Stretching Your Dollar In The Rockies

Stretching Your Dollar in the Rockies for the Adventurous Traveler

Colorado is home to some of the most breathtaking nature in North America, and people are flocking to it. Rocky Mountain National Park hosted over 4.4 million visitors last year alone, the second highest total in its history. But beyond the public land, there are endless amounts of activities one can do it the vast Colorado wilderness. The main challenge for adventurous travelers is finding a way to fund an extended stay in the mountains. Luckily, there are more ways than ever before to make enough money, and have the freedom to travel through one of nature’s most gorgeous regions.

Go Green and Save Green

One of the most popular methods for travelers to make money is to find work online. Just a few short years ago, there was hardly enough work on the web to sustain a career. But today, entrepreneurs can find ways to make money online in just about any field. Having a virtual job allows you to work from home, or remotely – and you save money and the environment by not having to commute to an office every day. For skeptics who have not fully embraced the concept of online work, there are countless ways to make a good salary from home, and larger and more legitimate companies have embraced this new way of doing business. Time will only prove just how popular remote working will be in the near future.

What to Spend the Green On

Once you get to Colorado, you will find that it can be easy to blow through all that money on the endless options of fun activities. It’s important to do some research into the possibilities and hone in on the ones that intrigue you the most. The vast amount of public land attracts all types of conservationists and nature lovers alike. For the outdoorsmen and women, hunting and fishing licenses are available for a small fee. Just be aware of the laws and safety guidelines before trekking out into the wild. For the adrenaline junkie, Colorado is home to a number of rivers perfect for white water rafting. Spending your cash in Colorado will be worth it the moment you step into its magical expanse of nature.

The more time you spend in Colorado, the more you will fall in love with what it has to offer. Any nature lover, outdoors fanatic, or adventurer will not regret the time and money they spend there. Ensuring that you have the budget to continue to enjoy Colorado will be easy with the proper planning and knowing where to spend it.

Written By: Jocelyn Brown

December 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

How To Prepare For A Long Hike

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How To Prepare For A Long Hike

Hiking continues to be one of America’s favorite pastimes as statistics show that 47.2 million people went hiking or backpacking in 2017. If you’ve ever wanted to go on a long hike, then look no further than Colorado. It’s where you can find breath-taking vistas, spot incredible wildlife, and some of the best hiking and backpacking trails in North America. If you’re planning to go on a long hiking trip, then you need to be adequately prepared in order to stay safe and comfortable. While the risk of being injured while visiting a national park is very low, the right planning and preparation can make your hiking trip more pleasant and hassle-free. Here’s how to fully prepare for a long hike.

Do some physical training

Going on a long hike can take a toll on your body, so you need to build up your endurance and work on your strength at least a few weeks before your hiking trip. Start working out at least two months before your trip. On the first three weeks focus on building strength, then on the next three weeks, you can work on your endurance by jogging or going on short hikes. In the last few weeks, continue your endurance workouts and add high-intensity exercises to your routine.

Do some research on the trail

There’s a lot of information about there about the best hiking trails in the country, but it’s likely that you won’t get all the answers that you need from reading a guidebook. You can get in touch with the local hiking club to get more info. You should also check the weather before scheduling your hiking trip as being outdoors in extreme weather can be dangerous, especially if this is your first time to go on a long hike.

Gear up

For a long hike or day hike, you need to carry the right gear and know how to use it properly. You will need a multi-purpose tool or Swiss army knife, a map, compass, some food and water, sunblock, insect repellent, a headlamp, extra clothing and rain gear, a whistle, a first aid kit, matches, and a lighter. You can also carry a GPS and a communication device for added safety. Store all of your items in a lightweight yet durable backpack and make sure that your things are well protected in case of sudden downpours.

Let your friends and family know where you’re going

It is extremely important to let your loved ones know where you’ll be heading. Leave a copy of your hiking trip plan with a responsible person who’ll call for assistance just in case you get lost or don’t return in time. Your hiking trip plan should include your hiking route, the name and numbers of your companions, and who to contact for assistance. Sign in and out of trail registers so that rescue parties can easily search for you if you do get lost while hiking.

Being well prepared for a trip out in the wilderness can make your outdoor expedition better and more enjoyable. Follow these tips to stay safe on your hiking trip, and don’t forget to have fun while you’re out in nature.

Written By: Jocelyn Brown

January 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Getting Ready For a Major Biking Expedition

For you, riding a bike is not just a fun way to spend a Colorado afternoon. It’s many things: great exercise, a better alternative to using a car, even part of your lifestyle. For some time now, you’ve been thinking about stepping up to a major biking expedition.

But are you ready for the challenge? This isn’t just a question of spending more time on the bike. You need to make sure your body, mind, and gear are ready for the long ride. You also have to be careful about traffic. To start, focus on some training.

