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5280 Magazine

5280 Magazine

July 2020

Founded in 1993, 5280 is the largest local magazine in Colorado. The magazine's stories often make national headlines, and since 2005 5280 has been nominated for four National Magazine Awards. Get 5280 Magazine digital subscription today.

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4 min.
what will we do?

The July edition of 5280 is always one of our readers’ favorites: The “Top Of The Town” feature takes up a massive amount of real estate in the issue and spotlights the things to do, places to go, and uniquely Denver experiences we’re excited about. We are not publishing that feature this year. ¶ Months ago, we decided it would be impossible to do that package right; because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we didn’t know which establishments would be open in July, let alone how we could accurately evaluate them. ¶ All of that seems so long ago. As we remade “Top Of The Town” into “Reasons To Love Denver” (page 56), an appreciation of how our residents faced the pandemic, a white Minneapolis police officer killed a black man…

3 min.
waiting game

For the past few years, Golden native Lindsey Horan has lived with her bags constantly packed, regularly crisscrossing the globe to play as a member of the Portland Thorns and the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT). With the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season originally scheduled to begin in April and the Tokyo Olympics slated for this month, 2020 promised more of the same. That is, until play was suspended on account of the novel coronavirus. While Horan has been holing up here in the Centennial State, 5280 chatted with the 26-year-old about the perks of being home, the disappointment of missing the biggest events on her calendar, and her two newest loves. 5280: Were you in Colorado when everything got postponed? Lindsey Horan: I was actually in Portland. I played in…

1 min.
goal rush

A CROWN FOR THORNS Horan scored the only goal during the 2017 NWSL Championship, a screamer off her right foot that brought the Portland Thorns their second title. BEST FOOTY FORWARD During the 2018 NWSL season, Horan recorded 14 goals and three assists, earning the Colorado native an MVP award and putting her in the conversation for best player alive. GOING STREAKING At the 2018 Tournament of Nations, Australia was on the brink of ending the USWNT’s 17-game unbeaten streak—until Horan’s dramatic goal in the 90th minute preserved a run that would continue until early 2019. Courtesy of Kyle Hannon; Pras Boonwong/EyeEm/Getty Images (tablet); Dpa Picture Alliance/Alamy Stock Photo (Lindsey Horan)…

2 min.
extreme gear makeover

In 2007, Michael Franti strolled into the Green Guru booth at Kansas’ Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival and beelined for a messenger bag. Astonished by its quality, the hip-hop artist told Green Guru founder Davidson Lewis that he couldn’t believe it was made of recyclables. But Franti got the bag and was still using it when Lewis ran into him a decade later. Now a six-figure business based in Boulder, Green Guru converts discarded recyclables and outdoor gear into durable backpacks, panniers, and more. While upcycling isn’t unusual today, it was when Green Guru launched 15 years ago this month. “The idea that you could make top-line gear out of discarded items was unheard of then,” says Jay Getzel, who partnered with Green Guru when he was president of Golden’s…

1 min.
peaks and valleys

Tommy Caldwell (pictured) has been kidnapped, divorced, and once sawed off his own finger. Still, says the Estes Park–based climber, “I never let myself go to those dark places.” The idea that you have to compartmentalize to climb well isn’t unheard of, according to Madaleine Sorkin, founder of the Climbing Grief Fund (CGF). But unaddressed pain rarely encourages a happier life. The CGF, started in 2018 as part of Golden’s American Alpine Club, sets climbers on a better route with an online directory of mental health professionals who understand the sport. Climbers, alpinists, and ski mountaineers facing trauma can apply for a $600 grant for mental health services (all 15 have been claimed this year; the CGF will offer more in 2021). To attract donations, the CGF will unveil a…

2 min.
size matters

A BIT OF A STRETCH The jet has a 211-foot wingspan—about the length of five RTD buses. That’s 56 feet longer than the next largest tanker, a DC-10 passenger plane converted and operated by the U.S. Forest Service. DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT During a single mission, the massive plane, which has been designated as a Very Large Airtanker by the U.S. Forest Service, can release 19,200 gallons of water and a lot of fire retardant. It would take a jet with the next largest classification, Large Airtanker, seven trips to deliver the same amount. PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE It took Cliff Hale 16 years to turn the retired 747-400 into a firefighting machine. He bought the plane in 2000 while chief pilot at Evergreen International Aviation. Financial woes stymied his plans until Global SuperTanker…