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POWDER DAY ON SPLITBOARDS AT MONARCH

POWDER DAY ON SPLITBOARDS AT MONARCH

4:00am - Alarm goes off.  Get dressed, grab breakfast, and load the Jeep. 4:30am - Hit the road for Monarch. 6:30am - Slip up Monarch Pass (Hwy 50) right before they close the road for…

NO LIFT TICKET REQUIRED. EVER. #1

NO LIFT TICKET REQUIRED. EVER. #1

Why do we do this? Why do we go to such great lengths to snap ourselves to equipment that helps us to creep our way up a grade that produces access to such a different…

NO LIFT TICKET REQUIRED. EVER. #2

NO LIFT TICKET REQUIRED. EVER. #2

So, we’ve discussed the WHY. Now, let’s talk a bit about the HOW.  There are some intriguing ways to segue into the human powered world of skiing while reducing the risks you might take by…

NO LIFT TICKET REQUIRED. EVER. #3

NO LIFT TICKET REQUIRED. EVER. #3

We started this series of articles with the WHY - what motivations get us outside touring in the backcountry. Then, we discussed the HOW - where to reach for the smarts needed to travel as safely as possible…

THE BASICS OF SLEEPING PADS

THE BASICS OF SLEEPING PADS

Sleeping pads are like the hiking boot of your backcountry sleep system. Like a boot, the sleeping pad serves as your main connection to terra firma. Good choices can improve your backcountry experience when you…

6/10 FIRE

6/10 FIRE

Since the time of the Caveman, Fire has been essential to our survival. Fire has encouraged the improvement of our diet. It provides light and warmth, protects us from wild animals, welcomes others into its…

10/10 EMERGENCY SHELTER

10/10 EMERGENCY SHELTER

Emergency Shelter was not on the original Ten Essentials list. It has been added to the “Systems Approach” revision. It probably came onto the list due to the recognition that if there is an emergency…

8/10 NUTRITION

8/10 NUTRITION

Most hikers will not go anywhere without an extra energy source in their pack. This usually comes in the form of something easy to carry and quick acting. Some of these products suggest that they…

7/10 REPAIR KIT AND TOOLS

7/10 REPAIR KIT AND TOOLS

Of course, you will have inspected and replaced any worn equipment before departing on a great adventure. But remember Murphy’s Law and be prepared. There are very few things as frustrating as having spent hours…

5/10 FIRST AID SUPPLIES

5/10 FIRST AID SUPPLIES

Venturing out into the wilderness by yourself is full of potential disaster and false assumptions: “Oh, I’m just going up the incline; Oh, I’ll be all right; Oh, I’m not going to get hurt”. Just…

3/10 INSULATION

3/10 INSULATION

It is gratifying to stand out in the sunlight on a cool or cold day and feel the warmth. Even if it is not raising your body temperature, you feel warmer. Unfortunately, the corollary is…

9/10 HYDRATION

9/10 HYDRATION

Water is the elixir of life. In fact, water may be the place where life began. There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that we cannot live without it. You can live for weeks…

CONCLUSION

CONCLUSION

The Ten Essentials are not exhaustive. They were formulated by experts in wilderness travel. But they may not be all the essentials you should carry in your pack. You need to consider what is essential…

4/10 ILLUMINATION

4/10 ILLUMINATION

Nothing is so gratifying as helping people see the light. It is important to see and be seen in the wilderness. The access to light can mean recovery from underestimating the length or difficulty of…

INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

Colorado is blessed by a multitude of natural wonders. It is frequently this draw that encourages us to take to the mountains and valleys to see these wonders. Unfortunately, and sometimes tragically, we forget that…

2/10 SUN PROTECTION

2/10 SUN PROTECTION

The bronzed, Adonis look should no longer be admired or emulated because of its association with skin cancer. Take care to protect yourself from the sun or you may have the dermatologist removing cancer cells…

