Once upon a time, some Boulder climbers went to the biggest mountains in the world to climb the littlest climbs.
‘Zanskar Odyssey,‘ a film about their bouldering adventures in the Himalaya, premieres at the Eldorado Springs Art Center on Saturday night.
Now, you might be thinking: “Why go all the way to the great big mountains in Asia and not climb big stuff?”
I have to admit, that was my first thought, too. It’s a lot of trouble to go to for small rocks — flights aside, I got carsick just watching one of their bumpy, scary, eight-hour bus rides over the “Pass of 1,000 Corpses” on the teaser videos.
Then I stopped to think about some of my core values for spending time in the outdoors. These include having fun, pushing myself, experiencing new environments and cultures, and hopefully not puking on a bus along the way.
Oh, and having snacks.
Not included: freezing, starving, dying.
Let’s pause for a moment of risk assessment.
Climbing Himalayan peaks: You might freeze, starve and/or die.
Bouldering in Zanskar: You could run out of snacks (gasp!) if you don’t plan well. You probably won’t die. Maybe on the bus ride. Puking is a real possibility.
If your core values are harder core than mine, respect. But considering mine, Himalayan bouldering sounds like an awesome adventure.
But I do prefer not to puke. Maybe I’ll stay in Colorado. And off bumpy busses.
In addition to the screening, Saturday night’s festivities include an exhibition of Himalayas-inspired art and a “Himalayan book stall” from the American Alpine Club. (Will they stack the books dangerously high?!? Gasp!)
Plus, Sherpa’s restaurant and Sugar Bakeshop will be there with, yep, snacks .
Info: 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, film at 8:30; free.
There’s a half marathon this Saturday in Longmont — the Redline 13.1 .
Earlier this week, local running columnist and all-around nice guy Mike Sandrock reported that the half marathon is growing in popularity so quickly that a Running USA researcher recently said there’s “hyper mania” over halfs.
Hyper mania…isn‘t that what happens when you give a toddler a bag of Skittles?
The race starts at McIntosh Lake, a rather nice place to run. It ends at Sandstone Ranch, a rather nice place to put down sick tricks on a skateboard.
Wait, idea! Aw, never mind. Skateboarding the run probably isn’t allowed.
Info: 6:30 a.m. Saturday; redlinerunningcompany.com/races.html
Dance with deer
This weekend, Ironman champ Mark Allen and shaman Brant Secunda are in Boulder for a “Fit Soul, Fit Body” retreat at Chautauqua.
The retreat touches on topics from fitness to handling stress and finding balance. Every day culminates in a traditional Huichol Dance of the Deer Ceremony.
Do you dance with deer with snacks? I’m in.
Info: Friday night through Sunday; fitsoul-fitbody.com