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Rye Porter

Photo:This week our search for a Beer Of The Week(end) took us 20 miles west of Denver to the Tommyknocker Brewery in Idaho Springs. Every good BOTW should start out with a picture that needs some explanation. This is Mic,…

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Osprey Exos Backpacks

Osprey Packs is based in Cortez, CO, so as with most Colorado-based gear companies, UpaDowna is slightly biased towards them because we love to support our local folks when they make solid products. Osprey's Exos line, released last year, brings…

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Product Previews: On-trail Electronics

The idea of needing electronics while in the wilderness kind of turns my stomach. As a camping, backpacking, and wilderness-roaming community we have already trained ourselves to get by without electronics; we can navigate with map and compass instead of…

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JanSport Salish

JanSport Salish 34 Volume: 2099.8 cu" / 34.41 L Weight: 3lbs 9oz Torso Length: 18" MSRP: $120** When we speak of JanSport packs it is often in reference to backpacks that many refer to as "book bags", but in addition…

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Harmonica Arch Day Hike

Yeti and I have done this hike a few times, and it's been written-up here before. I searched for it online this morning and it appears that a dozen other people have written about it as well. Here is the…

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Hell’s Hole Day Hike

Hell's Hole is an impressive band of cliffs in the shadow of Gray Wolf Mountain in the Mount Evans Wilderness, about 30 miles outside of Denver. With an elevation gain of almost 2000' over 4 miles, this out-and-back trail ends…

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Bear Peak Day Hike

While I have some time over the next few weeks I intend to write-up several Front Range day-hikes/jogs. I don't have a specific theme, other than; they are all day hikes, challenging, and fun in some way. It's also an…

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TGR: Deeper *Due This Fall*

Teton Gravity Research is notorious for making some great films, so I'm pretty excited for the release of Deeper. Unfortunately, I'll have to wait till this fall. I like a good backcountry ski/snowboard movie. Videos of riders doing burly pipe…

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A Bag Of Doo Doo

This summer the National Park Service wants you to shit in your backpack. Ok, not exactly, but basically.... The NPS has installed human waste bag dispensers at a few of Rocky Mountain National Park's trailheads to get you to take…

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Yuppie 911 Whack-A-Mole

First of all, do you know what the item pictured below is? Well, I can tell you what it isn't.... IT CERTAINLY ISN'T A DAMN AVALANCHE TRANSCEIVER. I caught this story from the Denver Post a few months ago. In…

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