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  • Makes Me Proud!

    Just got this pic in from our buddies at Mud, Sweat, and Beers. [caption id="attachment_2234" align="aligncenter" width="434" caption="Powered by Volkswagon and PBR sponsored by UpaDowna"][/caption] For pictures of other traveling Up
  • Ride Of Silence

    Brought to my attention by UltraRob this is a great way to pay homage to our fallen brothers and sisters that have either died or been injured by automobiles. The Ride Of Silence group was founded in 2003 foll
  • REI Rents Gear?!?!

    Sheesh, who knew? I just discovered that R.E.I. (Recreational Equipment Outfitters) one of the largest outdoor retailers also rents gear. What an addition to their already impressive list of benefits to the member. REI has humble beginnings in Seattle where it was founded in 1938 as a way for mountaineers to get a hold of some of the climbing gear we lacked here in the states but was found in abundance in Europe.
  • A Lot Of Nothing Going On

    It is a slow day so far..only 7am and outside my window I see little more than a few lilac blooms peaking through the cloud that has stalled around my house, yea, a cloud not fog...I promise. Up until now I've made coffee and contemplated the business of the day. I really should get outside and check on the garden then organize my gear, I should infact then go through the calendar and plan a few trips. I might even go to the climbing gym or for a mtb or road ride or perhaps just a walk in the woods. Don't know what I will really end up doing today.
  • Earning Their Keep: "4 Deserts" Foot Race

    Imagine this: running the equivalent of five consecutive marathons across the extreme terrain of southern Africa in the blistering 120 degree heat with no support or equipment other than what you carry on your back all the while knowing you payed $3,100 plus travel expenses to put yourself through it all.
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  • Back From Beyond

    Finally the time has come!! This past weekend I was able to take my Mountain Field Studies students out into the Lost Creek Wilderness. Lets face it, sitting in a classroom trying to explain the outdoors is a bit silly, but all of the background info had been covered (somewhat) and now was time for us to get field experience time. We chose Lost Creek Wilderness due to the accessibility as well as the great biodiversity. Another great feature is the fact that the actual access point we used, the Goose Creek trailhead takes us through a section of the Haymen Burn which holds the title of Colorado's largest burning a total of 138,000 acres. The Goose Creek TH is approximately 1.5 hours northwest of Colorado Springs, CO. With ample parking and a variety of great trails this is definitely a place to go whether you are looking for a multi-day adventure or a simple out and back day hike. For the class we chose a short hike of just over a mile that took us to a great site next to Goose Creek. Another nice thing about this area is there is no shortage of great flat camp spots which are well respected and were void of trash for the most part. I kinda think that the drive dissuades most weekend warriors that could care less about the wilderness from making the trip. Which is really nice because if you camp much closer to Colorado Springs you tend to be overwhelmed with the trash strewn carelessly about the forest!
  • Practice Makes Perfect

    This past weekend I had the great pleasure of taking the students of my Mountain Field Studies class out for a 3 day adventure in Lost Creek Wilderness. While not the focus of this post (full write up coming tomorrow). I thought I should mention it because it was in fact the first trip of the year. And while the students came from a wide swath of backgrounds from the very experienced world traveler to basically a first timer, there were a few themes that rang true through out. All students including myself and my assistant were dealing with some forgotten skills.

    That is what my son says to me when ever he sees me in my running clothes. It makes me smile and also gives me motivation. I hope that by him seeing me active he too will lean away from the nintendo death boxes and get out doors. He is already well on his way. His second favorite word is "outside" (his first is "papa" his grandfather!). Some mornings it is tough going, primarily the issue is getting out of bed @ 5am but once I hit the trail I have a blast soaking in all of the sights and sounds that nature can throw at me.
  • RMNP: Bear Canisters Required

    As of last Friday, May 1st, 2009, all overnight backpackers in Rocky Mountain National Park are required to carry and store their food in bear-proof canisters. From scanning the internet it appears that this change in policy is being met with some dismay from the backpacking community. Ultimately, the policy is well-intentioned to protect the Park's bear community, as once a bear gets a taste for people food he'll always come back for more, making it a "problem bear." Problem bears are euthanized. Here is the Denver Post article on the change, which is lackluster at best. They're city-folk, don't hold it against them. Here is the same story from, which offers a little more information.