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Our mission is to provide access to outdoor adventures for all, through events and programs that empower individuals, create healthier communities, and foster a respect for the environment.

Thank you for the unforgettable experiences, we met some fantastic people too! -S.M.

"Glad to have this as part of Colorado Springs."

"I went to the last climb night that was held at Cityrock. It is a great introduction to the facility and climbing. Also, the volunteers make sure that you aren't feeling uneasy about climbing. If you are not climbing, one of them will come to you and find an area that is good for you. TJ is very patient and helped me make it to the top! I loved it! Thanks for offering this event to the community."

"My family and I just had our first experience with Upadowna this weekend at their Folk and Flannel fundraiser event. We had a great time as we learned about this awesome organization! The only thing we wish was different was that we had been a part of this organization sooner!"

"Such a great event (Folk'n'Flannel)! I really appreciate everyone who volunteered and worked to make the event a success. In particular I enjoyed the musical performances - I've always been a fan of Roma Ransom, and now I've added The River Arkansas to my list of must-see bands."

"Fantastic! Thanks for all you’re doing!  My boyfriend & I attended one of your climbing events a while back, and it really opened his mind to something he didn’t realize he liked.  You are making a positive difference in the community; thanks for that!" -Shelley H.

"Thanks for a great climb night on Tuesday! I had a great time, and it was fun meeting everyone and trying something new." -Tami O.

"Thank you for creating these opportunities! The entire UpaDowna experience has enriched our lives in a way I could never imagine. It's special and I hope you understand how much I cherish it!" -Sarah K.

"We had a great time and discovered a whole new set of trails to ride on!! What an awesome organization!!" -Chrysauna P.

"Thanks to the patience of many but especially Mark and Luke my 6yo, Lydia, learned how to ride her bike after her training wheels broke on the pedal party ride! Thank you UpaDowna for fostering an environment that truly made us feel welcome!" -Corrie C.

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EVENTS & Programs

Apr
9
Tue
Intro to Climbing
Apr 9 @ 5:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Intro to Climbing @ CityROCK

Description

What: “Intro to Climbing”, a donation-based class

Why: To encourage all ages and abilities to try the fun and fulfilling sport of climbing!

How: Click here to register. Do you prefer NOT using an online signup? Call us to register! 719-429-9006

Goals:

  1. To help individuals, couples, or families experience a new adventure sport in a safe and fun environment.
  2. To help individuals overcome a fear of heights by providing helpful and friendly encouragement.
  3. To overcome as many barriers as possible (cost, equipment, location, knowledge) in order for all ages and abilities to try climbing.

Details: You are invited to join UpaDowna for a first hand tour of CityROCK Climbing Center and intro to climbing class. This class is designed for folks that have never been into CityROCK, are new to climbing, or just getting back into it. You’ll get a tour of the facility and learn the basics of climbing taught by seasoned climbers from UpaDowna and CityROCK. We are stoked to offer you this amazing, donation-based, Intro to Climbing package, complete with climbing gear rental, expert instruction from Cityrock and UpaDowna staff, and food and beverages afterward, a $150 value!

More info and registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-climbing-with-upadowna-cityrock-tickets-54229343426

 

Apr
11
Thu
The Colorado Trail Project- Adventure on Tap Feat: Devin Allen
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Colorado Trail Project- Adventure on Tap Feat: Devin Allen @ The NextUs Workspace | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

***LIMITED SEATING, PLEASE RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adventure-on-tap-speaker-series-tickets-55369068374***

Devin Allen is a 53-year old outdoors enthusiast who loves mountain biking but finds adrenaline rushes in lots of other things including rock climbing, hiking, trail running, snowboarding, backpacking, camping, climbing 14’ers, wake-surfing and golf…. (yes, golf). He has run the Pikes Peak Ascent twice, climbed a bunch of 14’ers, ridden the White Rim and Kokopelli Trails in Utah (non-stop) and completed the Colorado Trail by bike and foot in 2015. He is married 27 years to Leslie and has two sons, Orry and Ross. He earns a living as a PE teacher and photographer and has resided in Colorado Springs for nearly 20 years.

This presentation will focus primarily on The Colorado Trail Project, Devin’s attempt at running and mountain biking the entire 500-mile Colorado Trail over the course of a summer when he was nearly 50 years old. It will include a 25-minute video of the effort, an overview of the trail itself, the bike-packing setup Devin used for the project and a discussion of the do’s & don’ts, highs & lows and good’s & bad’s of the whole adventure.

