What To Wear The First Time You Go Hiking

Despite what many Google results will tell you, if you want to try out hiking, you don’t need to buy much of anything. Honestly, if you’re on a well-maintained trail and go on a day with mild temperatures, you probably already have all the hiking clothes you’ll need. Let me break it down for you….

Bike to Work Essentials

Yes, I know, I’m on a bike kick these days with the blog. But it’s prime bike to work season, so I just can’t help it! I already got up on my soapbox about why you should bike to work, so now let’s talk about what you actually need to get out there (besides a bike, of…

Trail Guide: Jud Wiebe in Telluride

The Jud Wiebe Trail is one of Telluride’s most-loved, and it doesn’t take long to figure out why. A minute in, and you’re already getting some of the most spectacular panoramic views that Colorado can offer. And they somehow just keep getting better. Jud Wiebe, while not particularly long at three miles, is not for…

Gear Guide: Patagonia’s Barely Baggies and Baggies Long Shorts

Considering this is the second gear guide this summer where I’ve waxed poetic about some super expensive article of outdoorsy clothing, I feel like I need to start this post off with a disclaimer. I strongly believe that you do not need a bunch of expensive outdoors-specific gear in order to enjoy the outdoors or…

Why I Bike To Work

When I signed up for the free women’s bike maintenance class at REI, I was surprised to see it was only half full just a few days out from the event. Once I got to class, I quickly realized I was the only woman there that biked primarily for commuting, not recreation. And the more…

Trail Guide: Devils Garden at Arches National Park

I’m not going to lie, Devils Garden tested me. Not so much my physical strength, but my willingness to get out of my comfort zone and push my boundaries. The hike is absolutely doable for beginners (or it wouldn’t be so popular) but if you have a fear of heights, it will push you. That being…

Outdoor Beginner Goes Mountain Biking

Before a recent work trip to Fruita [FYI this is my day job], the grantees we were meeting enthusiastically offered to take my boss and me mountain biking. We were going there to learn about a trails project we helped fund, and let’s be real, maps and schematics around a conference table only go so…

Gear Guide: Smartwool NTS Micro 150

Spring is here, and a breathable long-sleeve shirt is a must-have for chilly mornings that turn into blazing hot afternoons. My better half found the Smartwool NTS Micro 150 crew on clearance at REI, and its insane un-stinkability (scientific term) has made it a staple in our household. The NTS Micro 150 comes in a long-sleeved…

When Will You Become Outdoor Intermediate?

I get this question a lot. I started this blog three years ago, and to some, it might make sense for me to want to move on from the beginner stage. To climb a 14er, or ski some blues, or to at least stop calling myself a beginner now that I know how to pitch…