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Cheyeanne Canyon Rock Climbing

By On July 11, 2014

The climbing best known in Colorado Springs is in the Garden of the Gods park, where the sandstone is crumbly and you get to climb while gobs of open-mouth tourists point and… Read More

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10 Best Parks and Open Spaces in Fort Collins

By On January 8, 2014

I don’t know how it has escaped me for so long- a top 10 list of local parks. But today the indecision ends! Today you get the top 10 places for exploring… Read More

Boulder Canyon, CO

The Worst Thing About Sport Climbing Might Also be the Best Thing About Sport Climbing

By On November 6, 2013

Of all the types of climbing, sport climbing is, well, the kind of climbing that you don’t have to be particularly skilled or knowledgeable to do. And is generally considered the safest.… Read More

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Shut Up And Play The Movie: or, how I felt about Reel Rock 8 Fort Collins

By On October 25, 2013

At their best, outdoor film events inspire and engage. At their worst, and more and more often, I am noticing, they are nothing more than an obnoxious rigamarole of sponsor plugs and… Read More

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Best Colorado Fall Climbing: Shelf Road

By On October 18, 2013

Yes. Shelf Road is actually a road. It goes from Canon City to Cripple Creek. And there happens to be a lot of climbing to do out there. Sport climbing, mostly, but… Read More

Castle Rock

Quote of the Week: Thoughts and Trips for Fall

By On October 16, 2013

“Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower”                                                                                                                                        -Albert Camus We’re nearing the end of Fall. Those who have lived in Colorado long enough know that any minute… Read More


So Now Where Do We Play Part II: The Government Shutdown

By On October 2, 2013

It seems that September was the month without national parks, first with the flooding and now with this government shutdown nonsense. I think we all can agree that natural disasters suck and… Read More

The Bookmark. It's that weird little thing on the top.
Best of Day Trips

Climbing Lumpy Ridge: Rolling Melvin’s Wheel Up The Bookmark

By On July 11, 2013

The 37th Cog in Melvin’s Wheel, or more commonly referred to as simply Melvin’s Wheel, is the route we took up to the bookmark. 5 pitches (that you can make into 3… Read More


The Cure for the Common Slide Show: Track Suits, Syncronized Dance, Drunken Debauchery, and Also Some Pictures of Patagonia

By On June 11, 2013

This is not your typical slideshow poster. It’s a series of non-sequitur images vaguely indicating that something climbing related will happen at the event. Yet it still manages to advertize a good… Read More


What Makes a Great Trail Review?

By On May 9, 2013

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, gang. About trail reviews. I know they’re helpful and all. And I really do like writing about my favorite trails. But so many trail reviews… Read More


New Local Guidebook: Lory State Park Climbing

By On April 2, 2013

So maybe this is only news to me, but there is (sort of) a new Lory State Park climbing guidebook (which has still not re-opened due to the Galena fire). While the… Read More

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Climbing the Colorado National Monument: A Tower, a Towering T-Rex, and an Even More Intimidating Tower of Mexican Food

By On March 21, 2013

I have an awesome weekend trip lined up for you with this post! Let the Spring and Summer adventures begin! On to the Colorado National Monument for tower climbing! It has a… Read More


The Lost Art of Trying

By On January 31, 2013

It’s not that I’m slacking off. I just wanted you to have more freshiness to your Fresh Air experience. So here is a post from a lovely lady named Shay who has… Read More


Tuesday Picture Post: Winter Palace Climbing

By On January 22, 2013

I could hardly believe it got warm enough for climbing this weekend,but there’s front range winters for you. We chased the sunlight around for a couple hours, starting on the Poudre face… Read More

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Adventures in Ice Climbing

By On January 10, 2013

As you know, the 8th annual Ouray Ice Festival is this weekend and the Ouray Ice Park is going to be packed with something like 3,000 people either competing or watching some… Read More


The Screaming Barfies, and What That Phrase has to do with the Ouray Ice Festival

By On January 8, 2013

So as some of you may know I spend the week of Christmas in Ouray ice climbing for the first time. And while the full post on that will be Thursday, I… Read More