When you dance with the mountain…the mountain always leads. So you’re going to do a 14er. You go girl. We would argue that there are not many better ways to spend a summer day in Colorado. Getting an alpine start, you can still see your breath as you follow the trail through the still dark lodge pole forest. You’re surrounded by the fragrance of pine, and serenaded by the early birds with their dawn chorus. It doesn’t get much better than that. Until you get above tree line. The sky opens up. The sun warms the crisp air. You start shedding layers. Marmots and pica chirping to replace the dawn chorus. You pick your trail through the scree, knowing that the summit you see is false, but the real one lives just out of sight. You push on, breathing is heavier, but the air is unlike air at lower elevations, perfect, fresh.…Continue Reading
The Beauty of Foil Planning a camping trip? We all know it how packing can get quite difficult, especially when it comes to meal time. What if we told you, you could leave the Coleman stove, propane tank, pan and spatula at home? Well you can! One word: aluminum foil. That’s right, the following recipes are all wrapped in aluminum foil and can be cooked right on the flaming hot coals of your fire. Mind blown? That’s what we thought. Let us know what you think about our foil campfire recipes and enjoy! If you like this post you might enjoy our handy dandy Camping Hacks as well!
The season is over…now what? While there is ski skiing in the back country, most of the resorts are turning off the lifts until next fall. So what do you do with your equipment over the summer? Get your skis tuned. Yep…do it now. If you wait until the fall, everyone in town will want a tune…ready on the same weekend. Right now shops are winding down…but not yet closed for the summer. They have time, and more than likely the machines are still set up, and tools and benches still rolling. Check out our ski tuning options! Get storage wax on your skis. The shop can do this after they tune your skis. Essentially, the wax stays on the skis through the summer. Think of it like a deep conditioning for your bases…it keeps them from drying out, especially in drier climates. Yes, you will have to bring the skis…Continue Reading
If you’re not familiar with the foreign language of climbing, the sport can be quite intimidating. Who is this person oddly standing behind climbers with their hands up? What in the world does “v-something” mean? Why is that person flying through the air with neither feet nor hands on the wall? These are completely valid questions for the average bouldering beginner and lucky for you… we have answers! You can walk the walk but can you talk the talk? If you’re in the market for a fresh new pair of kicks, check out our selection of Scarpa climbing shoes. The Scarpa Force X Women and Scarpa Helix are great beginner shoes for all you ladies just getting into the sport!
Most of us are quite accustomed to our normal day to day routine… but what happens when we swap this comfortable lifestyle for a weekend of tents, fires and playing outside?? Camping forces us to re-organize our style of living to fit in the limited space of our small trunks for the weekend. What the heck! …. But wait! There are ways to make your stay in the great outdoors the best it can be! Here are our FAVORITE camping hacks. Be camp smart!
Yurbuds: an athletes best friend! If you’re a runner and you listen to music, you’ve probably encountered the frustrations of having ear buds fall out of your ears… constantly. One word. Yurbuds. These headphones are built for athletes! They feature a Twistlock Technology which locks the ear bud in place. Not only do they provide a phenomenal and secure fit, they offer AWESOME sound quality. For the price, you really can’t go wrong! We currently stock the Yurbuds Inspire for Women and the Yurbuds Inspire Talk for Women. Check them out ladies! [shop Yurbuds]
Skiing by the numbers We thought we’d throw out some fun ski facts out there! Lifespan of a ski boot:: 80 days Number of days in a ski boot :: 75 Amount of perspiration per foot during a ski day :: 1/4 cup…. eeekk Number of times you should get your skis tuned per season :: 2 Number of times you should get your skis waxed in a season :: 5 Most expensive lift ticket in Colorado :: $129 at Vail Mountain Resort Cheapest lift ticket in Colorado :: $20 at Howelsen Hill (steamboat springs, co) Number of cars that traveled through Eisenhower Tunnel on the weekend of January 18th, 2014: 115,634