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Adventure Guides

Explore: Wildflower Viewing in Northern Colorado – Part 2

By On August 13, 2015

Well, I felt like I blinked and July was gone. It doesn’t help that we had so much rain in May and June, making it feel like a shortened summer already. However,… Read More

Cirque Meadow

Backpack: Cirque Meadow

By On August 3, 2015

Over the last two summers I’ve written about different camping styles to help readers find their favorite summer hangouts in our nearby mountains. There’s the Best Campgrounds in Poudre Canyon Guide, and How… Read More

44 Magnum Revolver
Baker Draw Shooting Area

Learn: Recreational Target Shooting Balance in Northern Colorado

By On July 15, 2015

If there’s one thing you can count on American’s arguing over, it’s gun rights. One side of us will fight about our right to keep and bear arms, and how they’ll be… Read More

Adventure Guides

How To Go Dispersed Camping in Northern Colorado

By On June 29, 2015

Last summer when I took over Fresh Air Fort Collins I got right on top of the Best Campgrounds in Poudre Canyon guide. It has been a wildly popular post and has… Read More

Big South Trail
Big South

Hike: Big South Trail

By On June 23, 2015

I would often drive by the Big South trailhead in upper Poudre Canyon and think to myself, “I will hike that trail this summer.” But, for some reason or another, I never… Read More


Pawnee National Grassland: Bird is the Word

By On June 4, 2015

In mid-March, Sam and I drove east past Pawnee National Grassland as part of an impromptu high plains day trip adventure. I vowed to come back during the May-June migration to binge… Read More

Living with Mountain Lions
Mountain Lions

Facing the Fear of Mountain Lions

By On May 29, 2015

It all started out of fear. At first I would be paranoid about bears while on my solo hikes. Sure, I carry bear spray, and I know that black bears around here… Read More

Cascade Quick Lock Carbon Fiber Trekking Pole
Gear Reviews

Tested: Cascade Mountain Tech Trekking Poles

By On May 22, 2015

This is a tale of why you never say never. Or judge people for the gear they use, because one day you could find yourself using the very same thing and loving… Read More

Coyote Ridge Hogbacks
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Explore: Coyote Ridge Natural Area

By On May 5, 2015

A photo posted by Kristin Mastre (@freshairfortcollins) on Apr 10, 2015 at 9:44pm PDT   Fort Collins has a lot going for it in the way of outdoor recreation. Not only do… Read More

Orivs 101
Fly Fishing

Learn: Orvis Fly Fishing 101 Class

By On April 28, 2015

“Here. This is how you tie the fly onto the tippet. Be sure to lick your knots! Always lick your knots. Cast at 10 and 2 and don’t use your wrist. Make… Read More