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Colorado’s Gnarliest Winter Climbing Finally Gets the Film it Deserves

As one of the most visited protected areas in the world, Rocky Mountain National Park harbors some of the most beautiful terrain in the lower 48. A short drive from Denver, CO, warm summers in the Park beckon visitors with lakes, high alpine hikes, and plenty of wildlife. Winters, however, completely change the Park. With extremely heavy snowfall and biting cold, access becomes a struggle, but a hardy group of skiers and climbers take advantage of the unique terrain to get after it every winter.

Local photographer and filmmaker John Dickey has spent the last few winters documenting a small group of climbers and their relationship with the gnarly mountains and heinous conditions in the Park. The short trailer for his film The Park gives us a brief look into what it takes to climb these ice and mixed routes in the dead of winter. 

Oh my god, another Texan who thinks he’s a mt. man.

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Zac Efron Hilariously Applies for a Job Testing Outdoor Gear
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Zac Efron Hilariously Applies for a Job Testing Outdoor Gear

Zac Efron Hilariously Applies for a Job Testing Outdoor Gear

What happens when your latest movie bombs... you star in a Columbia commercial with your brother. All jokes aside this is actually a pretty funny spot, with both Efron brothers interviewing with Chairwoman Gert Boyle for testing jobs at Columbia Sports. Zac's brother Dylan is a pretty successful athlete himself, qualifying for the Boston Marathon and competing in Iron Mans.  This isn't the first time Zac has taken to the outdoors. He starred alongside Bear Grylls on an episode of Running

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This is What a Flash Flood in Zion Looks Like
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This is What a Flash Flood in Zion Looks Like

This is What a Flash Flood in Zion Looks Like

Flash floods are a serious hazard in the desert. Rainfall miles away can travel quickly, causing dry creek beds to turn into raging torrents. This video from Zion National Park illustrates how quickly the landscape can change. The video comes from Instagram user 23Boxer and he had the following to say about the incident, "When the FLASH FLOOD hit. With the family at Zion National Park. In the narrows. My brothers my nephew and I while helping others cross the river. People were panicking but

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Hikers Come Face-to-Face With Mountain Lion
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Hikers Come Face-to-Face With Mountain Lion

Hikers Come Face-to-Face With Mountain Lion

Two hikers, Brian McKinney and Sam Vonderheide, experienced a slight roadblock on one of the first days of their twelve-day hike to the top of California’s Mt. Whitney. They were within the last few miles of their campsite when Vonderheide saw a tail from around a corner on the trail. Assuming it was a bobcat or lynx, McKinney turned on his camera to capture the animal they were about to walk by. When they rounded the corner, they ended up staring right into the face of a fully grown mountain