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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New federal charges against Planned Parenthood gunman don’t necessarily equate to a faster outcome

If Robert Lewis Dear’s competency is questioned in the federal case, as it was in the state case, a resolution to the deadly 2015 shooting at a clinic in Colorado Springs could still be far off

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Authorities identify Fort Collins woman killed in backcountry avalanche

Michelle Lindsay, 29, of Fort Collins was buried under snow at Diamond Peak on Sunday