1/10 NAVIGATION

1/10 NAVIGATION

It is an interesting time to be talking about navigation. Recent news articles have said that the magnetic North Pole is moving. They say it is headed for Siberia. It will undoubtedly take a long…

BACKPACKING STOVE BASICS

BACKPACKING STOVE BASICS

If you’re headed to your favorite mountains for an adventure, you’ll likely need a way to boil water, or perhaps even COOK food to keep you fueled and at your backcountry best. Picking a new…

GAINING TRACTION IN AN UNUSUAL SUMMER

GAINING TRACTION IN AN UNUSUAL SUMMER

Colorado is known for its dynamic and surprising weather patterns, and this season is no exception. Unless you’ve been under a snow-covered rock all winter, you’ve come to the same conclusion we’ve come to at…

POLE POWER: BLACK CROWS’ TRIOS FREEBIRDS

POLE POWER: BLACK CROWS' TRIOS FREEBIRDS

On a hut trip in January, I got to take Black Crows' Trios Freebird ski poles into the backcountry for the first time. Black Crows is a relatively new brand for Mountain Chalet, and one…

FREE HEELING ON THE MEIDJO

FREE HEELING ON THE MEIDJO

After three months working at Mountain Chalet, I finally asked the question: "How do you even pronounce this?" By "this" I meant the Meidjo, M Equipment's NTN telemark binding. Upon hearing the unmistakable nervous and…

BLACK CROWS IS SOMETHING ELSE

BLACK CROWS IS SOMETHING ELSE

Mountain Chalet is forever on the lookout for brands that are exciting and new to us and to our customers. Often new brands represent their strongest efforts  creating products that  appealing to the bulk of…

SALOMON AND A COSMIC SHIFT

SALOMON AND A COSMIC SHIFT

“I’m fascinated by what I’ll do tomorrow.” - Georges Salomon A Legend is Born Enticed by the growing sport of skiing, Francois and Georges Salomon transformed their family business making saw blades by attaching modified…

Forest Trail 1435: Browns Canyon National Monument

Forest Trail 1435: Browns Canyon National Monument

About Browns Canyon National Monument: On February 19, 2015, President Barack Obama declared 21,586 acres of forest, rivers, and canyons Browns Canyon National Monument. The monument is located between Salida and Buena Vista in view…

MSR TRAIL SHOT MICROFILTER

MSR TRAIL SHOT MICROFILTER

Pocket-sized. Immediate and effective. Made in the USA. I've been using the MSR Trail Shot ($49.95) while fly fishing and, I must say, it's changed the way I do things. If you often find yourself…

BEDROCK SANDALS

BEDROCK SANDALS

Bedrock Sandals were born in Northern California as a result of a Kickstarter campaign in 2011. Started by friends in an effort to design a simple, effective, and durable sandal that would free their feet…

SPRING IN THE ROCKIES

SPRING IN THE ROCKIES

What better way to enjoy the snow than to go check on some new zones in my old backyard of Salida, Colorado? I gathered a crew of Will Colemen and Lawrence Housley to go tick…

Ice Climbing In Vail’s Rigid Designator Amphitheater

Ice Climbing in Vail’s Rigid Designator Amphitheater

With the winter season in full swing in Colorado, we have several winter activities to choose from on any given day.  Skiing, snowshoeing, and ice climbing are just a few of the options we have.…

Banff Film Fest Back In Colorado Springs

Banff Film Fest Back in Colorado Springs

MARCH 7th AND 8th, 2017 at 7:00pm
LOCATION: Stargazers Theater, 10 Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80910
DESCRIPTION: The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour presented by National Geographic and The North Face; presented locally by Mountain Chalet.

Telefestivus…. Skiing For The Rest Of Us

Telefestivus…. Skiing for the rest of us

Telefestivus at Monarch Mountain
February 18, 2017 at 9am

Taking The Arc’teryx Acrux To The Crestones

Taking the Arc’teryx Acrux to the Crestones

Chaletan, Phil Wortmann, tests out the new Arc’teryx approach shoe, the Acrux FL, on the 14’ers of the Crestone range.

