Mtnmama entered the photo contest so we have set our plans and are heading to this year's Teva Mountain Games held in beautiful Vail, Colorado June 5th-8th.
This year the games promise to be as exciting as ever showcasing "Professional and amateur outdoor adventure athletes from the Vail Valley and around the world will converge upon
A day late and a dollar short. The story of my life. For years I have been ranting and raving about making chocolate covered bacon and mixing it with trail mix. There is something intriguing about the salty bacon flavor mixed with smooth chocolate that seems to appeal to me.
Well this weekend I am heading up towards Goose Creek in the Lost Creek Wilderness and was thinking of finally making some chocolate covered bacon.
Sounds cool huh? Well, not exactly, this compilation of gear was developed utilizing technology as a means to thwart the elements. These devices were presented in the latest posting on WIRED magazines page.
Yesterday I went on a hike with Uncle Travelin Matt just west of Denver and as we were walking down the trail we both were sharing information about the types of plants along the trail as well as the edibility of some. We found an abundance of Geyer's Onion (Allium geyeri) that I was familiar with and I had UTM give it a taste.
Fortunately UTM and I know each other well enough to know that accurate knowledge of subject matter is paramount and never to pull any fast ones especially when health or safety is involved. Anyhow after UTM gave the onion a taste I thought of the Universal Edibility Test and figured it would aid you guys if you are out and about looking for edible plants. I implore you to carry a guide with pictures as a reference but also utilize EVERY step in the test remember your life depends on it!
Enjoy life the best you can.
Appreciate every moment of everyday.
And this is why:
The average person lives 78.5 years here in the U.S. which means you have about 28,652.5 days of life. And that is if you meet the average, we may not, so consider each sunrise as your last, each day as your final.
Great video I saw a few years back at a mountain film fest.
who art in barrels
hallowed by thy drink,
Thou will be drunk, I will be drunk,
At home as thou art in thy pub
Give us this day our foamy head,
And forgive our spillages
as we forgive those who spill against us.
Lead us not into incarceration,
but deliver us from hangovers,
for this is the beer, the bitter, and the lager forever
Imagine a world so removed from what you have grown to understand that you are left mouth gaping, eyes tearing and mind wandering lost in awe of what your eyes have told you is a reality. That is the impression you will get when hiking deep in to the dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park.
Rarely are there times when time stands still as it is usually while your mind tries desperately to rationalize the next step as you are heading towards some devastating result from a misstep or miscalculation during your adventurous life.
Think slow motion as the front tire sticks as you endo over the bars of your mountain bike, heading rapidly towards the rocky singletrack, you some how can see every jagged edge on every rock, you hear the birds songs and smell the fresh air. All the while careening rapidly toward the inevitable...the collarbone shattering crash.
That is the same experience you will find after the laborious hike up to the top of High Dune, the highest point in the park but not the highest dune. (The highest dune is the nearby Star Dune, which is taller due to the slope of the valley below the sand). From the top of High Dune you can see the entire San Luis Valley, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the beautiful sight as dunes meet Medano creek and transition to the grass lands on one side and the forest on the other. There is such great biodiversity of both in flora and fauna that no nature lover will leave disappointed.
I was concerned about the polar bears' habitat melting away. I was a little dismayed with the possibility of Manhattan flooding.
This past weekend I took my class down to Pueblo Reservoir A.K.A. Front Range Fruita to sample this much acclaimed single track. And let me tell you it does not disappoint! I was able to contact Vance of Vance's Bicycle World and he agreed to show us some of the rides in the area. I can think of no better source than from one of the guys responsible for building the trails.
The first trail Vance took us on was a rolling single/double track "Pedro's Point" from the highway to a great overlook with a birds eye view of the reservoir. From there we had the option to ride Outer Limits or flip around and head back to the rigs. We chose the latter as we were eager to get to the south Marina for some lunch before our afternoon rides.