The Colorado Rocky Mountains are blanketed in colorful, delicate wildflower blooms three seasons out of four. Due to the long, sunny days and open meadows you’ll find an ever changing variety of wildflowers throughout the mountains all summer.
Winter adventures present the opportunity to see the Earth after a costume change. Whether the land is snow covered or simply cold but bare, plants and animals wear their winter clothes, and even familiar places offer new discoveries. But cold-weather adventuring also presents the opportunity to develop hypothermia and frostbite, two potentially serious medical conditions. It’s important to note that while these conditions are risks in cold weather, “cold” can mean a summer rainstorm, not only a snowy midwinter day.
When asking people about winter hiking one of the first concerns they bring up is…being cold. Because being cold sucks and winter is kind of known for its cold weather. No matter where you live your version of “winter” comes with cooler temperatures than your version of “summer”. However, being cold is something you can [somewhat] easily mitigate with the proper layers…used in the proper order and at the proper times.
Let me start out this article with a little honesty…I do not exactly *love* winter camping. I have a very strong love-hate relationship with camping in the snow. This is mostly because I don’t handle big changes in temperature very well and once I’m warm I don’t want to face the snow just to empty my bladder before falling asleep.
If you’re ready to get out and play on your public lands and less interested in knowing the ins and outs of federal land management agencies, skip ahead a few sections. Just keep one important thing in mind; as the USFS reminds us, “It’s all yours.” Public lands belong to every U.S. citizen. It’s your land, yours to explore, enjoy, and protect.
This is not your average gift guide – it is not a “top ten” or “must have” list of items that your friends and family may or may not want. This gift guide does not simply recommend specific items, instead it outlines broader categories then suggests a few items the adventurer on your gift list may need.
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.