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Adventure 2017: Jennie Lay — A polar bear expedition to Hudson Bay

Traversing the windswept tundra, it’s mid-November, and I’m marking Earth’s hottest year on record with a visit to see Ursus maritimus, the King of the Arctic — a threatened species whose survival depends upon an annual freeze-up.

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Adventure 2017: Ben and Helen Beall — Pack rafting Canyonlands

Steamboat Springs newlyweds Ben and Helen Beall embarked on a six-day hiking/pack rafting trip last spring traversing Utah’s Canyonlands.

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Cody's Challenge is more than just another adventure race

The annual Cody's Challenge mountaineering race is dedicated to snowboarder, ski patroller who left a lasting impression on the Steamboat Springs community.

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Adventure 2017: Matt Tredway — Ousted on Ama Dablam

For local mountaineer Matt Tredway, abandoning his summit attempt on Nepal’s 22,467-foot Ama Dablam this fall can be traced to his gear bag in Kathmandu.

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Adventure 2017: Hank Salyer, Casey O'Donnell and Josh Scott — Off-road racing the Baja 100

The draw of one of the world’s most notorious off-road adventures has been pulling local motorcycle racer Hank Salyer to the desert arroyos of Baja, California, for years.

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Adventure 2017: Susan Petersen, Jill Boyd, Kristen Hager — Horseback riding to Peru’s Machu Picchu

Petersen, Jill Boyd and Kristen Hager traversed mountain passes with “enormous and mystical snow-capped peaks,” exploring more than 15 different ecosystems while staying at lodges sitting higher than the summit of Mount Zirkel.

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Adventure 2017: Hugh Newton — Sea kayaking Haida Gwaii

Sea kayaking through the remnants of a lost civilization was sobering and scintillating for Hugh Newton last summer.

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Adventure 2017: Hugh Newton and Alisha Johansson — Biking Norway

Climbing an average of 3,300 feet each day, the local riders spent 17 days biking north to south along the coast from Tromsø to Trondheim, mostly above the Arctic Circle.

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Adventure 2017: Kurt Casey — Kayaking four first ascents in Myanmar

Local international expedition kayaker Kurt Casey certainly could have picked an easier country to paddle in last spring than Myanmar. But that would have been too easy, and that’s not his style.

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Adventure 2017: Kim Hess — Summiting Mt. Everest en route to the Seven Summits

When Kim Hess thinks back on her summit day, May 20, 2016, she remembers just a few things after those final steps to the top of the world.

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Skier dies at Loveland Ski Area

A 35-year-old skier died Friday morning, March 24, at Loveland Ski Area, just east of the Eisenhower Tunnel outside of Summit County, the resort confirmed Monday afternoon.

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Steamboat Springs athletes reach new heights at Grand Traverse

Grand Traverse challenges athletes from across the country and allows Steamboat Springs athletes to shine.

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Not finishing Grand Traverse was never an option for women from Steamboat Springs

The Gore-Tex Grand Traverse pushed a Steamboat Springs woman to her limits last weekend but didn't stop her from finishing the trek from Crested Butte to Aspen.

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Recent experience not required at banked slalom

The Slash and Burned Banked Slalom may be the one event where it doesn’t pay to be an active snowboard competitor.

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Banked slalom race for some, reunion for many

In its short life, the event has grown quickly into a highlight for young riders, a different kind of race to look forward to late in their competitive season. For older, retired Steamboat Springs riders, however, it’s become a reunion.