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Gaze up at the soaring cliffs above Telluride and you might imagine that only rock climbers with nerves of steel could scale the foreboding walls. Yet a via ferrata, or “iron road,” traverses a sheer face above town, offering an adrenaline-infused adventure for anyone willing to clip onto a steel cable and negotiate a rock wall using metal ladder rungs. Think of it as hiking on steroids.
Rocky Mountain National Park is an ideal alpine playground, complete with sheer rock walls, steep couloirs, and craggy peaks—everything a budding climber needs to cut his or her teeth.
On a recent trip to the French Alps, I tried my hand at equestrian skijoring, which is essentially a horse pulling you on cross-country skis. While it may take some time for the sport to make a comeback at the Winter Games, there are plenty of ways to get your DIY Olympics on in the alpine wonderland that has played host to the Winter Olympics three times.
Here in the United States, ski season will come to a close in a few weeks. There’s time left to squeeze in one last run, and if you ask Contributing Blogger Cathy Healy, she’ll recommend it be a long one. Engineers don’t approach the mountains like we reporters, which means you can count on an…