Hiker survives 1,500-foot fall, mountain storm

ASPEN – Tuesday was a tough day for Dave and LaShawn Montoya. After rescuers searched the rugged backcountry around Pyramid Peak for two days, including during one of the nastiest winter storms of...

DATE: March 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

‘Dirtbags’ author graduates with new book

How do you nest when you largely live on the road? Luke Mehall, author of Great American Dirtbags and American Climber, has released a new book about the trials of growing up a dirtbag. Revisiting...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Books

‘Sixty Meters to Anywhere’ a brutally honest climbing book

Coping with addiction often involves defining a person’s life by what they can’t do. At the age of 23, Brendan Leonard was defining his life in that fashion. He couldn’t drink alcohol, and he...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Photo: Light at the end of the canyon

Light at the end of the canyon

DATE: July 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Luke Mehall set to release book ‘American Climber’

When people think of the life of a climber, they often think of the dirtbag lifestyle. For those who don’t know any dirtbags, they tend to live an unconventional life. Loosely defined, they give up...

DATE: April 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Inspiring women to be featured on Women Outside panel

Backcountry Experience is ready to welcome some big names in women’s outdoors sports. The Durango-based outdoor gear shop will host an event called Women Outside featuring female athletes,...

DATE: April 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Steph Davis’ ‘Learning to Fly’ a story of climbing, BASE jumping and love

When you think of the best climbers in the world, Steph Davis is a name that often comes to mind. She has completed some of the hardest climbing routes in the world, is the only woman to free solo...

DATE: March 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Durango woman gives up foot to resume active lifestyle

This month, Durangoan Bee Morin went ice climbing to celebrate an anniversary. One year ago, Morin, 29, made a seemingly impossible choice to have her right foot surgically amputated to be rid of...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rad trad rock climbing over Animas Valley in Durango

Looking for a cruiser classic that still takes some grit? Apple Cider, rated a 5.8 trad climb, at the East Animas crags in Durango might be what your looking for. “Apple Cider is a good one,...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Dalla Mountain Park

This place is magic. Trails dart through ponderosa pine forests and curl around massive boulders. And it’s just above the northwest side of Durango. Sort of an extension of its temperamental...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Yosemite rockfall changes the face of a world-class climb

FRESNO, Calif. – A massive sheet of rock fell from the vertical face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park earlier in July, making one of the most popular routes attempted by climbers in North...

DATE: July 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Hiking the Animas Forks Catwalk

An iconic, ridge-lover’s fantasy, The Catwalk is an 0.4-mile-long knife ridge located north of the Cinnamon Pass Road, east of Animas Forks. The constriction links Animas Forks Mountain and Point...

DATE: July 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

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