Winter Retreat At Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Snowshoe trail at Devil's Thumb Ranch. Photo by Kim Fuller.

Snowshoe trail at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Photo by Kim Fuller.

On a clear Sunday morning in late-January, early bird cross-country skiers were gliding on the freshly groomed tracks of Devil’s Thumb Ranch, a resort in Tabernash, Colorado, located 77 … Continue reading


Gear Review: Helios Hooded Jacket

Feathered Friends Helios Hooded Jacket in Arctic

Feathered Friends Helios Hooded Jacket in Arctic

Puffy is back … at least that’s what I decided as soon as I slid my arms through the feather-light sleeves of the Helios Hooded Jacket and zipped up a wall of fluff … Continue reading


Gear Review: Native Eyewear Toolah Sunglasses

Native Eyewear's Toolah sunglasses in Red Frost.

Native Eyewear’s Toolah sunglasses in Red Frost.

The pair of Native Eyewear Toolah’s pulled back into my hair as I write this already made their way up Colorado’s Vail Mountain this morning for an early interval running session. The dark … Continue reading


Gear Review: Atlas Race Snowshoes

Atlas Race Snowshoes.

Atlas Race Snowshoes.

It’s an interesting time for the world of snowshoe racing. With improved shoe traction devices and ski touring/uphill gear, many casual outdoor exercisers and elite endurance athletes don’t really need to strap on a pair of snowshoes. … Continue reading


Colorado Roots Propel Cirque Mountain Apparel

cirque mountain apparel

Photo courtesy of Cirque Mountain Apparel

Find a snow-covered cirque on skis, and you’ll likely be taking some great powder turns.

“A cirque is a basin carved out by a glacier,” said Alex Biegler, owner and founder of Cirque Mountain … Continue reading


Gear Review: Yukon Charlie’s 825 Pro II Series Women’s Snowshoes & Trekking Poles

Gear Review: Yukon Charlie's 825 Pro II Series Women's Snowshoes & Trekking Poles

Photo Courtesy of Yukon Charlie’s.

There’s no doubt that one of the biggest improvements in snowshoe design recently are the bindings. I started snowshoeing about 10 years ago, and the only thing I disliked about the sport was putting on … Continue reading


Gear Review: SportHill Saga II 3SP Women’s Tight

Saga Tight

Twice a week throughout the year (minus mud seasons), a local group of runners and hikers rise with the sun to hit the steep on Vail Mountain in Colorado. Ellen Miller, accomplished mountaineer and endurance coach, leads the sessions out … Continue reading


Gear Review: Oboz Bridger BDry

Oboz's Bridger BDry

I tend to choose footwear that goes to extremes when hiking. Sometimes I’ll wear my heavy, all-leather boots, at others just a pair of sandals or trail runners so that my feet feel light. When I first tried on a … Continue reading


Gear Review: Sherpa Nangpala Hooded Down Jacket (Women’s)

Nangpala on Jay Mtn., NY

When I received my new Nangpala Hooded Down Jacket, I was surprised by how small it was. I brought the jacket on a nine-day backpacking trip during cold, rainy Adirondack fall weather and was greatly impressed by the jacket’s warmth … Continue reading


Gear Review: BloqUV 24/7

24/7 Jay Mtn

I was pleasantly surprised when I took my new BloqUV 24/7 long-sleeved shirt on a recent nine-day backpacking trip. BloqUV touts its clothing’s design for activities like boating, golf, tennis, and swimming, so I was doubtful of the shirt’s utility … Continue reading


Platypus SoftBottle – More Than Just a Cute Name

Notice the really cute platypus in the corner

A water bottle that I can throw in my bag and not worry about it leaking everywhere…is that even possible? A water bottle that literally rolls into a ball and can fit … Continue reading


Socking Stuffer: The Gift of Point6 Socks

In my family, receiving a new pair of socks was a telltale sign of Christmas traditions. They would vary from year to year: ski socks, wool socks, fleece socks, ridiculous holiday themed socks. Whatever they were, they’d always be a … Continue reading