Press - Boulder Paintball
Boulder, CO - 4/25/03 - Tunka, also known as Boulder
Paintball, is a paintball club centralized in Boulder but
open to paintball players of all levels in surrounding cities.
Officially started in March 2003, Tunka seems to have a strong
demand of membership likely due to free membership and a lack
of commercial fields in the area. Since Tunka is absolutely
free to join, its lack of funds is offset by help of club
members, donations, and company sponsorships such as from
Ecommerce. Although the club doesn't own any paintball
fields, members can still play 'outlaw' paintball, a term
used to describe paintball games outside commercial fields
such as those on public land as in Roosevelt National Forest.
Although the term 'outlaw' paintball sounds like the game
is being played illegally, this is not quite the case. We
don't know exactly where or how the term arose exactly but
playing in the national forest is as legal as firing a handgun
Paintball is still a relatively new sport, less than 20 or
30 years old. However, it is also one of the fastest growing
sports. Paintball guns, which are called 'markers', use CO2
or HPA (high pressure air or nitrogen) to propel a .68 caliber
paintball to approximately 300 feet per second (about 200mph).
Although the term 'paintball' signifies that there's paint
within, the paint is not the same as automotive paint or house
paint. Paintball fill is made of mostly polyethylene glycol,
an ingredient in cough syrup and many other processed foods,
food dye for color and maybe some wax to thicken the fill.
The outer shell base is made of gelatin of the same kind that
makes gummy bears. Upon impact, the paintball bursts and leaves
a colored paint mark at which point you are out of the game.
Since paintballs are made from food ingredients and water-soluble,
they are biodegradable, safe for the environment and nontoxic
to animals and humans. However, we wouldn't recommend anyone
tasting one since they aren't tasty nor pleasantly aromatic
like gummy bears.
With approximately 30,000 students at the University Colorado
at Boulder, the game is likely to be a popular sport in Boulder
if an organization, such as Tunka, provides the facilities
to meet other paintball players and organize games. Tunka
has established a web site at www.tunka.com and an email list
which is FREE to subscribe to on the site exactly for this
purpose. Tunka, however, is not the only club in the area
although it is the only in Boulder to our knowledge. The Milliken
Paintball Club is another such paintball club, Milliken being
close to Loveland is not that far a drive.
Some considering playing paintball are inhibited because
of scary welt-from-hell stories they may have heard. However,
paintballs don't always leave such welts. Getting hit by a
paintball and welt stories that go with them seems to actually
be part of the fun for some players. Welts are the biggest
result when markers are shooting 'hot', a paintball faster
than 300 feet per second, and chronographs are used to prevent
these cases. Welts, which are inversely proportional to the
amount of clothing you wear, can be prevented or minimized.
There's paintball foam clothing out there that minimizes welts.
Paintballs that hit the head usually sting for about a minute
or two (although you are not supposed to aim for the head
or the mask they do happen) and then will numb, whereas welts
to the butt you'll feel for a week as you sit; the sound of
laughter among friends is not unusual during this time. Therefore,
where you get hit your first couple of games makes a big difference
on your outlook of paintball.
But for those who play paintball, welts are a small price
to pay for making new friends and a thrilling game of paintball
out in the clean fresh air among the natural beauty of the
Rocky Mountains. It's basically the all-time popular game
of hide-and-seek we all enjoyed as kids with more expensive
toys. And if you ever played a game of paintball on a warm
sunny day of winter in the national forest, you've never felt
so invigorated and alive; nothing gets you as relaxed and
tense at the same time as when you play on fresh snow in the
midst of fragrant pines with 200 mph paintballs whizzing by.
It is really a natural Rocky Mountain 'High'.
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