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The Rocky Mountain Collegian

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The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The usual ice barrage. (Nevin Fowler | Collegian)

Go Outdoors: Climbing on luck

Nevin Fowler January 27, 2017

I planned on writing about ice climbing. That was until I was hit by a chunk of ice, had the screaming barfies and almost broke my ass falling today while ice climbing in Ouray. Who am I kidding, I am...

(Photo Courtesy of Yakima Valley)

Go Outdoors: Winter Events

Nevin Fowler October 28, 2016

Avalanche Awareness CSU Outdoor Program - Nov 1 Northern Colorado is renowned for its dangerous, avalanche prone snowpack. The high winds and dry, cold air are a recipe which leads to this unstable snow....

Angela Stroud reaches to place her foot against a climbing wall during a climbing practice. Stroud, a dual chemistry and sociology major at CSU, has been climbing since she was in sixth grade. (Photo by: Megan Fischer)

Go Outdoors: The road to China – competitive speed climbing

Nevin Fowler October 16, 2016

It is often debated how successful people get their start. What is it, exactly, that compels and drives people to be great at what they do? If you ask Angela Stroud, it all starts with climbing trees. Let`s...

Climber Trevor Igel watching the sunset over Vedauwoo. Photo by: Nevin Fowler

Go Outdoors: Vedauwoo – Escape the Crowds

Nevin Fowler September 20, 2016

Colorado is an incredible state. It has it all — tall peaks, stunning cliffs, beautiful meadows and, of course, people, lots and lots of people. Colorado has so many people, it is often impossible...

Skis in the Rocky Mountains Photo credit: Nevin Fowler

Go Outdoors: How to Navigate the World of Ski Passes

Nevin Fowler September 3, 2016

If Colorado had an official sport, it would undoubtedly be skiing. Ok, fine, it would be both skiing and snowboarding—I’m not looking to instigate a rivalry. Either way, beautiful landscapes and...

A climber on Mount Rainier using a single 9.2mm rope. (Photo By: Nevin Fowler)

Go Outdoors: A Climbing Rope Guide

Nevin Fowler August 31, 2016

Double ropes—the name in itself gives most climbers anxiety. Two ropes are complicated, and when compared to using a single rope, they are a misbehaving menace. I have personally toyed with the idea...

Isabelle Araújo, 21, an international student from Brazil, enjoys the incredible view form a hike at the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Go Outdoors: Outdoor events in September

Nevin Fowler August 25, 2016

Go outdoors and enjoy Colorado by attending these local events!New Moon 9/1/2016 Take advantage of the dark skies and warm night to view or photograph the stars. Colorado provides great locations to...

VetEx climbers on Mount Rainier. From left to right: Nathan perrault, Nathan vass, Richard salas, Sandra sandrute. (Photo By: Nick Watson)

Go Outdoors: CSU Graduate leads veterans on Mount Rainier

Nevin Fowler August 13, 2016

Nathan Perrault, a graduate of Colorado State University`s Human Dimension of Natural Resources program, led a group of U.S military veterans to the  summit of Mount Rainier. The dormant volcano, which...

Go Outdoors: Dive into Summer

Go Outdoors: Dive into Summer

Nevin Fowler June 26, 2016

The official start to summer here. It's the season of barbecues, biking and playing in the river. Lucky for us, the local Cache La Poudre River provides access to water sports for all levels of adventurers....

(Full Moon at the end of the Summer Solstice in Yosemite National Park. The headlamps of climbers can be seen on Half Dome. Photo by: Nevin Fowler)

Go Outdoors: Full Moon Solstice

Nevin Fowler June 21, 2016

The Summer Solstice is a special date, it not only marks the longest day of the year, but also the official start to summer. This year`s Summer Solstice, witch fell on June 20th, was extra special as it...

(State Forest State Park / image courtesy

Go Outdoors: summer bucket list

Nevin Fowler June 9, 2016

Ready or not: summer is here. If you’re like me, then a busy spring schedule has inhibited your summer planning.  Fear not; by using the methodical scientific process of asking friends about their favorite...

Peter Hurtgen enjoying the spring powder at Hidden Valley. (Photo by: Nevin Fowler)

Outdoors: Ski Hidden Valley

Nevin Fowler May 20, 2016

With resorts across the state closing, and summer still far around the corner, backcountry skiing is in its prime. However, with so many ski resorts in Colorado, it’s easy to get stuck thinking inside...

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