How do I climb a 14er? (Reader Question)

Lately, we've been asked a lot of questions about things like gear, equipment and hiking in general. It's awesome, we love being able to share our thoughts. Instead of keeping the conversation confined to an email or social media conversation, we're going to start publishing more Q&A's right here too. At the end of August I headed to Colorado to climb Mt. Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln and Bross with a few friends. They were my first 14ers. I write a trip report over on our sister site, Hike Like A Woman and it's been crazy popular. But it also generated a…

Trail Report: Lone Pine State Wildlife Area 5/29/15

Our morning started bright and early when we packed our raincoats and headed to Colorado! Shocking, I know. We spent some time at a Cub Scout Camp where our friends, the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers are having their spring training. Al is teaching a map & compass class and a GPS class tomorrow so we got the course set up and hiked around the camp a bit. Then we decided to head to the Cherokee State Wildlife Area to check out the Lone Pine trail. The actual Lone Pine trail is over 10 miles, but we only made it down the…

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.…

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…

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…

Now What? New Blog Series

Have you ever been on an outdoor adventure and found yourself thinking "oh no, now what am I going to do?" I have. Two years ago Al and I were hiking up Mount McConnell. Al had taken our baby (we only had one at this point in our lives) and was hiking some of the shorter trails at the base of the mountain. I was lucky enough to get to hike to the peak all by myself, without a crying baby. It was heaven. Until... I ran into a patch of snow and lost the trail. Slipped on the ice.…

How to Prevent Trail Damage During the Mud Months

It's spring in the Rockies. This means that within a 24 hour period we can go from snow to sunshine to rain. It's also what my Dad calls the "mud months" when you're not sure if you should hike, snowshoe, ski or try to do all 3 based off of the trail conditions. Regardless of the weather, during the mud months it's important to try to take care of the trails and prevent unnecessary damage and erosion. Here are a few tips: Stay on the trails. Don't walk (or ride if you're mountain biking) around mud puddles on the trails.…

The Clark Peak Yurt

Last weekend we stayed in a yurt in Colorado State Forest State Park. While we like camping we also like sleeping on beds and the Clark Peak Yurt combined the luxury of sleeping on a bed with all the fun of camping. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prqNgWwaSSA&feature=player_embedded Our weekend began late Friday afternoon with a rush to pack and get to the yurt before dark.  Following written directions and relying zen navigation we made it to the yurt just as the sun set and right before a light rainfall. Al quickly went to work unloading the car and doing manly things like building a…

How Do You Stay ‘Surefooted’ While Hiking?

Have you ever had one of those days on the trails where you're clumsy and you can't seem to get your footing right? Add a heavy pack, a little bit of dehydration, and some altitude and all of a sudden the simple act of crossing a boulder field or a stream becomes a daunting, ungraceful and often ugly task. Earlier this spring I was hiking up Mount McConnell, it's a fantastic hike with spectacular views.But there was still snow and ice on the ground and I lost the trail and ended up sliding my way down a massive pile of…