Training Your Body & Mind

When you prepare for a major biking expedition in Colorado or elsewhere, there are two areas you need to focus on: endurance and muscle strength. You’ll need to work on this for months beforehand.

To build up your endurance, you need cardio training. That means riding long runs on your bike as well as cross-training with jogging, swimming, or rowing. The key is to get your heart pumping so your body gets better at taking in oxygen and using energy efficiently.

You will also need to build your muscle strength. Riding your bike is a great way to improve leg strength, but you also have to work on the muscles in your arms and core. Squats, rowing, and planks are all great exercises for this.

Just remember that you will probably be riding with some gear or even a backpack. As the Adventure Cycling Association explains, you should train by riding with the same weight as you’ll have on your biking expedition. This way, your body and mind will be ready to carry that weight.

Gear To Help Stay Safe

As you train to increase your endurance and muscle strength, you’ll also need to check out your gear and bike. After all, you’re not taking a stroll in a Denver mall.

REI.com has a great page listing essential gear for your Colorado biking expedition, including:

  • A bike helmet that fits properly.
  • Water (in a bottle that fits a cage) and snacks to keep up your physical health.
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses, even if the day is overcast.
  • A patch kit, pump, and spare tubes.
  • A multi-tool with Allen wrenches and a tire lever.

When it comes to your bike, make sure you get it tuned and checked before your expedition. This includes checking that your tires are pumped, brakes work properly, and the chain is well-lubed. Some of this you can do yourself, but consider taking your bike to a reputable shop, especially if you haven’t done so in a while.

Pitfalls & Dangers To Avoid

Getting ready for a major biking expedition means more than training and gear. Unless your route will only be in nature, You also have to worry about drivers.

Last year, deaths resulting from car accidents in Colorado jumped nearly 11 percent from 2015, making it the deadliest year on Colorado roads since 2005. Some 605 people were killed, including pedestrians and bicyclists. One reason for this increase is driving while intoxicated, either from alcohol or marijuana. Make sure you signal clearly while on the road and keep an eye out for cars.

Go Enjoy Your Ride Safely

Moving from casual riding to a major bike expedition is a great step to take, but you need to be careful about it. Months ahead of time, start with cardio and strength training. Make sure your bike is in a good condition, and be careful on the roads when cars are around. This way, you can make sure you can keep taking these rides for a long time to come.

Written By: Travis White

October 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Ways To Keep Your Workout Fun When You Have A Disability

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Daily exercise is great for both the mind and body, but if you stick to the same routine every time, it can become boring, which may make you want to give it up. If you have a disability, your routine may be more limited, which can make it trickier to find new, safe ways of working out.

Fortunately, there are several ways you can get in a workout and make it fun; all it takes is a bit of planning and some creativity. Consult your doctor before beginning any new regimen to make sure it’s for you, then use these tips to start a routine that will keep your energy level up and help you feel better all the way around.

Get a friend involved

Workouts are much more fun when you’re not alone, so ask a friend (or a few friends) to start a little exercise group that meets a couple of times a week. You could go to a local park to walk the trails or check out the local YMCA to see what activities they offer. On the days the group doesn’t meet, you’ll have a support system to call upon should you start to feel unmotivated.


Swimming is a great exercise for most people with a disability, because it allows you to have a full range of motion. It’s also a relaxing pastime that can help you overcome stress and anxiety, and it’s something you can do in a group or alone, in the winter (if you have access to an indoor pool) or in the summer.


Yoga is a wonderful way to get in a workout that, like swimming, helps with stress and anxiety. There are different difficulty levels, meaning just about anyone can do it, and it helps strengthen your entire body. It’s also a great way to practice meditation and mindful thinking, which focuses on the present rather than worrying about the past or future.

Strength training

Strength training uses weights to work various muscle groups and can be done at a gym or in the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to use expensive weights, either; you can simply use what you have on hand, such as soup cans. Start small and build your way up.

Get involved in a sport

If you’ve always wanted to play a sport, you may be able to try it out no matter what your disability may be. Talk to your doctor about finding a way to play basketball or tennis, or consider finding a sport rooted in the outdoors, such as canoeing.

Adopt a dog

If you’ve always wanted a pet, consider adopting a service dog. They can be great motivators when it’s time to exercise, and can make the process more fun, especially if you have a local dog park near where you live.

The same old workouts can get boring regardless of whether or not you have a disability. The key is to change things up so that you remain invested in taking care of yourself. If you lose interest in how you’re getting, or staying, fit, chances are your fitness will wane as your workouts fall by the wayside.

