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Ryan Wichelns

Articles By Ryan Wichelns

The Best Winter Gear for Colorado’s Ski Slopes and Beyond

Choice equipment from the chairlift to the backcountry to après.

Our Favorite Colorado Essentials for Backcountry Adventures

Six local items every high-alpine backpacker will love.

6 Must-Have Pieces of Gear to Get You Through Colorado’s Wildfire Season

Don’t let the fear of flames stop you from enjoying the great outdoors.

The Novice’s Guide to eFoiling in Colorado

Want to catch a wave but don’t have a boat to make one? eFoiling—essentially motorized wakeboarding—is the newest, coolest way to do it.

Nathan Kurth's Super Stinson Voyager plane flying over a snowy peak of the Rocky Mountains

Colorado Bush Pilots Are Taking to the Skies in Search of Backcountry Ski Lines

Nathan Kurth has a secret weapon for monitoring avalanche conditions and scouting new runs: a 230-horsepower airplane.

The Beginner’s Guide to Climbing Colorado’s Thirteeners

Centennial State fourteeners get all the glory, but Colorado’s 13,000-foot mountains are just as beautiful—and far less crowded.

Redcliff Peak

You’ll pad through lush forests and traverse numerous streambeds before summiting this 13,642-foot beauty near Ridgway.

James Peak

One of Colorado’s most popular thirteeners, James Peak provides the opportunity to trek across a glacier.

South Arapaho Peak

Soak up views of Rocky Mountain National Park, Lake Granby, and the Indian Peaks from the top of South Arapaho Peak.

Hayden Mountain

If you’ve never traveled along southwestern Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway to Red Mountain Pass, you should—and hike up Hayden Mountain while you’re there.

Mt. Ridgway and Whitehouse Mountain

This trek in the rugged San Juan Mountains gets hikers two summits for the price of one.

10 Essentials for Your Daypack

These items should always be within reach, whether you expect to be on the trail for two hours or two days.

What to Know Before You Climb a Thirteener

Fewer people plus elevated risk can equal more fun—but only if you’re prepared for the journey.

4 Uncharted Colorado Trails for Expert Hikers

Unmaintained trails on public land offer a plethora of fun adventures—if you have the right skills.

Skiers Near Telluride Are Using Two-Way Radios to Stay Safer in Backcountry Locales

The system they’ve created, which allows skiers and riders to communicate via common frequencies, has helped save lives—and set a national standard for backcountry radio use.

Why Expert Skiers Are the Ones Getting Caught in Backcountry Accidents

A Colorado Avalanche Information Center study from late last year found that an increased percentage of avalanche accidents involve experienced skiers and riders. What does that mean for this season’s deadly slides?

Is Avalanche Education Enough To Prevent Backcountry Accidents?

Colorado Tourism pushed backcountry safety this season. But a string of high profile accidents still occurred.

Colorado Wildfire Smoke Has Been Unprecedented Lately. Get Used to It

A confluence of factors—namely massive fires resulting from climate change—brought dangerous smoke to the Front Range this summer. Here’s why we can expect it to be the new normal.

Is Mt. Evans Due for a New Name?

The fourteener’s namesake authorized one of the most shameful acts in Colorado history—and some think it’s time for a change.

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