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Ouray: The Switzerland of America

Home to the jagged peaks of the San Juan Mountains, Ouray, Colorado is holding onto to its historical mining town roots while working as a basecamp for both summer and winter adventure. Although gold and silver were the original drivers to this quaint yet stunning part of Colorado, ice climbing, jeeping, and mountain biking now […] Read more…

Michigan Ice Fest

“If you can climb in Michigan, you can climb anywhere,” said Bill Thompson, head organizer for the annual Michigan Ice Festival. Many who have discovered the wildly unique, icy landscape along the south shore of Lake Superior, share the sentiment. Sometime in late ’80s, four ice climbers from Kalamazoo, Michigan caught a whiff of ice […] Read more…

Extend the season: Winter Camping

Summer, spring and fall all have their perks to getting outside and sleeping under the stars. The spring brings wildflowers and waterfalls, summer allows for plenty of t-shirt time and the fall foliage really can’t be beat. As soon as the first frost hits, the tent moves from the trunk to the top shelf, which […] Read more…

Thermos concoctions – A snack for the soul

Getting outside and enjoying the winter is well worth the effort, but those chilly temps can wear on the soul. When you remember that you’ve got a Thermos in your pack ready to warm you up, your second wind will kick into high gear! We want to share a few of our favorites that will […] Read more…

Colorful Colorado – Exploring the “white room” on foot.

Choosing how to meander through Colorado during winter can be perplexing. Between a variety of sports including skiing, ice climbing, hiking and the endless terrain, you may find yourself wondering which way to go. Taking to hills by foot is a great way to see a lot so we are giving you a few trails […] Read more…

Weekday Camping – The other hours of your day

Work hard play hard. This is a motto that outdoor adventurers live by, but many fulfill this lifestyle as a weekend warrior. What people forget is how they can take advantage of the hours between five and nine. It’s time to break the routine and take advantage of the other hours in your day!  Here […] Read more…

Conundrum Hot Springs: Four tips to beat the crowds

Conundrum Hot Springs is one of the most popular backpacking trails in Colorado, and for good reason. The trailhead sits a few miles from downtown Aspen and will make you forget city life in an instant. Ten miles of rolling trail, wild flower fields and log bridge crossings lead you to campsites surrounded by some […] Read more…

Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite – A backpacker’s dream

Yosemite is iconic to both the hardcore climber, the once a year hiker and everyone in between. There is something for everyone in Yosemite. You can drive the valley floor and get views of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls without ever leaving your car. In the summer you will probably pass a tractor ride full […] Read more…

Christo Redentor – A Different way to the top

Rio De Janiero has an unmistakable landscape. Granite domes litter the sea, urban sprawl seems to have been invented here, and the jungle still has its grip on many parts of the city. The environment provides a fix of both metropolitan hustle and outdoor adventure steps from your door. Staying in Ipanema, one of the […] Read more…