Written By: Travis White

Colorado: The Ideal Place For The Senior Adventurer

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In 2015, a record 77.7 million people visited Colorado. Considering its stunning natural beauty and the activities on offer, this will come as no surprise. Visitors and locals are drawn by the chance to explore and let off steam in the great outdoors – and they really are spoilt for choice. Yet, Colorado is not restricted to the young. There is an abundance of sports and activities available to suit all ages and interests, so you certainly won’t be stuck for things to do.

Preparing for your trip

Depending on your current fitness levels and aspirations for exploring the outdoors, it might be worth considering getting into shape by lifting weights, doing cardio or swimming in preparation for your trip; this will boost your strength, stamina and overall confidence and ensure you make the most of your time in Colorado.

Sports and adventure for the young at heart

Colorado is well known for its fantastic snow peaks in the winter months, with skiers and snowboarders taking to the slopes in their thousands. There are countless other outdoor ventures to be enjoyed away from the snow too though, and here are just a few:

Let yourself loose in Avon

Dubbed “The Heart of the Valley”, Avon is home to 6,500 all-year residents and 3,500 visitors. It is a particularly popular choice for senior citizens due to its friendly community and the range of activities on offer. Water lovers can paddle on The Eagle Valley River, while for hikers and bikers there are several trails with beautiful surroundings and various wildlife on show.

Go for a hike in Crested Butte

Referred to as the wildflower capital of Colorado due to the jaw-dropping array of wildflowers that emerge in the summer, Crested Butte offers arguably the most breathtaking plant life in the state. The different trails available cater for all levels of experience and fitness, making Crested Butte a great choice that can be enjoyed by individuals and mixed ability groups alike.

Take to the air in Steamboat Springs

Set in the north of Colorado in Tampa Valley, Steamboat Springs is a popular destination for snow lovers and nature enthusiasts, with fabulous ski slopes, waterfalls and trails. The views are simply spell-binding, and what better way to take them all in than from way up high in a hot air balloon? Exhilarating and idyllic, the experience is guaranteed to take your breath away.

Go rafting on the Arkansas River:

With its sharp descents and fast-flowing rapids, this is not for the faint-hearted or inexperienced swimmers. But for the ultimate thrill seeker and the physically strong, this is definitely not to be missed.


Whatever time of year you decide to go to Colorado, you’re sure to have the adventure of a lifetime!

Written By; Jocelyn Brown

4 Key Elements To Get Ready For Your Extreme Sport


We don’t choose extreme sports, they choose us. That’s my husband’s saying anyway. For me, it’s more like we can choose what we enjoy, but we cannot choose our bodies. Regardless, whether we want to compete or just do it for fun, we need to work on our bodies to get them optimal for a good time be it on the piste, off-piste, running over mountains, or biking through the wilderness. Here in Colorado we’re blessed with some fantastic landscapes, but they will challenge us and we need to be ready.


The 4 Key Areas

Most extreme sports are seasonal in Colorado. Skiing and snowboarding in the winter and biking in the summer. However, your fitness needs to be year round – even through Thanksgiving and Christmas. Therefore, you need to consider these 4 key areas:


  1. Endurance and Stamina: How much can you do and how long for? This is your running, hiking, and your cycling. You need to be able to maintain energy levels across different landscapes and climates.
  2. Flexibility: You can work these into programs or spend the whole day on them, but work on gluteus maximus exercises, stability, flexing, and impact practice. Before you run, you need to know how to fall.
  3. Dynamic Movement: When moving fast through complex landscapes, you need to be able to move and adapt fast. For example to weave through trees, cope with bumps, and ride up and down slopes or move from climbing to jumping, to bouncing from rock to rock, or even swimming.
  4. Strength: The best way to create and maintain power is through strength training and the creation of lean muscle mass.


Keeping Track of Your Progress

There are several ways of keeping track of your progress. For some, it’s a gut feeling based on how your body feels before, during, and after a training session or while out doing the sport of their choice. For others, it’s all about competition performance. Finally, many others want actual metrics they can check. This means their weight each morning, muscle mass, speed, times, weights lifted and so on. However, the key to metrics and to technology which tracks it, is that these are not the be all and end all of anything. All the devices in the world will not make a person healthier or fitter. What is more important than smart tech is the right attitude.


Always Put Yourself First

When it comes to sports and getting fit, we’ve got to listen to our bodies. No matter how extreme or totally not extreme in any way or form, our exercise is, we should not put undue strain on ourselves. First, know your limits at your starting point. Know what’s ok for your body to do and not do. Then set realistic goals and look for slow, incremental progress. Your body will be the better for it. Also realize that we cannot all be extreme sports stars, but we can all make the best of what nature’s given us.

Written By: Jocelyn Brown

Ice and Snow Activities in Summit County

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“There’s so much snow in Summit County that they can’t even deliver the mail”. During the beginning of the year, Summit County received more than eight feet of snow, causing problems with mail delivery and other services. However, the residents aren’t complaining. These cold and snowy winters on the mountain are exactly why many people moved to the county. People here come for the winters and stay for the summers. If you’re ever bored here, you’re simply not getting out. So here are some ways to enjoy your winters in Summit County beyond the traditional skiing and snowboarding activities.

