Lowa Terek GTX Hiking Boots

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When I received the boots in the mail, I wore them around the house for about an hour that afternoon to help break them in before a climb up Longs Peak (14,256ft., 5k elevation gain, 15 miles roundtrip) in Colorado. We opted to hike via the Keyhole Route with my wife and our good friend. This was my third time to ascend this route and I felt it … [Read more...]

Hooray for Ouray

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It’s that time of year again when the climbing shoes and chalk bag find their place in the gear closet while the crampons and ice tools screech with the sound of a file sharpening their steel points. Yes, winter is finally here and in full glory with plenty of snow and cold temperatures, turning the most glorious of waterfalls into true sculptures … [Read more...]

All Mixed Up

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In the fall when the temperatures are trying to get below zero in the foothills of Colorado, the ice has no problem being hardened by the sub freezing temperatures in the high country above 10,000 feet. In most years the fall is one of the best seasons to climb ice routes due to the minimal snow pack on the approach and solid forming ice up high. … [Read more...]

Wham! Bam! Lessons in Colorado's High Country

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I heard Jackie yell “ROCK!” but it wasn’t the “Rock!” that you would normally hear while climbing. This was a voice of panic and fear,and yelled at the top of her lungs...repeatedly. I looked up and watched a 500 pound boulder heading straight for my head at extremely high speed. This wouldn’t be the worst part of my day. … [Read more...]

Morning Fresh Dairy Farm in Colorado

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A dairy justly named, Morning Fresh Dairy, starts before the kiss of dawn can gingerly mark it’s’ territory and before most of us have had our first sip of coffee.  Busy bees loading truckloads of freshly bottled milk and other creamy delights to doorsteps before the cereal hits the ceramic. With soft hums of cows mooing their good mornings to … [Read more...]