Blog Posts

  • Service Or No Service

    When it comes to opinions on cell phones in the outdoors I see people going in all directions. Yes, when I leave town I like to get away, and having a cell phone on me while constantly checking it really defeats the purpose. Well, don't check it! 
  • Tell Us About Your Day Bag

    What’s In Your Day Bag You’re not always hiking and backpacking, as much as you wish you were. What’s in the day bag – your day bag – the one that gets you from home to work to the trail or getting the kids to their hockey game or your weekend getaway, that makes it easy to move from here to there. So what’s in your day bag? Tell us about your Day Bag
  • Busloads of Bullsh!#

    I'm banning Toys'R'Us forever and here's why you should too: "Nature sucks, buy more toys." "Consume more, don't use your imagination." "Stay indoors, nature is boring." These are only some of the mottos I learned from watching the Toys'R'Us video "Busloads of Wishes" but I'll let you watch and see the Busloads of Bullsh!# for yourself:
  • In-kind Donation "Wish List"

    Basic office supplies Laptop in good condition with wi-fi capabilities Projector/screen Outdoor books Topo Maps 6 Walkie Talkies Kids Binoculars 20 Compasses
  • 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.