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SunLit Interview: Jim Davidson’s harrowing experience led to tools for scaling “The Next Everest”

Jim Davidson is a climber and professional speaker with Speaking of Adventure. During his 40 years of mountaineering, he has ascended high mountains on six continents. He is a New York Times best-selling author who wrote “The Next Everest,” which is being published in five languages. Jim coauthored “The Ledge” with Kevin Vaughan which was […]

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SunLit Excerpt: Life or death rumbles toward the author in “The Next Everest”

 Scene: Climber Jim Davidson is camped upon the Khumbu Glacier on Mount Everest at 19,700 feet with his tentmate, Bart Williams. Steep mountain slopes stretch for thousands of vertical feet above their yellow tent on two sides.  It is the morning of April 25, 2015 in Nepal. Through a drowsy haze I sensed the hard, glacial […]

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All-Black team nearly doubles number of Black athletes who’ve summited Everest. Is the next generation watching?

The walls of the dining tent were covered with letters from elementary school students cheering on the mountaineers from afar.  The Full Circle Everest Expedition climbers saw those letters every time they gathered for meals at Everest Base Camp.  “That was our inspiration. It was real,” said Thomas Moore, the Denver mountaineer who last month […]

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First-ever all-Black American expedition up Mount Everest vying for more than the summit

Phil Henderson sees the outdoor industry like a cruise ship. It’s taken a long time for the largely white industry to embrace people of color.  But the ship has turned. Almost every corner of the industry is focused on building a diverse population of outdoor enthusiasts.  “We just need more propulsion. We need more power,” […]

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Longtime Colorado author dug deep, and found treasures in iconic Cheley camps’ past

Award-winning writer and naturalist Mary Taylor Young has been writing about the landscape and heritage of Colorado and the American West for 33 years. Her 20 books include ”Rocky Mountain National Park: The First 100 Years” and ”Land of Grass and Sky: A Naturalist’s Prairie Journey.”  Mary was a National Park Service Artist-in-Residence at Rocky Mountain National Park in […]

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Colorado climber, moviemaker documents quest to solve one of Mount Everest’s lasting mysteries

Explorer, author and professional climber Mark Synnott is standing in steep, loose rock about to step off the roped route on the top of Mount Everest. He’s about to leave the well-worn path above a 7,000-foot cliff more than 28,000 feet above sea level.   “No. No. No, no!”  Those are the voices from behind mountaineer […]

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Colorado climber stepped over newly dead bodies to summit Everest. He’s still wrestling with what it all means.

Dr. Peter Lowry, a 38-year-old radiologist from Golden, passed two bodies on May 23, casting a shadow on his life-long dream mere steps from the summit of Mount Everest. “I thought I would see bodies from five, 10, 20 years ago. Not from this season. I did not mentally prepare to see people who had […]

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A Crested Butte adventurer is skiing to the South Pole like ice is an endangered species

They are not related but they might as well be. Crested Butte adventurer Eric Larsen has the same restless, unsettled mien of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the fabled explorer of the Antarctic. It’s like they share the same genes, Larsen and Shackleton. The frigid adventure beckons. And they leap. “We have mapped and charted the face […]