Blog Posts

  • 2014 Give! Campaign & Events

    UpaDowna is thrilled to be chosen again as one of the 75 participating non-profits for the 2014 Give! Campaign sponsored by the Colorado Springs Independent and Pikes Peak Community Foundation!
  • Camping: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!

    UpaDowna hosted it's 3rd "Adventure on Tap" speaker series this past Monday night and this time, we recorded it so that our fans nationwide could be a part of the discussion! Bear with us, it's our first recording but it does feature the slideshow the speaker used as well as him talking about each slide.
  • Time To Pass The (trail) Torch

  • Adventure on Tap Speaker Series

    Have you ever wanted to travel to Brazil or maybe the Philippines? What about go whitewater rafting down the Arkansas River or the Grand Canyon? Starting this summer, you'll have the opportunity to be inspired by these adventures and more. UpaDowna, in partnership with Bristol Brewing Company, is bringing you the "Adventure on Tap" Speaker Series starting on May 19th, 2014. Keeping on theme with our mission, we want to inspire individuals to pursue outdoor endeavors and this is one of the ways we hope to bring new and exciting opportunities to you.
  • From Colorado to Mongolia

    UpaDowna has some amazing fans. So amazing that we felt the need to start an "Adventure on Tap" Speaker Series for local fans that are true world adventurers! One of these inspiring folks is Lisa Youngwerth.
  • 2nd Monday Madness- Climb Night @ City Rock

    What: "Intro to CityROCK...and Climbing" Why: To get more folks stoked about climbing in and out of a gym!
  • First Friday-Guided Art Tours by Bike

    NEW! First Friday Bike Tours - Two Wheels, Unlimited Arts and Culture!
  • 3rd Sunday Adventure

    One of UpaDowna's cornerstone programs is the 3rd Sunday Adventure. Every 3rd Sunday of every month, we plan a hike, snow day or other fun outdoor event in a new location. Dating back since January of 2012,  our first hike set the tone for the rest to come. It was a beautiful morning hike through our beloved Waldo Canyon.
  • Cowboy Spaghetti

    Some of the best recipes are created on the whim with whatever is on hand and a little creativity. Well, my most recent camping dinner was no different. After a long day of hiking under the desert sun we needed a filling meal with plenty of sodium to put back in our bodies. The original dinner plans were going to be a frozen pack of meatballs combined with diced potatoes and seasoning (Creole), cooked over an open flame in a cast iron skillet (add water or beer for flavor and to keep it from drying out. Just return the lid and let simmer).
  • Recharging YOU!

    Heavy hearts and heavy heads need to be calmed and cleared whenever possible. I find myself this morning very concerned for others over unfortunate situations that are currently effecting my life and those of others. I can't fix everyone else's problems no matter how hard I try, but I can worry more about myself and how I'm letting situations like this and the stress involved impact my life. This week I will let it all go. I will escape to nature to recharge my batteries, clear my head, and be immersed by my surroundings.