Blog Posts

  • Steps Up to Support UpaDowna

    Its amazing who you meet in the wilderness. If you have an open mind and really take the time to get to know people in the outdoors, what you'll find is a stronger bond than any networking or business handshake could ever provide.
  • SAVE THE YETI! UpaDowna's Give! Fundraising Campaign

    So here are the facts. We have a wonderful non profit whose mission is to provide access to outdoor adventures for all through events and programs that empower individuals, create community and foster a respect for the environment.    
  • Bicycle Experience Ivywild

    Ivywild School has been the hottest spot on the Southwest side of Downtown Colorado Springs since it opened around June, 2013, but there's been an empty hole in a prime location. Until now.
  • Cold Weather Food Tip

    Different times of the year allow us to travel in the backcountry with a wide range of food. You can obviously carry colder and perishable foods for longer durations in the winter if it is cold enough. With this in mind, I won't be carrying any ice cream with me on my next trip out, but if you choose to I wouldn't mind helping you eat it.
  • Sequoia National Park

    For the short time I spent in Sequoia National Park last Spring it sure made quite the impression. Like the other gems in California that John Muir spent his life marveling and boasting about, Sequoia's beauty was more than I could ever take in, or I could ever put into words to do the area justice. You just have to go there!  Giant Sequoia Trees climb towards the heavens, while deer, black bears, and various other critters strive through the forest floor.
  • Bristol Brewing's Venetucci Pumpkin Ale Pre-Sale

    "It's a beautiful day, folks are being really patient and they have to remember this is all for charity." Mike Bristol chimes in on the progress of the Venetucci Pumpkin Ale Pre-Sale day.
  • Unwanted Adventure, Fresh Perspective

    On Monday, September 30th, an emergency call for help went out around Colorado Springs and our mountain biking community. One of our own was missing. Alicia Jakomait went on a ride Sunday night but never came home. Her husband realized something was wrong and set out to search for her. Alicia spent a cold, unexpected and unprepared night out in the cold mountains west of Colorado Springs. Now, back home, safe and warm, Alicia shares her story, emphasizing that this should help others avoid the same predicament she was in. 
  • Matthiessen State Park, IL.

      Another hidden gem in the middle of this sea of corn and beans in Southern Illinois was, Matthiessen State Park. With miles of well maintained forest trails dropping you lower and lower to the base of the canyon, Matthiessen State Park can fill any outdoor lovers need or longing for escape. Highlighted here are beautiful forests, intriguing rock formations, flowing creeks, river ways, and waterfalls.
  • Unleash Your Adventure, Anywhere

  • Do you have good trail habits? Find out.

    Our Friends at the Peak Foundation wrote up a great article on rules of the Trail read on to find out how good you rank up.