About Adventure on Tap: UpaDowna’s Speaker Series is a featured activity in our nonprofit’s “Community Campfire” program. This activity features a new discussion each month. Through our speaker series, you’ll have the opportunity to be inspired by many different adventures. Keeping on theme with our mission, we want to inspire individuals to pursue outdoor endeavors and this is one of the ways we hope to bring new and exciting opportunities to you! Want to be a speaker? Sign up here: https://www.upadowna.org/programs/adventure-on-tap/

Find us: 525 N. Cascade Ave on the SE corner of Cascade and Willamette. Enter the west door on the Cascade side. Parking is FREE and can be found on Cascade, Willamette and in our parking lot out back.

Apr
20
Sat
3rd Saturday Adventure & National Parks Week-FREE DAY April 20th
Apr 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join UpaDowna as we help celebrate National Parks Week with a 3rd Saturday Adventure up to Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument On Sat. April 20th! We’ll be up there from 1-3pm and hope to see you there, it’s a FREE ENTRANCE DAY!

Activities that day include:
-poetry/photography mini workshop
-short hike and reflection in nature

More info about National Parks Week:
Get ready to celebrate National Park Week 2019 from April 20 to 28! Parks across the country will host a variety of special programs and events. To kick off National Park Week, all entrance fees are waived on Saturday, April 20! There are also special days during the week to highlight the different ways you can enjoy your national parks:

April 20: National Junior Ranger Day & Entrance Fee-Free Day
April 21: Military & Veterans Recognition Day
April 22: Earth Day
April 23: Transportation Tuesday
April 24: Wild Wednesday
April 25: Throwback Thursday
April 26: Friendship Friday
April 27: Bark Ranger Day
April 28: Park Rx Day

More info here: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/national-park-week.htm

May
14
Tue
Intro to Climbing
May 14 @ 5:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Intro to Climbing @ CityROCK

Description

What: “Intro to Climbing”, a donation-based class

Why: To encourage all ages and abilities to try the fun and fulfilling sport of climbing!

How: Click here to register. Do you prefer NOT using an online signup? Call us to register! 719-429-9006

Goals:

  1. To help individuals, couples, or families experience a new adventure sport in a safe and fun environment.
  2. To help individuals overcome a fear of heights by providing helpful and friendly encouragement.
  3. To overcome as many barriers as possible (cost, equipment, location, knowledge) in order for all ages and abilities to try climbing.

Details: You are invited to join UpaDowna for a first hand tour of CityROCK Climbing Center and intro to climbing class. This class is designed for folks that have never been into CityROCK, are new to climbing, or just getting back into it. You’ll get a tour of the facility and learn the basics of climbing taught by seasoned climbers from UpaDowna and CityROCK. We are stoked to offer you this amazing, donation-based, Intro to Climbing package, complete with climbing gear rental, expert instruction from Cityrock and UpaDowna staff, and food and beverages afterward, a $150 value!

More info and registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-climbing-with-upadowna-cityrock-tickets-54229343426

 

Jun
11
Tue
Intro to Climbing
Jun 11 @ 5:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Intro to Climbing @ CityROCK

Description

What: “Intro to Climbing”, a donation-based class

Why: To encourage all ages and abilities to try the fun and fulfilling sport of climbing!

How: Click here to register. Do you prefer NOT using an online signup? Call us to register! 719-429-9006

Goals:

  1. To help individuals, couples, or families experience a new adventure sport in a safe and fun environment.
  2. To help individuals overcome a fear of heights by providing helpful and friendly encouragement.
  3. To overcome as many barriers as possible (cost, equipment, location, knowledge) in order for all ages and abilities to try climbing.

Details: You are invited to join UpaDowna for a first hand tour of CityROCK Climbing Center and intro to climbing class. This class is designed for folks that have never been into CityROCK, are new to climbing, or just getting back into it. You’ll get a tour of the facility and learn the basics of climbing taught by seasoned climbers from UpaDowna and CityROCK. We are stoked to offer you this amazing, donation-based, Intro to Climbing package, complete with climbing gear rental, expert instruction from Cityrock and UpaDowna staff, and food and beverages afterward, a $150 value!

More info and registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-climbing-with-upadowna-cityrock-tickets-54229343426

 

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