Topping Out

Topping Out

A look inside Edelrid

Ski Mountaineering In The San Juan Range

Ski Mountaineering in the San Juan Range

When it REALLY comes to earning your turns, it doesn’t get any better than ski mountaineering. Can you picture it? 

Sleeping Pad – I’m Putting My Foot Down On NEMO Backpacking Vector Insulated Pad

Sleeping Pad - I’m Putting My Foot Down on NEMO Backpacking Vector Insulated Pad

There’s more than one way to blow up a sleeping pad in this review of NEMO’s Vector Insulated Sleeping Pad.

Climbing Colorado: South Platte’s “Lost In Space”

Climbing Colorado: South Platte’s “Lost in Space”

Mountain Chaletan, Lawrence Housley, shares his experiences on his early season climbing Colorado's South Platte.

All Mixed [Climbing] Up! GARMONT ICON PLUS GTX

All Mixed [Climbing] Up! GARMONT ICON PLUS GTX

Chaletan Phil Wortmann discusses his time in the Garmont Icon Plus GTX. When Mountain Chalet brought in Garmont footwear to outfit a number of outdoor adventures, one of the highlights of the season came in…

Colorado Springs Rocks!

Colorado Springs Rocks!

Many people ask my wife and I  why we “became stewards” of the shop (I prefer not  to say “purchased”).  The quick answer is passion.   Passion for the outdoors, passion for gear, passion for…

Select Colorado Ski Areas’ Uphill Travel Policies

Select Colorado Ski Areas' Uphill Travel Policies

Did you know you can skin up at certain ski resorts? Take a look at the policies below.

Canyoneering In Southeast Utah

Canyoneering in Southeast Utah

When Osprey, the backpacking company, reached out to Mountain Chalet to join a small group of specialty outdoor retailers to “talk shop” on an adventure in the canyonlands of southeast Utah, no one jumped higher at the opportunity than the shortest person in the shop. Store co-owner, Elaine Smith, got to spend five days in early April exploring a beautiful part of the great American Southwest.

The Boss Talks Bindings

The Boss Talks Bindings

Jim Smith, owner of the Chalet, took time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about the latest Tech/NTN (New Telemark Norm) binding that he believes is the future of telemark skiing…the Meidjo binding from The M-Equipment.

Via Ferrata: A Different Kind Of Climbing

Via Ferrata: A Different Kind of Climbing

Despite what you read in Outside, Climbing or Alpinist about enduring epics, it was just one of those days when I did not want to be on the rock. We had ascended to a Refugio…

The Tongariro Crossing

The Tongariro Crossing

In retrospect, it seems entirely unnecessary for the astronauts to go through such a rigorous selection and training process just to walk on the moon. We did it with only a little physical fitness training:…

Ute Valley Park

Ute Valley Park

DIRECTIONS From northbound I-25: Exit at Rockrimmon (exit #147) and go west on Rockrimmon Blvd. Turn left on Vindicator Dr. The parking lot will be on your left. From southbound I-25: Exit at Woodmen (exit #149) and…

Backpacking Tents

Backpacking Tents

Food and shelter are basic needs, in or out of the mountains. Lightweight backpacking tents are reliable protection and keep you warm and dry despite Mother Nature’s best shots in the high country. Wind, rain,…

Red Rock Canyon Open Space

LINKS Friends of Red Rock Canyon City of Colorado Springs site with a trail map Garden of the Goddesses DIRECTIONS From Colorado Springs, head west on Highway 24/ Cimarron. Soon after passing the traffic light…

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Banff Mountain Film Festival – World Tour 2020 March 3
Banff Mountain Film Festival WORLD TOUR is back! TUESDAY, MARCH…
Mar 03, 2020 at 5:30PM
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2020 – March 4
Banff Mountain Film Festival WORLD TOUR is back! WEDNESDAY, MARCH…
Mar 04, 2020 at 5:30PM

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