Blog Posts

  • Weapons In The Backcountry

    For over 25 years the Department of the Interior has held up a law that keeps concealed weapons out of our National Parks. Primarily set up as a means to keep National Parks safer by keeping weapons out of them and thus decreasing the possibility of some one getting injured by recklessly firing off a few rounds in the forest.
  • Stumble Upon Opens The Vast Expanse Of The Web

    Stumble Upon is a sweet Internet search site to allow you to get out into the immense space of the Internet and find sites that you are interested in. The beauty of this is when you sign up, (which is free) you can choose categories you are interested in and every time you hit the "stumble!" button a site that has to do with your interests will pop up! The you can give it a thumbs up or a thumbs down so as to further specialize your interests with in the genre you have chosen.
  • The Guinness Bet

    A Texan walks into a pub in Ireland and clears his throat to the crowd of drinkers. He says, "I hear you Irish are a bunch of hard drinkers. I'll give $500 American dollars to anybody in here who can drink 10 pints of Guinness back-to-back." The room is quiet, and no one takes up the Texan's offer. One man even leaves. Thirty minutes later the same gentleman who left shows up and taps the Texan on the shoulder. "Is your bet still good?" asks the Irishman. The Texan says yes and asks the bartender to line up 10 pints of Guinness.
  • Truck Bed Sleeping Platform

    Truck sleeping bed platform.
    For years now I have been searching for a way to transform my truck bed into a living area, one that is both functional as storage and a bed while not drawing attention to itself. By that I mean I really wanted a clean looking rig, simply a truck with a topper not one of those camper things. I have been scouring the internet for designs and really did not find any that would meet my needs. So I designed and built my own. Basically I was looking for a platform system that was easily removable, spacious enough to sleep in and still allow easy access to the gear stashed underneath, and I really wanted to keep my bike inside the rig. At least until I got a ladder rack at which point I could mount it outside and still secure it. The bike thing posed a problem because they are awkward and take up a bunch of space but all in all I was positive I could figure out what I wanted and build it fairly easily. I decided that I would build it out of 2x4's with either a OSB or plywood covered top. I measured my truck bed and found that the bed is actually narrower near the cab than the tailgate. I figured this was an aerodynamic feature designed by GMC. This actually came in handy because it allowed the platform center pieces to lock into place. (more on that later) 
  • Skier Dangled Nude Off Of Vail Lift

    Just read up on an interesting event that occurred Jan 6th to a poor fellow on a Vail Resort ski lift. Apparently the unsuspecting skier sat down on the lift only to discover that the seat bottom had not been lowered and he subsequently fell through. Fortunately he was saved from falling all the way through by his bindings not releasing.
  • INSANE!!!

    I swiped this off of the big mo and thought it was UpaDowna worthy!! And yes it looks like a wild ride...someday...
  • Leadville 20 Mile Snowshoe Race

    Based in Leadville, Colorado and described as "an ultra-marathon consisting of a big loop on, above, and around Turquoise Lake. Over 2700' of climbing with a high point of 11,380'. The trails are usually semi-packed, and the views are great. This event is not for the meek or inexperienced.
  • Sawatch Backcountry = One Kick Ass Gear Shop!!!

  • Support Your Local Drunk Runner!!!

    A picture of Ultra-runner/Ultra-drunk Brownie is up for Pic of the Year in our local newspaper. After looking through the pics I have to say I was drawn to the fuzzy fox babies at first, but then I figured we have to keep true to our friends. I voted for this shot, as should you!!
  • A Sign Of The Times

    This year has already seen over a dozen deaths linked to the slopes. Between the numerous avalanches both in bounds and out, the skiers slamming into trees and the few lost in the snow, this years season has really caught my eye as to the deadly nature of the outdoor game. While risks are taken when ever we venture out doors, we know and understand that nature is all powerful and regardless of the amount of training or gear, accidents do happen and people die.