Hike: Dowdy Draw-Spring Brook Loop, Boulder, Colorado

Hike: Dowdy Draw-Spring Brook Loop, Boulder, Colorado

This is a great after-work hike if you live nearby, or a mild weekend hike if you only have a couple of hours. You’ll find nice open areas with views of the mountains and a bit of ponderosa pine forest on the Spring Brook portion as well. These trails are very popular with mountain bikers, so be careful when coming around the bends. Quick Facts Hike Dowdy Draw-Spring Brook Loop Highlights Open views, prairie with …

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Book Review: The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide by Andrew Skurka

The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide By Andrew Skurka Published 2012 Full color, 224 pages Publisher: National Geographic This is the book I wish I had years ago when I first started backpacking. Read The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide, and you may look at backpacking differently. This is not a day hiker’s book. It’s really for a subset of backpackers, what the author calls Ultimate Hikers. Ultimate Hiking is his term for those seeking a lighter …

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Map Review: Rocky Mountain National Park – Trails Illustrated

National Geographic Trails Illustrated™ – Rocky Mountain National Park Published 2008 Full color Publisher: National Geographic Rating: I bring this map with me every time I hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. Although the free map provided at the park entrance is pretty good overall, it does not include campsite locations. This map does, and specifies which are group and pack animal sites. This information helps me scout out future camping locations when I’m doing …

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Packing List, Rocky Mountain National Park (3 Nights, Summer)

Here’s a list that worked well for me on an easy four day/three night hike with a single back country site in Rocky Mountain National Park. What you bring will depend on the time of year and location. This was a relatively easy hike with warm and dry conditions, although I was prepared for rain. Note: bear canisters are required for food storage for back country camping inside Rocky Mountain National Park. The extra weight …

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Hike: Lawn Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

Hike: Lawn Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

A nice mountain hike through varied forest to an alpine lake, with interesting eroded areas due to a 1982 dam failure. A long uphill climb brings you to a high valley surrounded by high peaks and with with scenic vistas to the South. Allow most of the day and watch for quickly changing weather conditions. Quick Facts Hike Lawn Lake Location Rocky Mountain National Park, off Old Fall River Road Map GPS, trailhead 40.407059,-105.626857 Overall …

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Hike: Blue Lake, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado

Hike: Blue Lake, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Colorado

A stunning trek hike through taiga forest to an alpine lake, complete with late snowfields, a waterfall on the far bank, all surrounded by towering peaks. This trail is not too difficult for most hikers, yet the elevation gain can be quite taxing. You’ll be rewarded by impressive views and if you’re hiking in summer, the wildflowers are spectacular as you approach the lake. Quick Facts Hike Blue Lake Location Indian Peak Wilderness, accessed via …

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(Sub) Urban Gardening

(Sub) Urban Gardening

  Apartment living has its perks–virtually no maintenance worries, very little snow chores and (usually) brand new carpet. The missing element is the yard that comes with having a home. And with a yard comes a garden. In Denver proper, there exists an amazing urban gardening scene. R+P can often be found lending a hand and having a good time with the folks at Urbiculture. Check out the recent work day at Columbia School. You …

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Short Film ‘Pond’ Looks at Life Close to Home

I love to explore places, especially near my own home. Being new to Colorado, this give me lots of opportunities to see places with a fresh perspective. This pond right outside my front door sits in an open space in Superior, Colorado, that follows the course of a creek and is a fusion of natural and built elements used to filter runoff of pollutants and provide wildlife habitat. The area is thick with all manner …

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Robots and Ponies at a Lower Elevation

Change is in the air. No, it’s not spring time. We’ve got a long way to go. Especially when you’re in Colorado. Robots and Ponies is now blogging (well, never mind) from the fine, but snowy state of Colorado. OK, I’ve made the revelation; it’s now time to resume normal blogging activities.

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Kahtoola MICROspikes® for Winter Hiking

Rating: 5/5 You’ll love them! I’ve been using Kahtoola MICROspikes® for a few years, and they really help make icy winter hikes a lot more enjoyable. MICROspikes® are basically small crampons (spiked cleats that attach over a hiking boot or shoe) made easy. They consist of a rubber fitting and some chains that hold the 3/8 inch (10 mm) spikes in place underneath the sole of the boot. They have smaller spikes and are more …

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