On the Colorado Trail with Willow Belden

A few weeks ago I was at a birthday party and met Willow for the first time. Now, I'd known about Willow for a long time--she's kind of a big deal in little ole Laramie but as we got to chatting I knew that I had to interview her for the website. I was happy when she agreed to chat with me. Willow is down to earth, educated, smart and you can't help but want to go on an adventure with her. I hope you enjoy the interview. Be sure to check out her podcast, we think you're gonna like it.…

Trail Report: Turtle Rock 5.5.15

I think I start to go through Vedauwoo withdrawals if I don't get up there at least once a month. Vedauwoo is a magical place. I love it there. This morning I looked at the fog and rain on top of the summit and decided to bundle the kids up anyway and head to Vedauwoo. We hiked along the eastern section of the Turtle Rock trail until they got tired, then I schlepped them out, tossed one on my back and the other in our Chariot and walked up the road and along the paved pathway through Box Canyon (just past…

Trail Report: River Trail (Little Laramie Trailhead) 4.28.15

It was a beautiful spring morning in the Medicine Bow National Forest. We started from the Little Laramie trailhead in the Snowies and meandered along the River Trail. From the trailhead it looked like the trail would be a good mix of snow and dirt so we left our snowshoes in the car. We ended up postholing a bit but the snow wasn't too deep. If you're headed there in the next few days I would recommend snowshoes just in case. Here are the current trail conditions. Date: 4/28/15 Time: 9-11:00 am Temperature: 45-50°F (ish). Weather: Beautiful, sunny, warm Wind: None Trails Hiked:…

Trail Report: Stone Temple/ Ignoramus 4.25.15

Confession: I went hiking at Curt Gowdy State Park on both Friday and Saturday. Maybe it's because after Thursday's adventure at Tie City I just didn't feel like putting my kids into snowsuits and strapping on snowshoes. Or maybe it's just because in the past few months I've fallen in love with Curt Gowdy State Park. Whatever it is we spent a lot of time on Stone Temple and Ignoramus this weekend. Here are the current trail conditions as of yesterday, although that I'm sure with last nights rain you can count on more mud. Date: 4/24 & 25/15 Time: 8-11:00 am…

Trail Report: Tie City 4.23.15

I thought it was time to hang up our snowshoes and cross-country skis but Mother Nature had other plans. For that we are thankful! This morning we headed up to the Tie City trailhead to snowshoe with our local hiking group. {Insert shameless plug...if you have kids and like to hike and live in the Laramie or Cheyenne area you're all invited to come hike with us!} Here are the current trail conditions from the Tie City trailhead. Be forewarned that currently the roads to the trailhead (and the Happy Jack trailhead) have not been plowed so be prepared to park & gear-up…

Smartphone Navigation: Why it’s not crazy!

If you follow us on facebook or twitter you know that last Saturday we taught a class on Smartphone Navigation at the Fort Collins Sierra Trading Post. It was a risky move, we knew we'd encounter resistance. A lot of outdoor purists scoff at the notion that a smartphone could even be remotely useful in the wilderness. The manager of the Fort Collins Sierra Trading Post confirmed that with us when he mentioned that his customers were skeptical about the class. But here's the deal. Your smartphone is just another tool in your daypack. It's nestled between other tools: a…

Trail Report: Green Rock

  Sunshine! Blue Sky! I had to head up to the Snowies this morning. It was worth shoving my kids into their snowsuits to get in what just might be one last snowshoe of the season in. Here are the current trail conditions from the Green Rock trailhead. Date: 4/10/15 Time: 9 am-10:030 am MDT Temperature: 35-40°F (ish). Weather: Warm, bright and sunny. Wind: None. At all. It was beautiful. Trails Hiked: Portions of Libby Creek trail Trail Conditions: Soft snow with a nice thick crusty top. We snowshoed but you might be able to get away with just hiking right now. We also only…

The UW Wilderness Festival-An Interview with Jackson Clarendon

Last week I read about the UW Wilderness Festival and instantly emailed Jackson Clarendon, one of the event organizers for more details about this awesome event. If you're a Laramie local, or looking to come to Laramie for a fun week check out his interview below to what's going on at the UW Wilderness Festival. Q1. What is the Wilderness Festival? Is this the first one? How did the idea come about? Last October, the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources sponsored about 15 students traveling to the National Wilderness Conference in Albuquerque. This four day event celebrating the 50th…

Walking a Fine Line…

This morning when I woke up I planned on writing about happy things like the trail conditions at Tie City (slushy, melting, but skiable) and Curt Gowdy State Park (dry, beautiful, dust off your mountain bike and take the afternoon off). But, then I read this article and it got me all fired up. I'm still all fired up. I need to go hike it off. Please excuse me while I step on my soapbox. In Hawaii hiking bloggers did something stupid.  They wrote about and promoted a hiking trail that encouraged people to trespass on private property. Naturally, we're outraged.…