A resident of Steamboat since moving the offices for Paddler magazine to town in 1992, Eugene Buchanan has written about the outdoors for more than 20 years, from working the Beijing Olympics for NBC to writing for ESPN.com. A business/economics graduate of Colorado College, where he captained his NCAA lacrosse team, the former ski patrol, kayak instructor and sea kayak and raft guide is also a former business reporter for the Denver Business Journal and media director of the World Pro Mogul Tour. He also enjoys a successful freelance career, with articles published in The New York Times, Men's Journal, Sports Afield, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, 5280, Forbes Life, Skiing, Powder and other publications. A member of New York's Explorer's Club, his passion for traveling, writing and paddling has taken him to more than 30 countries on six continents. His first book, "Brothers on the Bashkaus," was released by Fulcrum Publishing in 2007; his second book, "Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids," was released by Heliconia Press in 2010, winning the gold medal from the Living Now Book Awards. He lives with his wife, Denise, and two daughters, Brooke, 12, and Casey, 8, just a block away from the Yampa River.
Four adventurers from Steamboat Springs and with ties to the 'Boat experience home and the world.
Steamboat Springs newlyweds Ben and Helen Beall embarked on a six-day hiking/pack rafting trip last spring traversing Utah’s Canyonlands.
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.
Sea kayaking through the remnants of a lost civilization was sobering and scintillating for Hugh Newton last summer.
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.
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.
As I Iook back on this past year, and a couple beyond, it’s not life’s highpoints that rise to the surface, but, unfortunately, the low and often, the humorous.
Save for those venturing in for a screwdriver, directions or frostbite help, what lies inside the 1,200-square-foot Steamboat ski patrol shack at the top of Mount Werner has always been a mystery ... until now.
My role this year just happened to be a tad more complicated than most: it involved the dreaded time clock at Howelsen Ice Arena.
Whether it’s helping people on the slopes or painting their house, local Kyle Lawton is the man. Those were the accolades heaped on him this year, tying for first with John “Pink” Floyd for Best Ski Patrol and taking the top rung of the ladder as Best Painter.