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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,…

Hiking Poles

Hiking Poles As a matter of necessity, I was forced into using a walking stick in 1994 when my arthritic hip became too sore to walk on. I still wanted to participate in outdoor activities,…

Layering for Comfort and Survival

Layering for Comfort and Survival Layering refers to a choice of clothing that enables the user to manage their individual pieces to promote comfort and ultimately their survival. Layering is frequently thought of as a…

Links to Further Informational Resources

Useful links from around the area.

Ten Essentials

Ten Essentials

Working with the Ten Essentials The Mountaineers of Seattle say you got to have them, The Colorado Mountain Club says you got to carry them, common sense says that you ought to have some emergency…

Traditional Moderate Climbs In The Black Canyon

Traditional Moderate Climbs in the Black Canyon

Traditional Moderates in the Black Canyon: AKA…Welcome to the Black! by Phil Wortmann   To start with, the term “moderate” should not be misconstrued as meaning lacking in difficulty, especially in the Black. Advanced traditional…

Graduating With Honors: Bouldering In Cheyenne Canyon

Graduating with Honors: Bouldering in Cheyenne Canyon

by Phil Wortmann Location: 2 feet South of road (brutal approach!) Difficulty: V-0 to V-Hard Type of rock: Best granite in the park Position: Snuggled in next to a cool mountain brook and sheltered by…


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After three months working at Mountain Chalet, I finally asked the question: "How do you…

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