Heather Mobley, who is mentored by Marcus Garcia at his Durango Rock Lounge, is preparing for a climbing competition in Finland. She has been climbing for two years and ice climbing for only four months, but competed in the Ouray Ice Fest a few weeks ago and "conquered a lot of my fears." Garcia says gym workouts, known as dry tooling, "builds their confidence, there's good translation from gym to ice." (Nina Riggio, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Climbing gyms are hot, but longtime climbers worry gym rats aren’t learning basic real-world safety

Traditional mentorships that have passed down safety tips for generations are fading, even as the number of climbers is growing

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Colorado to challenge Trump administration decision ending states’ waiver for stricter vehicle-emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday is set to end a waiver that allowed California and other states to have tighter vehicle emissions rules than ones mandated federally

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EPA set to end California’s ability to regulate fuel economy, which could impact Colorado

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