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Colorado’s Six Most Action-Packed Mountain Ranges

If you’re looking for outrageous adventure, these mountain systems deliver the goods.

5280 December 2017

5280 December 2017

Features

The First-Ever Attempt to Paraglide the Length of Colorado’s Rockies

A Carbondale-based paraglider attempts to soar the length of Colorado’s Rockies—capricious alpine weather be damned.

Does Time Stand Still in the Wilderness?

One Colorado man decides to find out if science can explain why the minutes and hours seem to expand when we venture outdoors.

Walking In Zebulon Pike’s Footsteps

Do the Colorado-based exploits of one of America’s most iconic explorers deserve another look?

The Last Isolated Places in Colorado

Whether it’s because of their remoteness or the difficult-to-score permits needed to reach them, these eight bucket-list destinations are the stuff of adrenaline-fueled dreams.

Department

Backcountry Boating

Inside the niche sport of packrafting.

Turn Your Instagram Into a Life of Adventure

Want epic excursions and free gear from awesome brands? All you have to do is follow the examples set by these three Coloradans.

From the Editor

A Sense of Wonder

A letter from the editor of our adventure-packed December 2017 issue.

Compass

Will Colorado Ski Resorts Be Short Staffed This Winter?

As the Trump Administration entertains the idea of cutting federal visa programs, seasonal workers might be harder to find.

Apollo Flight Labs

The Most Futuristic Technology Coming Out of Colorado

Gadgets that once appeared only in sci-fi shows have now become a reality, thanks in part to local companies.

15 Colorado Events That’ll Get Your Heart Pumping in 2018

This curated list of adrenaline-fueled shindigs will make the next 12 months your most adventurous yet.

Sean Parsons

The New Ski Bum Is No Slacker

What does a ski bum do when it’s time to build a career? Find a co-working space, enter the tech world, and embrace the entrepreneurial spirit—all without leaving the mountains.

Adventure

The World Ax Throwing League Comes To Denver

Competitors will challenge each other remotely this month at Denver’s Bad Axe Throwing

Strafe

Four Diehard Colorado Athletes Who Make Great Outdoor Gear

No need for focus groups. These local gear company founders draw on their own experience as experienced athletes to create equipment outdoor adventurers actually want.

18 Outdoor Gear Essentials for Every Season

Eighteen items from Centennial State brands that will keep your adventures fresh, functional, and—most important—fun all year round.

The Trials of Dating in Colorado When You Don’t Ski

A nonskier relives her stressful search for love and (wander)lust in Colorado.

A Colorado Athlete Conquers 100-Plus Consecutive Miles of Water

In 2017, Sarah Thomas became the first athlete to complete a century swim.

Eat and Drink

Restaurant Review: El Five

El Five takes diners on a wacky, delicious ride replete with penthouse views and tapas from across the Mediterranean.

Q&A: Local Top Chef Contestants Carrie Baird and Brother Luck

Read all about their season 15 escapades before the Colorado season of Top Chef premieres on December 7.

edible bugs

Meet Denver’s First Edible-Bug Rancher

Plus six tasty ways to eat your insects.

Backstory

The Coolest Outdoor Recreation World Records Held By Coloradans

From the most human-powered BASE jumps in 24 hours to the oldest person to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro, our denizens have achieved some serious outdoorsy feats.

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