Mt. Elbert (1 hour, 7 minutes, 16 seconds up)
“It is the highest point in Colorado, but it’s a nice wide trail, so you don’t have to worry about falling off a cliff on your way up or down. The views of the mountains around Leadville are spectacular.”
Denver’s colfax marathon goes big on fun (a jaunt through Sports Authority Field at Mile High) and support (13 aid stations). No wonder more than 16,000 runners jammed the starting line this year. But when it comes to adventure…meh. “They’re handing you sports drinks, and if you fall and twist an...
Jes Meiris, minutes before ascending the first pitch of the Nose during her attempt to climb the route last summer. Photo by April Mayhew.
Imagine scaling a sheer, dead-vertical granite wall, roughly twice the height of the Empire State Building. Now imagine doing it all alone, through the black of night, with only spiders and occasional text messages from worried loved ones to keep you company. Jessica Meiris doesn’t need to imagine...
April 2 2015, 9:30 AM
—Photography courtesy of April Mayhew
As the first rays of sunlight struck the Yosemite Valley on June 8, 2014, Jes Meiris reached for the granite wall above her. Suddenly, a piece of gear pulled out of the wall, and Meiris slipped and began to plummet down the rock face. She let out a scream that echoed into the early morning and...
—Illustration by Stuart Bradford
Dick Hurckes is tough on his joints. Having trashed his right knee playing football in his youth, and after wearing out two replacements via an active lifestyle, the 69-year-old from Larkspur was confident his fourth knee, implanted in winter 2009, would be a keeper. But a few months...
—Photo by Daniel Gambino
The view from my accommodations this evening is nothing short of spectacular: 180 degrees of the majestic, snow-capped Continental Divide, bathed in golden twilight. However, instead of calmly taking in the mountain landscape, my heart is racing. That’s because I’m not in a luxury hotel room; I’m...
Photography by Jon Huey
Just before dawn, atop one of the highest paved passes in North America, 20-year-old Coloradan Zak Maytum climbs out of a van wearing a skintight black-and-red leather body suit, a Darth Vader–esque helmet, and Kevlar gloves. The air is calm. He can see each breath as he greets the three similarly...