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The 10 Essentials

Recently we went on a hike to Spruce Mountain Open Space in Larkspur, Colorado. While there, we discussed the 10 Essentials with our group of awesome hikers. Here's the "updated" list from the original group who developed the list, The…


Unseen Danger

When setting out for any outdoor adventure or any adventure for that matter, there are always dangers and risks involved. When thinking of the outdoors and camping most people immediately think of bears, mountain lions, snakes, falls, rushing water, lightning,…


Winter Camping- Van Life

This past weekend, we were invited to stay at a friend's cabin which is in the footprint of Humboldt Peak. We accepted the invite, but refused to stay in the cabin. That's right, we camped in the van, our first…


Find Your Happy Place

Ever get that happy-go-lucky, nothing-can-make-me-sad-today feeling? Welcome to your happy place! For me, most of the time, my happy place is in the outdoors. As an athletic woman who enjoys many sports, I was struggling with the "right" kind of…


Ultimate Survival #3

Here at UpaDowna we are all about making a little bit of money go a long way. One of the best examples of spreading your dollar and improvising gear is the trash bag. This over looked unsung hero is great…

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