Blog Posts

  • Camera Carry Tips

      Logging long trails and carrying camera gear is not always the easiest of tasks. I'm not sure if there is really a right way to do this or not? Everyone seems to have their own way of doing so and it's just a matter of preference to what suits your needs with the trip at hand. I was recently asked by a friend what I use to carry my DSLRs into the backcountry and what I take with me. I have to admit I found my answer a little long and comical. To follow is my response with some pics from the trips of all sorts. 
  • New Website Coming Soon!

    A huge part of UpaDowna (hell, it was our roots!) came from educating folks about the outdoors online. We started out our life as strictly a gear review and outdoor article website. This is still a big part of who we are and now, more than ever, we need to make sure YOU get the info you need! That's why we're partnering with CoPilot Creative to design a new website that will be more user friendly, interactive, helpful and informative.
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  • DIY Bike Wheel Christmas Wreath

    We're decorating the UpaDowna office the only way we know how...with bikes and outdoor gear! Here are the steps you need to make a DIY bike wheel Christmas wreath! 1) Find an unused bike wheel, or get one donated by your local fave bike shop. Clean it up a little, or don't, either way looks good! 2) Pick up the decorating items you need either from the outdoors or a store. Basic items needed are:
  • Tips For a Winter Incline Hike

    Flashback to 2004. I had met this crazy outdoorsy guy (soon to be my husband of 10 years!) and he thought it would be exciting for us to have a "first date" on the Incline. I highly opposed this idea, but as we drove closer and closer to the "slice in the mountain" (or how a non-incliner would describe it...) I realized that I had no choice.
  • Winter Camping- Sportsmobile Style

    This past weekend, we were invited to stay at a friend's cabin which is in the footprint of Humboldt Peak. We accepted the invite, but refused to stay in the cabin. That's right, we camped in the Sportsmobile, our first winter slumber in it. I know this is nowhere near tent camping in winter, and WAY off from sleeping in a snow cave. However, as a family, this was a new adventure and I'm excited for things to come now that we've accomplished this! Here are some things I learned from two nights of winter camping- sportsmobile style.
  • Gociety- The "Pinterest" for Adventure Seekers!

    Odds are you've at least heard of Pinterest and have an idea of what it is. Odds also are that you probably do not have a Pinterest Profile. No worries, at least you know what it is.
  • Winter Transition

    November is upon us and that usually is about the time we see our first snowfall here in Colorado Springs, give or take a few days. As sad as it is to pack away our beloved summer gear it's also fun and refreshing to pull out our winter toys and start planning new adventures.
  • Please Welcome the "Ute and Yeti"!

    "Ute and Yeti" chosen as the name for the cafe/pub space located inside City Rock! Grand Opening date coming soon!
  • Future UpaDowna Basecamp at CityROCK

    UpaDowna staff work on installing the beetle kill pine wall in the pub area.  Anyone that knows UpaDowna well understands that community is the backbone of our existence. To help continue that mission, long time supporter CityROCK Climbing Center has offered to help UpaDowna raise funds for our programs by installing a community-centered public house that will include coffee, wine, beer and snack offerings. Thanks to the gracious support of CityROCK, 50% of the proceeds will come back to UpaDowna.