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5 Valentines Day Hikes to Take With Your Sweetheart & Making it Special

February 13th, 2024

Looking to earn some points with your main squeeze for thoughtfulness and originality? Take your valentine on a hike this long weekend and make it special with these trips and tips. Snowshoeing Hikes 1. Hessie Trailhead: From the Hessie trailhead you can walk a short ways in to a waterfall or make it a 3 mile round trip to Lost Lake. Snowshoeing can be very tiring compared to regular hiking or walking, so be very considerate of your Sweetheart’s energy levels. However it is a great way to see nature during the winter season. 2. Rocky Mountain National Park: The park might be a popular stop... Read More

Super Bowl Sunday Sunrise Surprises!

February 11th, 2024

  Happy Super Boulder Super Bowl Sunday!  We will witness Apex Predators at work pitching product at a million dollars a nanosecond. There’s a pretty good football game in between. <VBG> Lensworth  Read More

Looking Back: CU’s Controversial Buffalo Pool is Officially Open

January 30th, 2024

As a student, I was witness to the Buffalo Pool’s construction over the course of my most recent semester. I stood on the other side of the surrounding chain link fence, hoping that I would one day get to jump into this mystical animal-shaped pool, which was nothing but a mess of dirt and construction equipment when I first saw it. Well, that day has come, and I have finally gotten to see the finalized pool. It’s pretty freakin’ neat. The pool looks fantastic and the many months of construction have clearly paid off. However, it’s no secret that this pool has been the spark... Read More

Boulder Trail Review: First and Second Flatirons

January 28th, 2024

Boulder is famous for the majestic sandstone flatirons jutting from the mountainside above the town. Most people probably know that you can hike these soaring monoliths. The first and second flatiron trail is one of the most popular in Boulder County, climbing 2.7 miles through rocky debris and pine forests to sit among the boulders for which the city is named. Our Ratings: Crowd: 2/5. This is a very busy trail. On fair days and weekends you’ll be following a steady stream of other hikers up and down the mountain. Even at sunrise and during the winter the trail is well populated. If you’re... Read More

Boulder’s Own BUFFS Univ. Named First! of Top Ten Outdoor-Loving Schools!

January 9th, 2024

    Recognized As Tops by Outdoors.com, University of Colorado Students Have A Special Love for The Outdoors The enchanting city of Boulder, Colorado, cradled at the foot of the majestic Flatirons, has long been a sanctuary for those who seek the great outdoors. It comes as no surprise that Outdoors.com has recognized this gem of nature and academia by naming Boulder the number one university for outside lovers in their top     The University of Colorado, Boulder, doesn’t just sit in nature—it’s a part of it. The campus itself is a vibrant tapestry of... Read More

A Wilderness Lover’s New Years Resolutions

January 1st, 2024

We all like to make resolutions after a new year. It’s a time to start anew; a beginning to a newer and better you. At least, that’s what I read in a motivational book somewhere. In reality, it’s pretty hard to follow every new years resolution you make. Regardless, it’s a good way of organizing a set of goals to achieve in the new year, which is why I’ve prepared a list of new years resolutions for wilderness adventurers. Learn How to Cross Country Ski Cross country skiing is both great exercise and a great way to see the great outdoors during the snowy season.... Read More

Boulder Skyline Traverse!

December 22nd, 2023

Boulder, CO, often known as the Boulder Bubble, is a magical place. It is a place where hipsters, bros, and outdoor enthusiasts gather. There are likely just as many yoga studios as there are dispensaries, hiking trails often appear in the middle of neighborhoods, and you can witness people biking to work in the middle of a snowstorm. The ambiance is so strong it is almost visible, and what better way to view the Bubble than from five separate peaks that make up the Skyline Traverse. In one very long day, you can summit Mount Sanitas, Flagstaff Mountain, Green Mountain, Bear Peak, and South Boulder... Read More

In Search of Perpetual Psych

November 23rd, 2023

I stood on a small slanted ledge about two hundred feet above Eldorado Canyon, craning my neck, staring upwards, trying to catch a glimpse of my climbing partner, who had ventured into the third pitch of the classic Bastille Crack. As I stood there anchored into the wall, a number 12 stopper slipped from its carabineer somewhere above and fell, clipping the corner of my helmet as it bounced to the base of the climb. About 30 seconds later I heard my partner’s voice echo against the canyon walls, it was a voice diffused by thousands of pounds of granite, but still saturated with frustration. I... Read More

Biking in Boulder: Choosing the Best Bike Path

November 9th, 2023
Boulder Creek Path

Boulder is known as one of America’s best bike-friendly cities, and with good reason. There are tons of paths for both road cycling as well as mountain biking, so there’s really something for everyone in Boulder. It can be hard to choose a good path, however, due to the sheer amount of options available. Luckily, in this particular blog post, I’ll point out a few of Boulder’s best bike routes. Boulder Creek Path Boulder Creek Path is one of Boulder’s most well-known walking and biking areas. Its 5.5 miles of beautiful scenery make it a very aesthetic ride, and its... Read More

Exciting Climbing Spots in Boulder

November 5th, 2023

Living in Boulder has countless benefits. There is a coffee shop, trail run, or climbing gym on every corner, but most importantly, the Front Range is littered with boulders and sport crags. If you’ve only got an afternoon to spend climbing, there are a handful of spots within a fifteen-minute drive or short hike. The list here is certainly not exhaustive, but these three locations have some great rock and quality lines. Flagstaff Flagstaff is an epicenter for bouldering. Some love it, some hate it, but if you are looking for roadside boulders, this is the place to go. The rough granite at... Read More

