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…

Tone It Up Didn’t Work For Me

Let me begin with a quick disclaimer — I am in no way denouncing all the hot new fitness communities/tribes/etc. If they work for you and make you feel good, great! They didn’t do that for me. And I felt like I was the only one in the world that felt like shit about myself while…

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…

Colorado Road Trip Hack: Make Your Own Lunch in Palisade

Part of the reason we opted for a road trip vacation was to see a lot of places on a budget. After camping and hiking in Colorado National Monument, we rolled into Palisade ready to spend money on being winos instead of a pricey lunch. After scrolling through a lot of very lackluster Yelp reviews, we were…

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…

Gear Guide: AO Coolers Canvas 36-Pack Cooler

Coolers are a staple for any camping, road tripping, or day-drinking household. And while you can drop hundreds of dollars on a Yeti (and then constantly tell people it’s SO WORTH all that money), you could also just spend about $60 and get this one. We have put AO Coolers’ canvas cooler (36-pack size) to the test…