Ice Fishing: Summit County is home to over 140 lakes, rivers, and fishing spots. This make it a dream for fisherman, particularly those that want to enjoy some ice fishing.  Lake, rainbow, and brown trout are the main fish you will be fishing for, and can be caught from 10 feet to 50+ feet of water. If you’re looking for some good game, head out to Lake Dillon, Blue River, Colorado River, Gore Creek, Antero Reservoir, Williams Fork Reservoir, or Granby, which are all popular sites with great fishing reports and a good ice cap. Per fishing reports, good choices for bait include white and pink small tube jigs in the 1 to 2-inch class and use one rod for lake trout and another for rainbows and brown. Be sure you are up-to-date regarding the fishing regulations in the region. In Colorado, the state-wide daily bag limit is four for trout and the possession limit is eight. Also, be careful on the ice, wear warm clothes, and keep dry.

Ice Climbing: Ice climbing adds a whole new edgy element to the already adventurous activity of rock climbing. Ice climbers in Summit County can climb mountain sides, cliffs and rock slabs, and even frozen waterfalls during the winters. One of the most popular sites for ice climbing is in Leadville. This area provides an easier climb called Chalk Creek which is a great starter for beginners. For the more experienced, north of Leadville houses a frozen waterfall located on Forest Service land. It is 40 feet of vertical ice, that provides all elements of a challenging climb. When ice climbing be sure to check all your equipment multiple times, and be aware of the ice and snow conditions. If it’s too cold, dinner plate-sized ice chunks can shatter off and if it’s too warm, refrigerator-sized chunks can crash down on you from above.

Snowshoeing: Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the wonders of Summit County and get in touch with your survivalist side. Some areas for great views and dedicated snowshoe trails include Frisco Nordic Center, Breckenridge Nordic Center, and Gold Run Nordic Center. Each of these centers has at least 12 kilometers of trails dedicated for snowshoe trekking. At Frisco Nordic Center, you can catch some great views of Lake Dillon while getting away from the city. Breckenridge combines wooden and open areas and you get a scenic route around the Breckenridge and surrounding mountain ranges. Gold Run provides access to back country trails, where you can really get in touch with your adventurous and rugged side. Before you head out on your adventure, make sure you have the proper equipment and know what to do in the case of an emergency.

Article By: Jocelyn Brown

Colorado Outdoor Activities

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Summoning Your Inner Beast with Outdoor Activities in Colorado

Colorado is the highest state in the US with the average height above sea level being 6,800 ft. The state is renowned for its rivers, mountains, and trails. Outdoor sports and activities are more often than not only limited by your endurance and imagination. With over 54 high mountains, Colorado is as formidable as they come. Read on for three of the best ways to challenge the adversity of the Colorado outdoors.

Climbing to Quandry Peak

At 14,000 ft, Quandry Peak is part of the 54 fourteeners in Colorado. Ascending to the peak is not a technically hard climb. The elevation allows for climbers to simply walk up to the peak. The challenge with Quandry Peak is the duration of the walk. It takes heart and good physical shape to get to the top and back. Fortunately, with the climb requiring no ropes and other technical equipment, climbers can come in groups and even bring their pets along. It also worth remembering that should you get into difficulties there are rescue services readily available including mountain rescue dog services, air ambulance and the regular emergency services. While it may not be the most enjoyable thing to think about, preparing for the worst is essential when enjoying adventurous outdoor pursuits.

Fishing in the Taylor River

Taylor River has some of the biggest trough fish in America. There is a specific quarter-mile part of the river where fishers catch the biggest trout, appropriately named the Hog Trough. If you choose to fish here, be prepared to compete with other trophy hunters because the section is quite popular.

Hiking in Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde National Park has some of the best preserved Puebolan architectural features. For this reason, the park appeals to those bitten by wanderlust and those intrigued by history and archeology. The park is extensive and hiking to see all the attractions is demanding, physically. There are over 5,000 archeological sites, with 600 of those being cliff homes where the Pueblo people used to live. You will not see all the sites in one day. The aim is to visit as many as you can. The Mesa Verde park doesn’t allow pets such as dogs to freely hike with their owners. If you bring your dog, make sure he or she can handle the endurance of the long hike. Bringing a dog will tire you out because you have to keep him or her leashed as per the rules.

There are many other outdoor activities that you can engage in when in Colorado. An example rafting in the Arkansas river and cross country biking in Fruita. Whatever you chose to do, Colorado will challenge you and force you to the edges of your endurance. But then again, isn’t that why people go to the outdoors?

Published By: Jocelyn Brown