Gear Guide: North Face Women’s Etip Gloves

Winter is coming, and I may not watch Game of Thrones but I do know that chilly mornings are already in full-swing here in Colorado. The hunt for gloves is on. I bought the North Face Women’s Etip gloves about three years ago (on sale). They’ve been a great lightweight, all-purpose glove that I can…

Why Beginner Hikers Should Consider Hiking/Trekking Poles

REI already has a great blog post about how to use and buy trekking poles, but the true beginners out there may be wondering: 1) what even are trekking poles? 2) why on earth you would want them when they look so dorky? Let’s start with the first one. Hiking poles, walking sticks, hiking staff,…

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…

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…

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…

Trail Guide: Winter Hiking at Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Winter means most Coloradans are headed to the mountains to strap on skis. If you’re still in the mood for outdoor recreation but don’t want the 4 a.m. wake-up call that comes with a mountain trip, head east instead of west to Paint Mines Interpretive Park. How Do I Get There? Paint Mines is a…

Trail Guide: Hiking Colorado National Monument

With the Indian summer Colorado is currently enjoying (shout out to global warming!), it’s the perfect time of year to hike Colorado National Monument without having to wake up at 6 a.m. to beat the heat. This was our first stop during our summer 2016 road trip, and we quickly realized that this area of…

Trail Guide: Matthews Winters Park

Less than an hour from Denver? Check. Beginner-friendly trails with a view? Double check. Like many of the parks in the Jeffco (Jefferson County) Open Space system, Matthews Winters makes it wonderfully beginner-friendly to get outdoors. It’s great to hike, bike, or run (why you should consider trail running) without sacrificing views or an entire…

The Beginner’s Case For Trail Running

If you’ve just started out hiking you may be thinking, “Why run when I can walk?” Admittedly, I was in your camp not long ago. Until I started to lose that loving feeling for road running. All the groups I joined left me in the dust or met at totally unacceptable hours (6:30 a.m. on…

Trail Guide: Fountain Valley Loop at Roxborough State Park

When 2016 rolled around, I realized not only had I been neglecting this blog, but I also hadn’t gone for a hike since summer. Let me remind you – I live in Denver. Mere hours from some of the most spectacular outdoorsy-ness this country has to offer. And there I was, on my couch. Hours…