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,…

Beginner’s 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.   One drawback about Telluride is that it isn’t a quick trip…

Beginner’s Gear Guide: Most versatile shorts for hiking

Considering this is the second gear guide 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 be considered…

Beginner’s 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…

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Hiking Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument was our first stop during our summer 2016 road trip, and we quickly realized that this area of Colorado is best visited at literally any other time of year than when we went in June. But the scenery? Totally worth the 6 a.m. wake up call. If you’re driving in from Denver,…

Beginner’s 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 without sacrificing views or an entire day. How Do I Get There?…