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Animals adapt to cold short days

Filed in Expert Articles, Snowshoeing by on November 10, 2013
Animals adapt to cold short days

My friend Greg Dennis and I were relaxing over some cold beer by a warm fire a few nights ago, and we were both commenting on the low light and the shortest days of the year. We talked about the annual ritual of a winter solstice bonfire, an age-old tradition bringing light and warmth to […]

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Animal Track mysteries unveiled

Filed in Expert Articles, Snowshoeing by on November 10, 2013
Animal Track mysteries unveiled

Animal tracks appear in our daily lives often while riding on a chairlift, strolling on snowshoes or gliding on cross-country skis. Interpreting animal tracks is rewarding because we can enjoy the presence of wild animals, even when we don’t see them. Interpreting tracks is like playing detective where we carefully interpret the clues left behind. […]

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Mountain Biking made easy

Filed in Mountain Biking by on November 10, 2013
Mountain Biking made easy

Mountain biking has got to be one of the coolest sports ever invented. While under your own power, you can cover miles and miles of mountainous terrain, hearing only the sound of your breath, and the occasional click of your gears. Some people right away say mountain biking sounds hard. Yes, it is an aerobic […]

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Trees know their limit

Filed in Expert Articles, Hiking Articles by on November 10, 2013
Trees know their limit

Imagine yourself looking out at a dramatic mountain vista, the jagged peaks of rock rising up well above the trees. The land above the tree line is known as the alpine, while the thick band of pine, spruce and fir that dominate the base of the high mountains is known as the sub-alpine. What causes […]

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Peak climbing rewards wildflower enthusiasts

Filed in Expert Articles, Hiking Articles by on November 10, 2013
Peak climbing rewards wildflower enthusiasts

Peak climbing is an exhilarating, beautiful, and challenging experience. The expansive vistas and wide-open spaces stir the soul. As you break above treeline, you get the feeling that you’ve just entered a strange and magical world. This special place is known as the alpine tundra. Trees can no longer exist in the alpine tundra, because […]

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Pace yourself on climbs

Filed in Expert Articles, Hiking Articles by on November 10, 2013
Pace yourself on climbs

Climbing uphill in the mountains is all about setting the right pace. Arriving at the top of a climb feeling strong is an art unto itself. Setting the right pace is easiest when I’m by myself. Initially when I leave the parking lot, my heart rate is at a slow resting rate. Then as I […]

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Climbing Holy Cross – Unforgettable Challenge

Filed in Expert Articles, Hiking Articles by on November 10, 2013
Climbing Holy Cross – Unforgettable Challenge

At fourteen thousand feet above sea level, Mount of the Holy Cross is not just a mountain, it’s a place. A very big place that’s as rugged as it is wild. And like all high places, it’s alive with intensity in both physical and emotional experiences. The place is made up of grand scenery at […]

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Vail Valley Word-Class Wilderness

Filed in Expert Articles, Hiking Articles by on November 10, 2013
Vail Valley Word-Class Wilderness

Have you ever looked out at a magnificent mountain scene and wondered about how it all got there? Imagine yourself on a cool crisp summer morning, well organized and taking your first steps onto the hiking trail. The first rays of sunlight dapple the surrounding peaks and you are on your way to visit a […]

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Beautiful scenes evolve over time

Filed in Expert Articles, Hiking Articles by on November 10, 2013
Beautiful scenes evolve over time

Have you ever looked out at a magnificent mountain scene and wondered about how it all got there? Generally speaking, our local mountains were formed through block faulting about 70 million years ago. Large blocks of the earth’s crust were thrust upward during a long and intense period of earthquakes. To this day, a doozey […]

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Find birds while you hike

Filed in Expert Articles, Hiking Articles by on November 10, 2013
Find birds while you hike

Imagine yourself on a long day hike up to an alpine lake. You start out amongst flowering choke cherry and serviceberry shrubs, travel through lush aspens, push on through snow in the shady spruce and fir forests, and finally arrive at a series of spectacular alpine meadows graced by an azure blue lake. Diverse terrain […]

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