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Adventurers share their stories next week at the Chief Theater






John F. Russell

— Adventurers have a presence in Steamboat Springs, but often, it's more subtle than one might think.

"They could be next to you in the grocery store line or gondola line," said Eugene Buchanan, Steamboat Pilot & Today magazine editor, who created the idea for the Steamboat Adventures magazine. "You always hear about Steamboat's Olympians and how many we have, but what you don't hear about is all of these world-class adventurers that are out there doing these amazing things."

Perhaps it’s the proximity of the mountains or the mentality of those who live here. Whatever it may be, adventure is a lifestyle for many who call Steamboat Home.

Earlier this month, Steamboat Pilot & Today released its inaugural Adventures magazine, which includes features on an expedition to Mount Everest, a solo ski attempt to the South Pole, a 5,200-mile canoe trip up the Mississippi River to the Arctic Ocean, riding the Tour Divide and trekking the vast Pacific Crest Trail.

Bringing those stories to life, the Adventure Showcase, which is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 at the Chief Theater, will spotlight a few of the adventurers featured in the magazine. The event is free to the public with a suggested donation of $5 that will go toward Everything Outdoor Steamboat or EOS, an outdoor education and recreation program coordinated by Matt Tredway for middle school students.

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"I think it's so cool to have people here who are into things that may not be apparent when you first meet someone," said Tredway, who was featured in the magazine for his trip to Mont Blanc and Chamonix, where he climbed 22,000 vertical feet in two days. "Most people, you just don't know or wouldn't expect that about them. So to see their stories in a magazine or at an event is pretty exciting."

Buchanan said the idea for the magazine occurred to him last summer after hearing tales from a variety of expeditions. Through word of mouth, more and more adventures were discovered and added to the list for the inaugural magazine.

"If you really want to do something, and you want it bad, then you should do it," said Kim Hess, who hopes to inspire those who read about her expedition to Mount Everest. "Don't listen to what anyone else says, especially as a woman. I think so many times men try to underestimate what we are capable of, especially when it comes to adventure sports."

At the event, each presenter will give a short presentation about his or her trip with photos and memories of the experience. Hess, however, will share her story in a video presentation, as she will be on a plane to Nepal for another crack at Mount Everest.

"I hope that when people hear about everyone's adventures, they have this sense of inspiration and motivation to go out and live their own adventure and get out into the great outdoors," said Doug Tuminello, who will present an account of his attempt to ski to the South Pole.

Buchanan said he has high hopes for the magazine and event to become an annual affair. Those who think their story is worth a spot in the magazine are invited to email Buchanan at ebuchanan@steamboattoday.com to be considered for the following year.

"To hear about all of the adventures people are doing restores your faith in people," Buchanan said. "They are living in a great place like this but are still venturing out, because it's a big world out there. There's still a lot of places to explore."

Adventure Showcase presenters include the following.

Greg Hamilton: "In Search of the Golden Mahseer”

Hamilton, a local filmmaker and former producer for Warren Miller Entertainment, was featured for his trip to Bhutan. There, he spent 25 days traipsing across Bhutan with world-renowned fly fishers on the Drangme Chhu River, ranked no. 10 on the International Rafting Federation's list of "untouched wild rivers."

Mike Schlichtman: "Riding the Tour Divide"

The Tour Divide bicycle race traverses 2,745 miles through the Rocky Mountains from Canada to the U.S.- Mexico border. Schlichtman climbed nearly 20,000 feet with no aid stations or fixed campsites, as riders were required to provide their own food, water and other provisions. He finished on day 21, 34th out of the 153 who completed the ride.

Eugene Buchanan: "Supping Tortuguero National Park"

Stand-up paddleboards are not a common spectacle on the Rio Mora in Costa Rica's Tortugero National Park, but Buchanan and his family traveled there to go down an eight-mile, remote tributary, where they encountered indigenous hardwoods, the world's largest green sea turtle, rookery spider monkeys and poisonous red dart frogs.

Luke Kimmes: "From the Gulf to the Arctic Ocean"

The six men who embarked on the Rediscovering North America Canoe Expedition were accustomed to hearing, "You're going the wrong way." But that didn't stop Kimmes and the crew from embarking on the expedition that took them through 244 days, 12 states, four provinces, two territories, 11 rivers and roughly 5,230 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean.

Barry Smith: "Telemark Skiing Iceland"

Smith, a local telemark skiing instructor and owner of Mountain Sports Kayak School, brought his son, Charlie, and friends Chuck Mann and Dave Holt and skied above fiords in northern Iceland's Isafjörður (ice fiord).

Dan Bell: "Trekking for Earthquake Victims"

Dan Bell was part of a group, including Eric Meyer, Mark Cox and Chhiring Sherpa, that went to Nepal after its worst earthquake in 80 years. The quake killed 16 Sherpas and triggered one of the deadliest avalanches in Mount Everest's history. They spent two weeks hiking up the Rolwaling Valley, averaging 15 miles per day, on their trip to Nepal to provide aid for earthquake victims.

Tredway and Tuminello will also present their stories.

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

If You Go

What: Adventure Showcase

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.