Blog Posts

  • Barr Trail turns 100!

    In 1914, a young man by the name of Fred Barr and his father started to build one of Pikes Peak Region's most famous trails. When it was completed in 1921, it started out as a tourist burro ride. Now, this trail has turned into one of the most heavily traveled hikes due to traffic from the Manitou Incline as well as being a popular route to summit Pikes Peak (150,000 people a year) estimated by the USFS.
  • Ultimate Survival #3

  • Help Us Reach The Summit!

    Out with the old, in with the new. Tuesday, December 31st at midnight holds a very important meaning for us here at UpaDowna. Why? Two reasons:
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  • Zombies

  • Ultimate Survival #2

    For the first installment of Ultimate Survival we went over the common tampon as a practical piece of a gear. This week we're stepping it up a notch and going over something that could easily save your life, shelters. 
  • Ultimate Survival #1

    Over the next few months or so I am going to write a bit about some amazing survival techniques and items that could ultimately be used to save your life.   
  • Gearing up on a Budget

      Retail prices now a days for outdoor gear and equipment can be ridiculous. For the amount of money we pay, it seems like your gear should do all the work for you. The net total can be especially hard for income less thru-hikers, local scouts, and one or two times-a-year campers. Here are some tips on how to reduce cost and still enjoy the great outdoors.  Do Not Purchase unnecessary gear.
  • Attitude Of Gratitude

  • Get Your Vehicle Un-Stuck Right Meow!

    Being outdoor lovers and adventurers we often push the limits too far and find ourselves in situations that we regret. Everyone is guilty of it here and there, but hey that's part of the adventure. The trick to getting out of situations like these unscathed is preparedness. One such example is getting your rig stuck in snow. Winter is upon us and here is a couple of quick tips to getting your vehicle out of a stuck in snow situation.