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SPUR /spər/

noun

-a thing that prompts or encourages someone; an incentive
-an angular projection, offshoot, or branch extending out beyond or away from a main body or formation
-A spur is the outward projecting (bulging out)part of the mountain that usually curves away from the main body, laterally.

 verb
-promote the development of; stimulate.

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. SPUR stands for “Similar Paths United by Recreation”. 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!

Apply to be a leader

We are looking at offering more frequent programs, with a focus on multiple group categories. Please help us narrow down the direction of these future groups, or also apply to be a leader for a category or two!

Feb
7
Fri
Intro to Climbing Class
Feb 7 @ 5:45 pm – 8:00 pm
Intro to Climbing Class @ CityROCK | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

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! A $15 donation per person is suggested, but feel free to donate what you can afford!

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

Why: To encourage new climbers to try the fun and fulfilling sport of rock climbing!

Who: Adults 21+. Individuals, or couples are welcome to sign up.

How: Choose one or two donation-based tickets. Type in your donation amount and then continue registration. Want to donate by cash or check? Please call us.

Have a family you want to take climbing? Check on our website or facebook for Family Climb Nights! Have 4 or more people, or even a group? Contact us for a private session! 719-429-9006

Goals:

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

Please note: This Climb Night is limited to 16 people. You MUST fill out a CityROCK climbing waiver for every person in your group prior to arriving and MUST watch the safety video upon arrival. Climb Night starts promptly at 6pm. It is HIGHLY recommended that you arrive 15 minutes early to check in. If you arrive later than 6pm, you might not be able to join the class. Call 719-429-9006 if you will be late. If you have already attended an Intro to Climb Night, please do not sign up again for the same class.

Did You Know…UpaDowna Climb Night Members can save 10% on a membership to CityROCK?!

Thank you to our Climb Night Sponsors; Heuberger Subaru, City Rock, and The Ute & Yeti.

Feb
13
Thu
Galentines Day Climb!
Feb 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Galentines Day Climb! @ CityROCK | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

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.)

Details:
-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!

Feb
20
Thu
Lunch Break Cleanup W/ UpaDowna & OutThere Colorado
Feb 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Lunch Break Cleanup W/ UpaDowna & OutThere Colorado @ North Monument Valley Park | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

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.

DETAILS:
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.

See safety guidelines here: https://www.springsgov.com/units/cityeng/StormwaterEnterprise/Adopt-A-Waterway%20Level%201/%286%20%29Adopt-A-Waterway%20Safety%20Guidelines.pdf

Thank you to our 2020 Trail/Park cleanup sponsor:
SOCO Waste

Feb
27
Thu
Pillar Institute Class: “Seasoned Adventurers: Staying Active as Older Adults”
Feb 27 @ 10:15 am – 12:15 pm
Pillar Institute Class: "Seasoned Adventurers: Staying Active as Older Adults” @ Pillar Institute For Lifelong Learning | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

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/

Feb
29
Sat
February Incline Happy Hour (Meet Up: Manitou Brewing Company)
Feb 29 @ 2:30 pm – 7:30 pm
February Incline Happy Hour (Meet Up: Manitou Brewing Company) @ Incline Base Camp | Manitou Springs | Colorado | United States

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.*****

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