Articles By Joe Purtell

Environment Primary category in which blog post is published

Acres of destruction left by Colorado’s historic avalanche season are also delivering climate change evidence

Researchers think secrets hidden in the rings of millions of felled trees may reveal the relationship between climate and avalanche cycles

Environment Primary category in which blog post is published

Acres of barren Boulder soil are headed to rehab (and that might just help fight climate change)

Project to make depleted open space owned by the city healthy again could be a blueprint for carbon capture and land management

Outdoors Primary category in which blog post is published

50,000 old photos in Golden are helping scientists answer new questions about climate change

American Alpine Club library's archive of images by early mountaineers holds clues for researchers documenting the retreat of glaciers worldwide

Coloradans Primary category in which blog post is published

Lutes and language: How Colorado’s Tibetan families fight to retain their culture from half a world away

Families from across the state, some generations removed from exile, converge every Sunday in Boulder to share Tibetan traditions. Some drive hours to preserve their past.

Outdoors Primary category in which blog post is published

Bluebird Backcountry hopes to tap the uphill skiing movement for a new resort model

The backcountry resort business plan aims to “revolutionize the culture of skiing here in Colorado by giving people more options"

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As climbing skyrockets, so has its environmental impact. “We really have to step up.”

Climbing coalitions have popped up around the U.S. and are working to manage the impact on trails while lobbying local and national governments to keep public lands accessible

Education Primary category in which blog post is published

To help students improve inside the classroom, Manitou Springs Middle School is taking them outside

The Growth-based Alternative Learning and Leadership Opportunity Program -- or GALLOP -- uses work with animals and gardening to help students build skills

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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