Beginner’s Gear Guide: Coleman one-burner butane camp stove

I have long been an advocate of “keep it simple, stupid” when it comes to campground food. But to keep it hot-dogs-and-smores simple, you need a fire. This year’s drought in Colorado resulted in statewide fire bans, and we had a camping trip planned for early August. We kept hoping the bans would get lifted…

Beginner’s Campground Guide: Canyon at Yellowstone National Park

Between the cost of indoor lodging and the insanely nice campground amenities, it’s a no-brainer to camp for at least part of your trip to Yellowstone. The Canyon Campground is located on the eastern side the park and is named for its proximity to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. None of the campgrounds at…

The fitness app that helped me get back on the wagon

In August, I hit a major personal milestone in running…and then promptly stopped running altogether. I helped a friend finish their first-ever Leadville 100 by pacing (running and hiking with) them for 12 miles of the race. It was hilly, it was dark, it was hard. I was in the worst shape of anyone after the…

Beginner’s Gear Guide: Teton Sports Double Sleeping Bag

I’m not too proud to admit that I don’t like sacrificing snuggling while camping. Unzipping one sleeping bag and using it as a blanket isn’t warm enough, plus it always slides off. And what’s the point of sleeping in the cold if you can’t snuggle your significant other? I put the Teton Sports Tracker Ultralight…

Beginner’s Campground Guide: North Michigan at State Forest State Park

North Michigan is one of five campgrounds in State Forest State Park, a hidden gem in northern Colorado near the tiny town of Walden. Michigan Lake is a great option for car camping, particularly if you don’t look for reservations early enough and don’t get into Crags (this totally didn’t happen to me). North Michigan…

Beginner’s Race Guide: Colfax Marathon Relay Race

So your coworkers have peer-pressured you into running the Colfax Marathon Relay. Don’t worry! I was in your shoes. You’ll have a great time, I promise. Between my aversion to paying a bunch of money to run somewhere I already go all the time and the fact that the Colfax Marathon Relay didn’t have a…

Outdoor Beginner tries the Aaptiv fitness app

Based on my highly-scientific Instagram poll, most of you have never tried Aaptiv. If you’ve also never heard of Aaptiv, let me start there. It’s a monthly subscription fitness app that makes it easy for you to workout anytime, anywhere. I am a cheapskate, so I’m always skeptical of paying for anything that I could…