Blog Posts

  • Get Up and Get Down to Get Kids Out! Vertical Challenge for GOALS Non-Profit

     GOALS ("Get Outside And Learn Something"), is a Colorado non-profit group that offers outdoor education for kids through wilderness rafting trips. We have been lucky enough to have a few convos with the good folks behind this mission and LOVE what they are doing for kids with water!
  • Public Service Announcement- Because It Matters

  • Manitou Incline LEGAL Feb. 1, 2013!

    Feb. 1st, 2013 will be a BIG day for the cities and people of Colorado Springs and Mantiou Springs. If all goes according to plan, with the help of Obama's signature as well...the Manitou Springs Incline will be LEGAL to hike. That's right, you read correctly.... LEEEEgal!
  • Mtn-Op Has Screaming Deals On Gear

    Now that the madness of the holidays have passed we can get back to our lists of must have, really really really want, and just plain need it gear. And while you'll potentially spend hours searching the vast expanse that is the known as the world wide web tripping on one discount site after another, comparing deals researching pros and cons, hopefully checking our reviews and finally taking the plunge and scoring some sweet gear...just to see it cheaper elsewhere after you just completed the purchase.
  • Vote MER For Backpacker's BEST Used Gear Shop!

    Here at UpaDowna, we have a home team favorite! Mountain Equipment Recyclers, Inc. (MER) was nominated as one of 10 Best Used Gear Shop in the U.S. and can get to #1 with your vote! Why vote MER? Well, if you've been there, you already know. If you haven't, let me paint a picture for you:
  • New Year's Tips From The South Pole

    Well, here we are, 2013 is breathing down our necks, or for some of you...has already attacked. What are you going to do about it? Have you made any resolutions? Have any big goals for the new year?
  • 2,000 fans in 2013! Win a pair of STABILicers!

    Help us get to 2,000 fans on our Facebook page by the end of tomorrow Jan, 1st, 2013 and you and your friends are entered to win a pair of STABILicers LiteHikers Ice Cleats! Just share this post on your wall, invite your friends and help us celebrate the New Year with 2,000 fans! If we hit 2,000 by 7pm MST on 1/1/13, we'll choose one random U.S. fan to win! Happy New Year and Good Luck!    ~MtnMama
  • 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge Route Announced

    Oh boy. Today, 9 towns that will play host to the 2013 USA Pro Challenge were announced and so far the feedback is less than great. After another stellar year (and a total of over $200 million in cumulative economic impact in only it's first two years), the USAPCC announced the 2013 route.
  • Seminars and Open House at the Peak Fly Shop Dec. 22nd!

  • Pikes Peak Highway Open to Cyclists Year Round

    After a very successful pilot program of the Peak open to cyclists in the month of September, the Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Department made a 100% supportive decision to open the Peak to cyclists. The city? They decided the same! Starting Jan. 1st, 2013, cyclists from all over the world can come anytime during the year to pedal up the Peak!  There were many folks involved in this process but the one person that really fought for it, Al Brody, deserves a lot of credit! Thanks Al!