted, onto the summit of Mount Sherman, an enormous smile lit up his entire face. “The fact that I met with challenges along the way, and I overcame...
July 10 2015, 1:30 PM
Summer in the City | 53 cool things to do when Denver heats up—like a slip-and-slide that’s more than three football fields long.
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The Beginner's Guide to Fly-Fishing in Colorado | From how to cast to which fly to use to finding the best...
June 9 2015, 1:00 PM
Hikers traverse the saddle between Grays Peak and Torreys Peak; Photo by Jeff Nelson
As Coloradans, we’re not used to failing. (Hello, top five fittest state, second best startup city, etc.) But when it comes to protecting our high peaks, in some cases, we’re coming damned close. This month, the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) rolls out the first-of-its-kind 14er Report Card...
Why we love it: A steady, well-graded climb of intermediate length that leads you past spectacular scenery and peaceful pines, and ends at a small waterfall.
When to go: Any time of year with Yaktrax, or mid-spring through late fall without.
The 7-mile, out-and-back...
March 17 2015, 10:10 AM
Cresting a 14,000-foot peak is a source of pride and a rite of passage for many Coloradans. And with many of the peaks only a few hours from Denver, it's also a feasible day trip. As a recent Colorado transplant, I decided it was about time I joined the fourteener club. Mount Bierstadt, accessible...
August 19 2014, 9:38 AM
—Photo by Andrew Maguire Photography
Name: Ben Clark
Job: Commercial Filmmaker
In 2002, at the age of 23, when most of us are still trying to find our first real job, Ben Clark hit a career high, both literally and figuratively, by becoming the youngest American to summit Mount Everest. He spent the...
August 12 2014, 3:00 PM
Columbine decorating the slopes of American Basin.
See It: The Columbine Flower is tucked amongst the carpets of wildflowers that adorn the American Basin high in the rugged San Juan Mountains.
Peak Time: July and August
One of the most scenic spots in the San Juan Mountains, American Basin is especially spectacular in the middle of...
July 1 2014, 8:30 AM