4 Mistakes I’ve Made in the Outdoors

There's something about a new year that causes me to go back and reflect on the past. I've done a lot of dumb things in the outdoors and most are related to complacency, or arrogance. Here's where I confess and tell you a few of the mistakes that I've made along the way, especially when I was pushing it really hard last summer to try to hike every day for 100 days. I'm sharing this list for two reasons. So you know that we're human around here and that we make mistakes (is anyone else sick of reading blogs where…

Fresh Tracks

Early yesterday morning we made our way to Lake Owen for a little hike and to see how much longer it's going to be before we can cross-country ski on the Medicine Bow Rail Trail (we're going to need a few more big storms...) We were the only car in the parking lot and we were so excited to be the first tracks in the fresh powder down the trail...or so we thought until we realized how much wildlife activity had occurred since Monday's storm. Every once in a while we'd stop, shove another piece of Halloween candy into our…

Hiking with Dogs-Part 2

Hiking with Dogs-Part 2: An Interview with Rachel Kowalsky & Isis Yesterday the awesome Rachel answered a few questions for us about hiking with dogs. You can check out the first part of her interview here. In this part she talks about gear, jerks who abandon dogs on tops of mountains and tells us about her most memorable hike. For now we'll dive right in with the rest of her interview. Q4. Does Isis carry water/food etc or do you pack it along? Are there any pieces of gear (leash, packs etc) that you would recommend for people who hike with…

Hiking with Dogs-Part 1

Hiking with Dogs-Part 1: An Interview with Rachel Kowalsky & Isis A few months ago I "met" Rachel over on the Hike Like A Woman facebook page. Immediately I was impressed by her story. You see a few years ago Rachel was diagnosed with a thyroid disease which required a few lifestyle changes. So, she started walking and climbing. She eventually summited all of the forty-eight 4,000 footers in New Hampshire and that was just the beginning. She's unstoppable, really. But, the best part about her story is her loyal dog, Isis, who is her almost constant companion in the…

David Fanning talks about hiking, tennis and the PWV

Last summer we met the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV) at the New West Fest in Fort Collins. Instantly we were impressed with the professionalism, organization and complete and utter awesomeness of this group of volunteers.  [caption id="attachment_9092" align="alignleft" width="125"] Photo courtesy Rawah Ranger[/caption] David Fanning serves on the Board of Directors of the PWV and as we've gotten to know him over the past year I thought it would be fun to interview him and let him talk about the mission, goals and future of the PWV. David also recently started the informative and entertaining blog, Rawah Ranger. Be sure…

Trailhead Break-in (Scenario)

Have you ever left your car at a parking lot and wondered if it was going to be safe while you were hiking? In Southeastern Wyoming we're lucky to live and recreate in a pretty safe place but sometimes when it comes to safety at the trailhead it's easy to get lazy. We've written about trailhead break-in's before. But today's #nowwhat scenario takes it one step further... Ready, Set, Discuss! What would you do? Chime in below in the comments, on twitter, facebook, pinterest or google+. 

Tick in the Armpit (Scenario)

Yesterday we went hiking. Last night we found a tick crawling across the floor. Thankfully it wasn't crawling on one of us. But, it inspired today's post. What if you find a tick embedded into your arm pit? What do you do? Ready, Set, Discuss! What would you do? Chime in below in the comments, on twitter, facebook, pinterest or google+.   

You Get Lost (Scenario)

Have you ever been lost? Even for just a moment? It's one of the most unsettling feelings in the world. It seems like every 'bad news' story I read about hikers mentions somewhere that the individual was lost. Even if you're a day hiker and you think you know your route this is still a very real situation--especially while hiking in the spring when just a few inches of unexpected snow can cover a trail making it easy to lose our way. Today's scenario takes us to a scary and often dangerous place...What would you do if you lost your…