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Posts Tagged With ‘ climbing ’

 

Steps to Summit Your First 14er

May 9th, 2018

When you look out over the mountain peaks that make Colorado one of the most beautiful places to live in the country, you may see certain summits that tower over the others, snowcapped even late into the summer. Many of these are known as 14ers, and their height reaches over 14,000 feet above sea level. There are 58 of these massive peaks in Colorado, the most of any state in the country, and conquering them is a rite of passage for any outdoor enthusiast. But don’t think you can just hop on a trail and summit a 14er—these monsters take more preparation than you might think. Here’s a handy... Read More

5 Great Rock Climbing Spots in Boulder

March 14th, 2018

Boulder residents are nothing if not adventurous, and with a slew of jagged peaks, soaring canyons, and other beautiful natural features just begging to be conquered, rock climbing is a popular pastime. We found five great places to get in a killer climb for those adventurous spirits. 1.  Eldorado Canyon Eldorado Canyon, a state park just south of Boulder, offers hundreds of routes up 700-foot cliffs. Climb along south-facing routes in the springtime, and beat the heat in the summer by finding shaded routes. This park can get crowded on weekends, so go early to get your climb on! 2. The Flatirons You’ve... Read More

7 Dog-Friendly Hikes in Boulder County

February 14th, 2018

If you’re like me, you like getting outside with your furry best friend. But sometimes it’s hard to know what trails allow four-legged adventuring companions and which frown on it. Here at AboutBoulder we’ve compiled a list of the best dog-friendly hikes in the area so you’ll never have to leave your pup behind again! Royal Arch Trail This challenging 3.4-mile loop will gain 1,358 feet and provide you and your pooch with a killer workout. The trailhead begins in Chautauqua and splits off at the flagstone staircase—just follow the signs. Ascend through pine forests and wildflower meadows... Read More

What’s in a name?

May 11th, 2017

Boulder is a pretty interesting name for a city, don’t you think? Both a pronoun and a noun gives it a fairly unique affect. I was thinking about the reasoning behind of the name of the city, deducing (incorrectly) that it must have been named for some of the world class bouldering found around the Flatirons and in the surrounding area. But after some digging, I discovered that it was thought to be named after Boulder Creek, the thirty-mile creek flowing through downtown and outwards from the Rocky Mountains. There is no real consensus on this matter however, and very little information on the... Read More

Bouldering in Boulder?? — You know it’s gotta be good

January 26th, 2017

The history of rock climbing and bouldering had its genesis with mountaineering and alpinism in the late 18th century, although climbing rocks had been a feat accomplished long before. In the 14th century, a Native American tribe called the Anasazi drilled holes and carved stairs into rock cliffs in Chaco Canyon, but it wasn’t until 1786 with the first ascent of Mont Blanc, that the ‘modern era’ of climbing truly came into being. The history of Boulder’s rock climbing and bouldering history began a little over one hundred years later in 1896 when a group of Boulder Hikers formed the Rocky... Read More

Faces of Boulder – Pic of the Day!

November 17th, 2016

Rose is a Boulder-based outdoor climbing enthusiast. Here, she enjoys climbing on the legendary arch outside during the super moonset in Morrison early Monday morning. A frigid river crossing and precarious scrambling leads us to watch the super moon set from a spectacular location on earth. Rose recently completed climbing all 3 flatirons this summer!  Read More

Faces of Boulder – Pic of the Day!

November 10th, 2016

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Faces of Boulder – Pic of the Day!

October 27th, 2016

Marcus has the enthusiasm for life and rock climbing. “If you have a good group of friends,” he smiles, “then climbing is amazing!” While he just started rock climbing only a year ago, he has ascended some of the more challenging routes in the area.  Read More

Faces of Boulder – Pic of the Day!

October 20th, 2016

“Put me on a mountain, and I can find my way around,” Dan Beerman begins, “but get me in a building, and I have no idea where I am.” Dan absolutely loves to climb. You’ll hear him shout positive phrases when you’re out on the rocks with him. He’ll show you the ropes and let you know what ‘knot’ to do. One of his dreams is to be able to take groups out climbing  in Colorado’s best climbing spots.  Read More

Faces of Boulder – Pic of the Day!

September 22nd, 2016

“We must conquer the rock to show our mightiness.” comments Jonah on his experience rock climbing. This was Jonah’s first time climbing outdoors, catching a glimpse of what the rock’s in Boulder taste like. He has never done much climbing before, but due to the friendliness of the rock climbing community and the nature of climbing itself, he’s hooked. Even coming from a strong basketball background, he was still fascinated by Colorado’s  rock formations when he moved to Colorado.  Read More

Freedom in One Direction

August 2nd, 2016

I fell into climbing almost serendipitously – the last time that I returned to Hawaii, a friend of mine with whom I was reconnecting after many years had, since my previous move, become completely enamored with the sport of bouldering. I was perplexed, totally, finding myself in the camp of outsiders who, without insight, might only be able to view rock climbing in any form as simply a recreational amusement for thrill seekers, strength jockeys, extremists. Presumptive as that may be, he never did and still doesn’t fit this profile, and so with my curiosity piqued I accepted his invitation... Read More

Faces of Boulder – Pic of the Day!

