Ten ways to get wet this summer

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Confluence Park: A river runs through it.
Sure, Colorado is landlocked -- but that doesn't mean you have to spend your summer high and dry in the sweltering, 90-plus degree heat. We don't have an ocean, but there are rivers, reservoirs, pools, water parks and many more places where you can immerse yourself this summer. So dig out that Speedo, find your lifejacket, smear on the SPF and go get wet. In absolutely no order, here are ten of the many, many ways to do just that.

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Yoga Rocks the Park starts rocking the park again this weekend

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Bryan Lopez
When Yoga Rocks the Park started rocking a few years ago, the idea was to bring yoga and music together in a setting that just made sense: outside, in the sunshine. And not only would the event make you feel good, it would help you do good, raising money for good causes. Initially proceeds went to the yoga community; this year's beneficiaries include the Give Back Yoga Foundation plus Urban Peak, Project Angel Heart and more local do-gooders. And there's more money to give, because Yoga Rocks the Park has been such an amazing success that it's expanded to twelve more cities -- including Boulder.

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Active Junky leaves green in the pockets of its members

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Active Junky's homepage.
Active Junky's rapid ascent of the retail mountain has changed the game for consumers and retailers alike.

The outdoor gear cash-back aggregator shopping site drives traffic to its retail partners and gives rewards to its members, benefiting everyone on the outdoor gear and lifestyle shopping mountain. With more than 250 retail partners including Sports Authority, Athleta and Backcountry.com, Active Junky expects to have five times its current membership by the end of 2013.

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Photos: Mongolia wins the 2013 International Snow Sculpture Championship

Categories: Art, Outdoors

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All photos by Carl Scofield.
Mongolia's winning design.
Fifteen teams competed in the 2013 International Snow Sculpture Championship in Breckenridge last week. From January 22-26, groups from across the globe hand-carved 20-ton blocks of snow into frozen art over a 65-hour period. Yesterday, team Mongolia took home top honors for its impressive snow statue of two riders on horses (above). For photos of the winning sculpture and the process behind all fourteen entries, visit our full slide show.

Continue reading for some of the highlights.

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Filmmaker Anson Fogel on Cascada and his hellish kayaking "vacation"

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Photo by Tim Kemple, courtesy Forge Motion Pictures
On Monday filmmakers Anson Fogel and Skip Armstrong of the Carbondale-based collective Forge Motion Pictures released Cascada, a new adventure short produced in partnership with NRS, the Idaho-based gear brand. The film documents a trip to the jungles of Mexico with photographer Tim Kemple and some of the world's top kayakers -- Erik Boomer, Tyler Brandy, Galen Volckhausen, and Blake Hendrix -- in search of spectacular waterfalls. The 7:40 short stands as proof that they found adventure-film gold, but Fogel tells Westword it took a lot of misadventure to uncover.

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Anson Fogel, Skip Armstrong tease Forge Motion Pictures' latest, Cascada

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In 2012 Westword reported on the award-winning arty adventure films from the Carbondale-based collective of filmmakers known as Forge Motion Pictures nearly a dozen times -- they just might be the hardest working film team in Colorado -- and the crew is kicking off 2013 with a splash: over the weekend directors Anson Fogel and Skip Armstrong released a teaser for Cascada, a documentary of their paddling journey through Mexico in search of epic waterfalls worth risking life, limb, and kayak over.

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Vail celebrates 50th anniversary by projecting films and photos on the Logan Ice Theater

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The Logan Ice Theater in progress.
Icy objects are familiar sights in Vail, but a ten-foot-tall wall of ice used as a projection screen is definitely a first in this mountain town. The Logan Ice Theater will be unveiled tonight at the Sixth Annual Triumph Winterfest, coming alive with videos and images of the past fifty years of the town, since the ski resort is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. And, weather permitting, the theater will stay in business through February.

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Mile High Mountaineering selected as ISPO BrandNew Awards finalist

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Photo: Shaun Boyte, Boyte Creative, courtesy MHM
Denver-based backpack company Mile High Mountaineering (MHM Gear) won the top prize at the local Something Independent Awards in October; in July, MHM's "Snake-Loader" Salute 34 pack made the cover of the 2013 Backpacker Magazine Gear Guide and also won an Editor's Choice Award. And this week the local brand got its first major international recognition: MHM is among the finalists for the ISPO BrandNew Awards at ISPO Munich, an international sporting goods trade fair scheduled for February 3 through February 6 in Germany. The BrandNew Awards are billed as the world's largest start-up competition in the sporting-goods industry, with a focus on innovative products from brands younger than four years old.

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The twenty best looks at Neptune Mountaineering's winter fashion show

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All photos by Brandon Marshall.
The idea that it's hard to look good while getting warm is a myth -- one dispelled by Boulder's Neptune Mountaineering last night at its combined winter fashion show and retro costume party. In addition to more than thirty current cold-weather looks, the event featured several blasts from winter style past, and Westword photographer Brandon Marshall was on hand to capture the night. Continue reading for our twenty favorite looks -- and visit our full slide show for more photos.

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Mile High Mountaineering wins second annual Something Independent Entrepreneur Award

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Something Independent
Casey Lorenzen, Jeff Popp and Patrick Crowley of MHM Gear won the Something Independent 2012 Entrepreneur Award.
Last night I had the honor of serving as one of ten judges on the selection committee for the Something Independent 2012 Entrepreneur Award, a $1,500 prize designed to showcase the next wave of Colorado business leaders. After viewing 90-second video pitches from 23 semi-finalists, we narrowed it down to three finalists -- Mile High Mountaineering (aka MHM Gear), CondorCam and Apex Ski Boots -- before ultimately awarding the prize to MHM Gear.

"I think we're all just blown away that we were even in the top-three finalists, much less winning it," MHM brand manager Casey Lorenzen says. "It's huge for us. The exposure alone is going to be great for our company, and I think that's the biggest part of it. Obviously the money helps, too: We're going to grow our brand with it. We have a lot of ideas in the pipeline for how we want to expand with new lines and new innovations, so this helps for sure."

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