The Best Parks Around Boulder

October 25th, 2023

Do you enjoy watching clouds? Do you like reading books in pretty areas? Do you want to become king of the playground? Does your pet need a new place to frolic? Do you need a new place to frolic? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re probably in need of a park. Luckily, Boulder has a lot of fantastic parks. Here are a few of my favorites: Scott Carpenter Park Scott Carpenter Park has everything a person could ever want. It has a huge open field, an excellent skatepark, an outdoor swimming pool, and a jungle gym with a space ship. That’s right,... Read More

Fishing in Fall: Boulder Creek

October 7th, 2023

Each day, the stars come out a little bit earlier, there is a slight chill in the mornings, and the leaves appear a little yellower than they did last week. This means that tubing Boulder Creek is coming to an end and that unfinished alpine climbs may need to wait until next summer. However, as fall approaches, new opportunities arise and that slight chill starts to feel pretty good as you run, bike, or fish the Front Range. Over the next couple of weeks, the water levels along the Front Range will start to fall, yet there is plenty of time left for an amazing fishing season in Boulder. Rivers... Read More

6 Fall Hikes Around Boulder to See Aspen

September 12th, 2023

I’d expect lots of warm days in Boulder to come, but in the mountains, it is really starting to feel like fall. Once the aspen trees start to turn its a narrow window of time to see the mountains shrouded in gold.  There’s several places a quick drive from Boulder to go check out the leaves. Many people simply drive around and then turn back. But not you! Use this list to do some serious leaf peeping around Boulder. Hessie Trailhead, Eldora, CO  This trailhead into the Indian Peaks Wilderness is super popular on weekends. It is an easy hike to wander around up to a waterfall on... Read More

Take a Hike at Bear Canyon in Boulder!

September 10th, 2023

Bear Canyon, in south west Boulder begins at a trailhead nestled in a neighborhood. Bear Canyon Trailhead is grouped together with the NCAR trailhead and a couple other access points.  The hike begins with several different wide trails that area residents like to run, take their young children to, or walk their dog as there is not too much of a grade and no difficult obstacles. The views include rolling grassy and shrub covered hills, the Flatirons, and a lush riparian corridor. Bear Canyon trail follows the Bear Canyon Creek and intersects with the Mesa Trail and then ends at the junction of... Read More

Why You Should Shop at Farmer’s Markets

July 16th, 2023

Farmer’s Market season! If you’ve never shopped at a farmer’s market before, you may not be as excited as I am. Luckily for you, I’m here to tell you why you should be! Get Seasonal The food you buy at farmer’s markets is fresh and local, so the selection changes based on what is ready to harvest. This is a great excuse to try new recipes and eat like our ancestors did. Variation is good for your body and keeps cooking exciting! Support Your Community Farmer’s markets specifically focus on showcasing local farmers and producers, so you know that anything you... Read More

6 Best Places to Take Your Summer Vacation in Europe

July 15th, 2023

Europe has a brilliant mix of vibrant destinations, with mesmerizing views, rich culture and world-class coastlines that make it a great choice for summer vacations. There are so many wonderful destinations to choose from in Europe to suit your interests, from the adventurous types to sun seekers; those wanting the soak up the culture and history, and people looking for energetic nightlife. These are six of the best places for a summer break if you’re planning a getaway to Europe.   Santorini Santorini is one of the most breath-taking locations in the world. Once a volcanic island, it’s... Read More

The Spirit of Adventure

July 8th, 2023

The desire to adventure, to see the world, to meet the people who reside on far away landscapes, is something that lives in all of us. It is an inherent, instinctual drive that pushes us out of our comfort zone; it is the force that carries us up mountains, the force that wakes you up for sunrises, and keeps you awake for distant sunsets. Adventure is in the face of every climber, of every hiker, or kayaker, or mountain biker. Regardless of the medium, the spirit of adventure lives in all of us, it is founded in a passion for exploration, of both the natural world, and of ourselves. This passion... Read More

Splash into Summer Fun: Tubing Adventure in Boulder Creek

July 4th, 2023

Tube Locations: Boulder Creek: Start at Eben G. Fine Park and follow the creek all the way to 55th Street. Just don’t expect a gentle float — this ride includes rapids and chutes! For a more convenient trip, board at 6th Street or a few blocks east of the Boulder Public Library. Regardless of where you put in, a helmet, life jacket, and water shoes are required.  Read More

Adventuring Solo

July 1st, 2023

Until recently, I have always sought the safety of traveling as a group. I rarely hiked alone, rarely drove anywhere over two hours away without a buddy, and would end up sitting at home if no friends had the day off. I love adventuring with others, there is nothing like sharing a sunset with close friends, but there is something to be said for finding a quiet moment to enjoy a sunset without the weight of another conscious. A wild goose chase for a missing climbing shoe sent me on a two-hour drive to Guanella Pass near Georgetown, CO, no friends felt like driving back to where we had climbed... Read More

Top 5 waterfall hikes close to Boulder

June 29th, 2023

As the weather gets warmer, the time is now to hit the trails and see some beautiful natural wonders. Lucky for you, there are plenty within an hour or two of Boulder that will make the trip totally worth it. 1. Eldorado Falls For a lovely hike close to home, head to Walker Ranch and the Ethel Harrod Trailhead. Take a nice moderate 1.25-mile hike down about 500 feet through pine forests until you hear the rushing water of the South Boulder Creek hitting the rocks. These cascades are beautiful year-round, and you can bring your pup to frolic in the water after a warm hike. 2. Maxwell Falls This... Read More