February 6th, 2016

Some people have adventure in their blood, an obvious passion for exploring and Randy exudes exactly that. An avid outdoorsman, Randy had dreamed of moving back to Colorado since living here briefly over 30 years ago. Whether its hiking, skiing, climbing or riding, any spare time he has is spent in the mountains. “The mountains are really my passion, not just a hobby. Whatever I can do to be up there…that’s where I’m at.” Motorcycles have also always been a passion so putting the two together has been wonderful for him. Randy has worked in pretty much every facet of the construction... Read More

Faces of Boulder- Pic of the Day!

November 5th, 2015

Summit of the Week! This group shared a sunset on South Boulder Peak this past week. After spending the day hiking through the Flatirons, they all took a second to soak up the beautiful setting sun on this beautiful city. When asked what their favorite part of being in in Boulder was, they all replied, “this, of course”!   Nice to meet you guys! Enjoy the rest of the cool weather before the snow comes!  Read More

Faces of Boulder- Pic of the Day!

October 24th, 2015

These Colorado hikers love reaching the summit! So what is more satisfying, the journey or the destination? Well both are equally important if you ask these gentleman. With a pack, climbing gear, and smiling faces, these two were with a small group spending the afternoon exploring our beautiful backcountry. Nice meeting you guys!  Read More

The Trace of Overcoming

September 13th, 2015

If you ask five people why they participate in outdoorsy activities, you’re likely to get five different answers. They might have similarities—health consciousness, a love of nature—but the real thrust of their recreation is unique. Boulder, of course, is known for the opportunities afforded its athletically inclined residents and visitors. If you’re into running, biking, skiing, or any other verbs-turned-pastimes, this city and its surroundings are your huckleberry. For me, one thing connects these activities: conquering. I know that sounds dramatic, but it’s everywhere. Anyone who participates... Read More

Faces of Boulder Pic of the Day!

July 3rd, 2015

  Meet Maddy! Maddy is getting ready to start college, but isn’t sure where she wants to go, but has been looking into CU Boulder. She is from Colorado and really likes it here, and is trying to decide is she wants to stay in state, or explore someplace new. Maddy is a gymnast, and has just started to get into rock climbing. She likes climbing because its all about being afraid and out of your comfort zone, and conquering it.  Read More

Athlete Spotlight

June 26th, 2015

Boulder is a city full of transplants. People from all over migrate to Boulder for the countless outdoor activities, the beautiful scenery, the culture focused on sustainability and healthy living, among other reasons. Today I sat down with Sarah Filler: a new Boulderite, an avid climber, and setter at the world-renowned climbing gym, The Spot, to talk about living and climbing in Boulder. Where were you living before Boulder? Originally from Buffalo, NY, and I spent a short time in Salt Lake City. What inspired the move?             I wanted to branch out and experience living in another... Read More

Welcome to Park Season

June 19th, 2015

Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a glorious place. Home to Longs Peak, the Diamond, Emerald Lake, Bierstadt Lake, Bear Lake, and much more. There are hikes with tear-inducing views, incredible climbing, and world-class fishing. At a time when the Front Range is too hot to climb and local rivers are too fast to fish, it is time to head to The Park. The Park is the ultimate outdoor oasis for both Colorado natives and Colorado newbies. With over 300 miles of hiking trails, The Park has something for everybody: from more difficult hikes like The Keyhole Route up Longs Peak to casual strolls to... Read More

Faces of Boulder – Pic of the Day!

June 18th, 2015

  Meet Dillon! Dillon is a junior at CU Boulder and is studying Film with a minor in technology arts and media. He has made some awesome short films ranging from horror movies, to outdoor adventure and climbing videos. Dillon is also a talented musician, and composes the soundtrack and scores for many of his films! He even works for Jefferson County Parks and Recreation making videos about the parks. When he is filming or making music, Dillon spends his time doing things like dirtbiking, and rockclimbing! “I like climbing because it is completely terrifying. When you are on the wall... Read More

An Ode to Vertical Adventure

June 12th, 2015

If you have lived in Boulder long enough, you have probably noticed climbers with their callused hands and their chalk-covered capris. You can witness climbers in their natural environment at any one of the six climbing gyms in Boulder, or meandering through the prepared foods section in WholeFoods for a post-workout meal. More commonly though, climbers embark on migrations to outdoor challenges, whether that means the thousand feet of climbing up the Flatirons, or the granite boulders in Rocky Mountain National Park, or the day-long climb up The Diamond on Longs Peak. However, long before protein... Read More