Backcountry skiing is one of the fastest growing industries in the outdoors. Learning to safely go into the backcountry can be expensive and complicated, and not to mention dangerous – it’s not for everybody. Here are some resources to help you get started.
Regardless of how you define “backyard” there are a multitude of ways you can find adventure in you very own backyard. This is the true beauty of adventure — it is what you make of it and as the saying goes “it’s the journey, not the destination”. So let’s jump right into how you can create adventures in your very own backyard!
This was our first trip to Washington DC and we were not sure what to do. It was a bit overwhelming, honestly. We weren’t sure what we were getting ourselves into. Here’s what we learned about Washington DC on our very first trip to the US Capitol…
Bundle up and get outside, even when the trails are snow covered and the wind is nipping at your nose. However, take a hot second to make sure you’re prepared for the winter weather. We’re working on the assumption that you know how to dress for the cold weather and remember to strap on some sort of traction for the icy trails. But what about the ten essentials?! Have you taken the time to winterize your stash of trail must-haves? If not, keep on reading, we’ll get you a few tips and tricks to have your pack ready for wintry adventures.
Colorado is the proud home of 32 ski resorts, some of which are open from October until April…or later. There is a cluster of well known ski resorts in the central Colorado Rocky Mountains. These are the resorts we reference in this article as we dig into how the popular ski resorts are planning to open during the COVID pandemic.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fall hiking? Fall colors? Chilly mornings? Rainy days? It really does vary by where you’re hiking. However, there is one thing that nearly every fall hike has in common…variable weather! No matter where you are you can expect to encounter changing weather in the fall.
If you’re like us, no matter how fun and exciting your adventure plans, sometimes the snacks you pack is anything but fun and exciting. Often, we plan an adventure at the last minute, grab a couple of the same pre-packaged bars that we always keep in the kitchen, and eventually ingest a mostly tasteless cube of calories for strictly functional reasons, to prevent bonking. Let’s fix that!
We tend to seek out the lesser known areas for our own adventures. This year we opted to spend our fall road trip weekend in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, located on the western slopes of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The Flat Tops Wilderness is a bit further north than the better known parts of the western slopes…but it is gorgeous, even when there’s a smokey haze.
We often see photos of beautiful trails and epic mountain summits in the Colorado Rockies but you don’t need to hike up a mountainside to experience the beauty of the Rockies. There are roads winding through the mountains that offer up stunning views. Colorado has nearly 100 mountain passes accessible by road [some paved, some very rugged]. This article highlights five of the most scenic mountain passes that are easily accessible. We also have five lesser known passes available via downloadable PDF to take your mountain road trip to the next level!
Most of us know what 3 miles feel like on our local bike path or what it means to gain the elevation of a flight of stairs in our house. But sometimes when reading a trail description, the metrics don’t mean much until we’re hours into a hike, struggling perpetually upward, wondering how these 3 miles could feel so different than those bike path miles.