3 Favorite Local Websites

Al & I spend a lot of time scouring the world wide web in search of trail information and good high quality outdoor content. We like blog posts and articles that are informational, inspiring and visual. We're always in search of other blogs and websites that talk about some of our favorite places in Wyoming & Colorado Today we're sharing 3 of our favorites. If you live in the trifecta of awesomeness (Laramie, Cheyenne, or Fort Collins) we highly recommend subscribing to these 3 websites, they rock. 1. Rawah Ranger. If you're a Just Trails fan you know that we're…

Maybe Technology in the Wilderness is a Good Thing

Yesterday we followed the news carefully as a 19 year old Canadian named Samuel Frappier was rescued from Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park. We could go into a huge study about this situation. Frappier was unprepared and inexperienced. He shouldn't have been on the peak, and he separated from his hiking companion. Frappier admits that he made mistakes on the mountain, we appreciate that. But, there's a different side to the story that I think is important. While stuck on Longs Peak, Frappier used his cell phone to communicate with rescuers. I'm assuming that he didn't have some fancy…

How to Start a Hiking Group (Part 4: Leading a Group Hike)

We've had so much fun the past few weeks talking about hiking groups, how to start them, how to find people to hike with and how to plan a group hike. Today we're talking about leading and organizing group hikes. Here are a few things to think about when planning and leading a group hike. 4 Weeks Before the Hike Start initial planning process. No Later than 1 Week Before the Hike  Announce the group hike on a digital platform. 72 Hours Before the Hike Look at the forecast. Do a recon of the trail. Put out any last minute…

How to Start a Hiking Group (part 3 Planning a Group Hike)

So far as part of our group hike series we’ve talked about what platform to use to communicate with your group and how to find group members. Today we’re talking about planning and how to plan a group hike so that everyone (even the organizer) has a good time. When I start the planning process I ask myself the following questions. This isn’t an all inclusive checklist, but it's a good start. {Note: All though I will admit that sometimes I just post on our hiking group facebook page, "Meet us at Tie City at 9 am tomorrow" and that…

How to Start a Hiking Group: Finding Group Members (Part 2)

If you're looking to start a hiking group in your community you're in the right place. This is the second post in our series about hiking groups. Last week we discussed what digital communication platforms to use to keep members informed. This week we're going to talk about where to find hikers in your area and how to ask them to join your group. When I started my hiking group I didn't have a ton of friends in my local community. It helps to start a hiking group if you can reach out to your social circle. But, if you're new to…

How to Start a Hiking Group: Finding a Platform (Part 1)

I'm surprised by how many people in our community want to go hiking but don't have anyone to go with so they just stay home. No one should have that problem! Here's where you can step in a start a hiking group in your community, make new friends and get more hikers out on the trails. Every Wednesday for the next month we'll be talking about how to start a group hike. We'll discuss Finding a Platform (today). Finding Group Members, Planning Hikes and Leading Hikes. Last fall I wanted to meet more Mom's here in Laramie. I figured that if…

Does Hiking Improve Creativity?

If you struggle looking for ways to be more creative perhaps you just need to take a hike. Recently researchers at Stanford published this study.  They found that walking improves creativity.   No big surprise, but the way that they conducted the study is interesting so be sure to check it out. So, what do you think? I always feel much more willing to sit down and write a blog post, edit video or do something else a little bit more well, inspired after hiking. I always figured it was the sunshine or the fresh air or the brisk Wyoming wind…

Should Snowshoeing Be An Olympic Sport?

This morning I was up very early with a sick kiddo. NBC just happened to be showing Olympic coverage of men's curling. So, I cuddled with a coughing trail toddler and watched stones glide down the ice. Curling gets a lot of grief for being an Olympic sport. So does ice dancing, rhythmic gymnastics and race walking, while snowshoe enthusiasts are left behind saying, "What about our sport?" After all there is a governing committee for snowshoeing in the United States, the USSSA. There is a National Team for men, women and juniors. There are nationally sanctioned races. There is…

Trail’ology: “It’s hard to get motivated to hike in the winter” + winter hiking tips

Last Wednesday I did not feel like hiking. Between the cold weather, a teething baby, and fighting to put layers of clothing  on our kids I had to dig deep to find the motivation to take my kids up to Happy Jack for a little snowshoeing. It wasn't any better when we got to the trailhead. Our 2-year-old was in tears when a gust of wind smacked him in the face and our baby was just well...angry. But, I strapped on my snowshoes anyway. I couldn't coax the toddler into his so I gave up and we left the barren…

Trail’ology: When to turn back and call it a day

We've all heard the horror stories, when summit fever occurs and a trekker refuses to turn back even though their odds of surviving (or reaching the summit) are slim. Today on trail'ology we're talking about how this relates to those of us who aren't epic mountaineers, just normal people who like to explore. Yesterday we decided to pack the kid's up and head up into the Snowy Range for a little bit of cross-country skiing. We haven't skied up Barber Lake Road yet this winter so we decided to give it a try. There was only one problem. Our adventure…