Special to The Colorado Sun
Climbing gyms used to only offer dead-end jobs. Now, they’re a foothold for a route through the industry.
As the rock gym industry has grown -- there were 507 in the U.S. last year -- and become more sophisticated, so has work keeping climbing routes fresh
For farmers in a mental health crisis, it’s often tough to seek help. A Colorado program aims to begin conversations.
Amid uncertainties over tariffs and declining income, suicides are increasing in Colorado and rates are higher in rural areas than in urban environments
Pueblo saw hemp as an economic opportunity, so it pounced with taxpayer dollars and hopes of growing big business
Pueblo Economic Development Corp. sees hemp as a natural extension of southern Colorado’s ag and industrial heritage, and is laying down cash and tax credits to lure companies that agree to meet job-creation goals
Colorado mountain biking program teaches girls to conquer trails, with an eye toward helping in other parts of life
The Cycle Effect brings the recreation and competition of affluent mountain communities to traditionally underserved residents -- with payoff for perseverance
As metro Denver grows, another caller wants to tap the vast aquifer under the San Luis Valley
Politically well-connected Renewable Water Resources has Gov. Bill Owens in its court, but a coalition of water warriors has fended off two other attempts
Rural Colorado struggles to find foster homes as new federal law seeks to keep more kids out of group settings
Only 13 families volunteer in the vast, six-county San Luis Valley, where poverty presents one of several obstacles to placement
Whenever crews move dirt in the Garden of the Gods, an archaeologist helps link the present to the past
Colorado Springs reaches out to Native American tribes to give them a voice in preserving artifacts and their cultural heritage
Can rangeland apprenticeships stem the exodus of Colorado ranchers and keep America fed?
The average American farmer is 58 years old. Many inherited their generations-old operations from parents and grandparents, but now find they don't have anyone who wants to take over.
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
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
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
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.
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"
When people die in the outdoors, help for their loved ones is scarce. The climbing community aims to change that.
With climbing comes death. And survivors guilt. Now it’s time to talk about it.
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
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
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