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Is Mountain Biking Dangerous?

Like any sport, there are always some risks to consider, but with precautions, practice, and awareness, many of these risks associated with mountain biking can be mitigated. Our first tip is not getting in over your head on the trail and to find a good fitting bike in safe working […]

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What’s the Difference Between Ski Touring & Cross-Country Skiing?

At its core, skiing involves sliding over snow-covered terrain, from there a number of nuances separate different disciplines into completely unique experiences. Ski touring, also known as backcountry or ski mountaineering, involves both ascent and descent over varied terrain traversing remote wilderness areas seeking exploration, adventure, and ungroomed off-trail challenges. […]

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What is an Avalanche?

Put simply, avalanches are a whole lotta snow and debris falling downhill under gravity with great kinetic power and can vary wildly in size, speed and terrain. Rocks, trees, chunks of earth and even animals and man made structures can all be carried under the unrelenting force and power of […]

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When was Rocky Mountain National Park Established?

Nestled in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) stands as a testament to the enduring beauty of nature and the human commitment to its preservation. Established on January 26, 1915, the park has evolved over the past century into a symbol of environmental conservation, recreational […]

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How to Get Started Hiking

Hiking is the art of traversing natural landscapes on foot. Hiking trails can be found in all sorts of different terrains and vary in length and difficulty making hiking a fairly easy activity to get into. Embarking on a hiking journey is a rewarding experience that combines physical activity with […]

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What is Avalanche Safety Training?

Avalanches occur when a mass of snow breaks loose and rapidly descends down a slope. They are violent and dangerous, like nature’s bulldozers. To prepare for this wild force of nature, we educate ourselves. Avalanche safety training delves into the science behind this common phenomena, educating participants on factors like […]

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How is Bouldering Different From Rock Climbing?

From weekend warrior to professional competitor, bouldering and rock climbing offer unique indoor and outdoor challenges for climbers worldwide. While both disciplines involve climbing on rocks, each requires a unique skill set, mindset and overall strategy. Appreciating why bouldering deserves its own category requires exploring the fundamentals of rock climbing […]

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What is Ski Touring and Splitboarding?

One of the best ways to see the wilderness during snow season is by skis or splitboard. Skip the resort lifts and head for the untouched snow of the backcountry using specialized gear designed with flexible bindings so you can easily switch between climbing, touring and downhill modes. Don’t have […]

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What Size Backpack Do I Need for Hiking?

Modern hiking backpacks have advanced far beyond their bulky, wire-frame ancestors. Today’s options are lightweight, durable, weather-resistant and designed to comfortably fit a variety of body types. With a plethora of global brands and models available, there’s a perfect backpack style and size for every trek. Finding the ideal fit […]

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