Eldorado Canyon State Park is one of Colorado’s premier climbing destinations. Nestled in a hidden little valley just a few minutes from the edge of Boulder, Colorado, Eldo is a spot most people will never have reason to visit. Unless you’re a rock climber.
If you’re a climber, Eldo is a Mecca.
I spend a lot of time on the road. This is, after all, a travel blog. But I can never spend all my time abroad — the pull of home is too strong. And climbing, for me, is a huge part of that pull. I don’t write about it much — but the fact is, climbing is just as exciting as anything I do abroad. (And I have not been that successful at climbing while on the road). So today, we’re going to take a look at one of the reasons I love my home so much, and why Colorado is a premier travel destination for many adventurers.
Prayer flags fluttering in front of snow-capped peaks? Huge glacial rivers carving out immense valleys in the mountains? A journey you take with your own two feet, where you can disconnect from technology and the stresses of everyday life?
Sounds good, right?
Those are just a few of the reasons you should go trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. Still need convincing? We’ve got 10 more great reasons below the break!
“Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains” was first published in 1990. Well before the cultural zeitgeist embraced the outdoors as the hippest, healthiest place to play, and long before #adventure became chic, Krakauer began his book with this epigraph:
“Having an adventure shows that someone is incompetent, that something has gone wrong. An adventure is interesting enough in retrospect, especially to the person who didn’t have it; at the time it happens it usually constitutes an exceedingly disagreeable experience.”
There’s something to be said here about the wisdom of your elders, but considering the name of this website, I’ll leave it hanging.
A collection of climbing and mountaineering essays and articles written for Outside Magazine and others, “Eiger Dreams” was the first book ever released by author Jon Krakauer, who would later go on to find literary fame with two heavy hitters: “Into The Wild” and “Into Thin Air.” By nature of being an essay collection, “Eiger Dreams” doesn’t demonstrate the thematic and narrative tightness of those later books; some essays are worth reading, others will likely have you skipping ahead to see how much longer until the next one.
On the heels of last week’s Ski Video Sunday, Red Bull has dropped a 45-minute documentary about speedflying (or speedriding, as they call it) in the Alaska Range. Featuring world-class skiiers Filippo Fabbi and Jon DeVore, “The Unrideables: Alaska Range” delves into the psychology of these daredevils. The video also takes viewers beyond the stunning vistas and thrilling POV shots which I showcased last week, pointing out the preparation and poise which these athletes must demonstrate when they venture into the realm of skiing untouched peaks.
You can view the whole video on Red Bull’s official website: “The Unrideables: Alaska Range.”
UNFORTUNATELY the full video is no longer available on Red Bull’s website. They are now asking $13 for the film on iTunes. The film is a great adventure film/ ski film, but ultimately nothing that breaks out of what is typical for the genre. I would advise you to pass on purchasing the film unless you are way into extreme sports or these sorts of films.
The Sun Down Bowl, Sun Up Bowl and China Bowl are now open on the back side of Vail Mountain.
The early-season openings mean that three of Vail’s seven Legendary Back Bowls are now open.
Game Creek Bowl is open; Blue Sky Basin is also open as of 12/4/2014. Lots of terrain opening up very early; this 2014 ski season is looking good!
Photo taken on the ridge between Game Creek Bowl and Sun Down Bowl. Snow was a little icy today (first day of December, 12/1/2014) due to sunny conditions and a lack of new snow. More snow is expected in Vail on Wednesday (update: did not materialize), although as my father always says: you can’t predict the weather.