Please reserve a spot on our facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/752680285255825/
Our first SPUR activity of the year! Join staff member Delina (Dee) Auciello at CityROCK for a fun, supportive, and easy going women’s only climb night! Unlike our “Intro to Climbing Class” https://www.facebook.com/events/454654665231939/, this meetup is intended for those that are familiar with climbing and may have their own equipment as well. (Day pass to CityROCK with harness only $19! If you need shoes they will be an additional $5.)
-CityROCK waiver/safety video required before climbing (if your first time): https://climbcityrock.com/climbing/online-waiver
-Must have a CityROCK membership or pay for a day pass (discount available)
-Must have equipment or pay for a rental (discount available)
-In order to belay at CityROCK, you need to be certified by them
-No structured instructions will be given but you can ask for help if needed!
-This is not an UpaDowna guided/structured activity. It is simply a meetup (come when you can and leave when you want!)
About SPUR Groups:
To UpaDowna, the definition of SPUR is Similar Paths United (by) Recreation. Many of us walk the same path and don’t even know it. Finding camaraderie with others who share similar interests helps us feel more comfortable with new experiences. Many times, it can also help to share your challenges with folks who are “climbing” the same mountain as you. In simple terms, UpaDowna’s mission is to provide access to outdoor adventures for all. Staying true to our mission, we will still continue to offer activities and programs that are free and open to everyone. However, more and more similar interest groups have organically started to pop up within our organization. Enter our “SPUR” groups. Many participants find out at our programs that they have something in common; they are single parents, or maybe dog lovers, or possibly they just moved to Colorado. Stay tuned for additional SPUR activities!
Cleanups are back for 2020! This month, we’re headed to Monument Valley Park in downtown Colorado Springs.
Join UpaDowna and OutThere Colorado to make a difference on your lunch break by helping us take care of our adopted parks & trails!
LOCATION: Meet up at the Monument Valley Parking Lot at 205 W Fontanero St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.
Trash bags, gloves, water, and snacks will be provided. Have a cleanup or UpaDowna shirt? Please wear it!
The adoption of this parks and trails is in partnership with the City of Colorado Springs. Waivers will need to be signed at every clean up and a brief safety meeting will take place before the cleanup.
Please arrive early, after the safety talk and waivers, we hit the trail ASAP!
Kids are welcome but keep in mind, there can be dangerous objects along the trail. Please keep a close eye on little ones. We currently do not have gloves for kids under 10.
We always suggest to wear layers, with long pants/ long sleeved shirt and sturdy closed-toed shoes. Bring water and a small backpack for snacks, rain gear, or anything needed to keep kiddos happy, just in case!
**WEATHER: usually we do not cancel. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the most updated news, or call 719-429-9006 for info.
Thank you to our 2020 Trail/Park cleanup sponsor:
Whether you are an experienced outdoors person, or just nature-curious, nature can help you stay active and social. Learn about ways to pack for day trips, where to find easy and fun hikes nearby, or how you can explore the Pikes Peak region by provided transportation through UpaDowna, where many of the adventures are free or with a donation. Thur. Feb. 27th, 10:15am-12:15pm $25 non-member, $10 member
For more info or to register: https://www.pillarinstitute.org/
The Incline Happy Hour is back! What is the IHH? Well, a group of us make the trek up from the bottom of the incline then run down Barr Trail and usually end up at a local Manitou Springs watering hole afterward (this month: Manitou Brewing Company!). Start whenever you need to, this is self paced, not a race and is not a guided group activity. Friendly and welcoming to all, but be sure you are physically (and mentally) in shape for this extreme hike.
Come out, make some friends, and most importantly have fun! We look forward to seeing you!
How to participate:
1) Join our UpaDowna group on Strava: https://www.strava.com/clubs/566191
2) RSVP to the Incline Happy Hour of the month event
3) Sign the waiver: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5e12796086eeb/web/
3) Complete the Incline sometime that day (think about joining us at 2:30 pm!)
4) Optional: meet up afterward (at 6:30 pm) at the watering hole of the month (this month: Manitou Brewing Company!)
****Being a part of the UpaDowna Incline Happy Hour means that you will obey all rules and regulations of the Incline and Barr Trail (https://manitousprings.org/where-to-play/manitou-incline/). We DO NOT associate ourselves with people that cut switchbacks, litter, or display other disrespectful uses of the trial. The Incline has it’s own set of “guidelines” that you may or may not choose to follow. Ages 21+ only for this event. Dogs are NOT recommended for this trail.*****