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Writer Eugene Buchanan releases new book celebrating 25 years of living in Steamboat Springs

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Audacious adventure is in Eugene Buchanan's blood.

Maybe it was growing up in Boulder, guiding rafts in Alaska or living in towns like Telluride and Steamboat, or maybe it was running an outdoors magazine for 14 years that let him travel the world – whatever it may be, his love for the outdoors has always been present.

But like many breaking into new outdoor endeavors, he had to start somewhere.

"I definitely went through the school of hard knocks," said Buchanan, who currently serves as Steamboat Pilot & Today’s magazines editor. "When I grew up, there weren't as many schools teaching you how to do these things; you just went out, got your butt kicked and learned. But the first step is to get off the couch and rally."

Sharing lighthearted stories like rescuing dogs via canoe to more extreme tales like escaping "urban" avalanches, Buchanan has released his newest book just in time for the holidays.

"Tales from a Mountain Town: Musings from 25 years of Living in the Colorado Rockies" highlights the adventures and misadventures of life in an outdoor playground, with both new stories and popular ones previously printed in a variety of outdoor publications, creating a dynamic, easy-to-read book.

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Steamboat residents Mack Maschmeierand and Veronika Khanisenko helped bring the stories to life. Maschmeier drew the illustrations, and Khanisenko created the cover and book design.

Published by Recreation Publishing, Inc., “Tales from a Mountain Town” chronicles Buchanan's two and a half decades of living in the Rocky Mountains, with pen and a knack for adventure in tow.

"The stories aren't all about getting after it," Buchanan said. "One's about our roof getting electrified from sliding snow knocking out our electrical main; another's about coaching kids soccer."

"Everything about the book is unique," Khanisenko said. "I don’t know of any other collections of writing similar to this that have come out of this area. There’s something in this book for everybody, little tidbits about adventure trips and some portraits of characters in town."

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. He worked the Beijing Olympics for NBC and has written for ESPN.com, The New York Times, Men's Journal, Sports Afield, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, 5280, Forbes Life, Skiing, Powder and other publications.

Buchanan is also the author of "Brothers on the Bashkaus," “Comrades on the Colca” and "Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids,” which won the gold medal from the Living Now Book Awards.

"Steamboat has pretty good everything, all out your back door," Buchanan said. "You can ski, fish, climb, bike, hike, kayak, sup and more all during your lunch break. It's pretty awesome in that regard. It's also an awesome community of like-minded people who all do the same. It's pretty easy to find someone to do something with."

Even with the epic span of stories and adventures, Buchanan said there's still quite a bit he has yet to do.

"I'm actually pretty soft compared to a lot of folks out there," Buchanan said. "I haven't climbed as many of the local routes around here as I'd like to, or backpacked enough, or summited enough peaks, or caught big enough fish, or biked far enough, or skied new lines, the list goes on and on. There's always something else to do here, which is great."

Buchanan said there are a lot of people in the community who inspire him from bike racers to business owners to mountain climbers.

"What they'll share is the zip code they've decided to make their home," he said. "Steamboat might not offer the best of any one particular activity (and that's only if you're a snob), but the one it does top the list on is community."

“Tales From a Mountain Town” is available at Off The Beaten Path, BAP, ACE, Backdoor Sports, Ski Haus, All That, Cruisers and Hala Gear Space as well as online at eugenebuchanan.com.

"Hopefully, people will learn to take life a little less seriously, to laugh at the day-to-day predicaments we often find ourselves in here and appreciate everything we have living here," he said. "It's not meant to inspire people to get outside or anything; it's more to take advantage of everything living here offers, from having postal clerks greet you by name to enacting the powder claus at work."

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@steamboattoday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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