Hiking

Hike Summit: A snowy June trip on Wheeler Trail in Breckenridge

June 25, 2016 — 

Four times.

I am slogging through four-foot drifts of saturated snow and realize that I will need to start out on the first leg of the Wheeler Trail a fourth time in order to ascend the Tenmile Range, and then drop down into Miners Creek to complete the link with the Peaks Trail that leads to Gold Hill Trail en route to Breckenridge and the Blue River Valley.

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Settling Into Stanzas: Wilder Gulch and Chapman's "Out Where the West Begins"

June 18, 2016 — 

“Out Where the West Begins” by Arthur Chapman

Out where the handclasp’s a little stronger,

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Love and Light 10K in honor of Lauren Hoover comes to Breck, June 18

June 14, 2016 — 

This full moon is for Lauren.

As soon as the moon begins to shine on June 18 — not quite the full moon, but close — Vertical Runner plays host to the first-annual Love and Light 10K, a benefit run on the Breckenridge recpath in honor of Lauren Hoover. The 26-year-old local died on March 23, just three weeks after a head-on collision at Swan Mountain Road left her in a coma at a Denver-area hospital. She was an avid runner and yogi, the sort who regularly woke at dawn to snowboard, finish a run before heading to class at Meta Yoga Studios in Breckenridge or her job as a budtender at Breckenridge Cannabis Company, then High Country Healing.

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Barr Trail to the luxurious heights of Pikes Peak

June 11, 2016 — 

Pikes Peak is a popular destination for travelers exploring the Colorado Springs area. At 14,110 feet, Pikes Peak rises dramatically over the eastern plains of Colorado. Pikes Peak shares the distinction of being one of more than 50 14ers in Colorado. With a cog railroad, toll road and hiking trail access to the summit, Pikes Peak also offers diverse ways to enjoy reaching the mountain’s heights.

On Highway 24, Manitou Springs is about seven miles west of Colorado Springs. The Visitor Bureau on Manitou Avenue provides helpful orientation to food and recreation opportunities in the surrounding area. A few blocks west of the bureau is a roundabout that leads to Ruxton Avenue, where both the cog railroad and Barr Trail begin a half-mile up Ruxton Creek near an old hydroelectric power plant.

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Settling Into Stanzas: Dog days of June on Gold Hill Trail No. 79 in Breckenridge

June 4, 2016 — 

Rupert Brooke’s “The Little Dog’s Day”

All in the town were still asleep,

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Good Hiking Places near Summit County: Dark Canyon of the Raggeds Wilderness

May 28, 2016 — 

The Dark Canyon is one of the many hiking trails Colorado has to offer at an intermediate level

On my return from the Lizardhead Wilderness Area in the San Juans a while ago, I stopped near the summit of McClure Pass (8,755 feet) and made camp at the base of a few massive evergreens in McClure National Forest Campground.

In the morning, a Forest Protection Officer visited. When she heard that I had passed through without exploring the Raggeds Wilderness Area, she was upset and thrust a packet into my hand describing the Dark Canyon on Anthracite Creek, one of the best hikes in Colorado. Before I left camp, I promised to return and explore this good hiking place located in the forest north of the West Elk Wilderness Area for myself.

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Settling into Stanzas: Angler Mountain Trail No. 29 and Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself"

May 21, 2016 — 

Part 15

The pure contralto sings in the organ loft,

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Summit County Hiking Places: Ptarmigan Peak near Silverthorne

May 14, 2016 — 

The Ptarmigan Trail is a great local hiking trail located east of Silverthorne, across the Blue River Valley from the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area.

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness Area is 12,594 acres of forest, meadow and tundra, making it an ideal hiking place. The Ptarmigan Trail begins at 9,100 feet and ascends 5.4 miles to the summit of Ptarmigan Peak (12,504 feet), with a gain of 3,400 vertical feet. Thanks to a deceptively level grade during the first three miles as the trail proceeds north above the town, the trail profile is actually longer and has greater elevation gain than the route to Quandary Peak (14,265 feet), one of the “easy” 14ers found six miles south of Breckenridge.

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Hike Summit County: Colorado hiking trails at Colorado National Monument and Rattlesnake Canyon

April 30, 2016 — 

Colorado National Monument provides hiking essentials to those looking for an adventure

The lowlands can offer a variety of Colorado hiking trails that are the perfect escape during the spring and fall seasons. Desert temperatures are warmer than the snow-capped tundra on mountain summits, but not too hot for a refreshing hike. To the west of Summit County, Colorado National Monument is a favorite destination. The area offers several good hiking places, many which make great day hikes among the eroded red rock plateaus, with views of exposed spires and natural bridges in the surrounding canyons.

Colorado National Monument’s main access, Rim Rock Road, winds its way to the top of a plateau about 600 feet above the valley below. From the top of the plateau, many of the great rock formations in the Monument are within view. The Civilian Conservation Corps is responsible for the development of the drainage, road and trail improvements inside the Monument. There are a dozen day-hike trails to enjoy, with trailheads marked at pullouts along Rim Rock Road.

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Pedal Power Winter Race Series celebrates 20 years with kick-off on Dec. 12

November 18, 2015 — 

Dust off your snowshoes and tune up your fat bike. It’s winter race season.

For the 20th year, Pedal Power bike shop in Avon is hosting a winter race series for snowshoers and fat bikers. The Pedal Power Winter Race Series is a perfect outlet for high-energy endurance racers who just can’t get enough of singletrack in the summer — or just can’t stomach the thought of ski mountaineering.

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Hike Summit County: Hiking Upward at Red Buffalo Pass

July 4, 2015 — 

Red Buffalo Pass is a fantastic intermediate hiking trail Colorado has located in Summit County.

Red Buffalo Pass is located west of Silverthorne and east of Vail. The pass is named for the surrounding mountains of Red Peak (13,189 feet) and Buffalo Mountain (12,777 feet) and involves hiking upwards towards the summit. The pass itself is part of a ridge over the amphitheater bowl that lies west of Buffalo Mountain. Buffalo Pass (11,770 feet) is the ridge of the Gore Range that forms South Willow Creek watershed to the east and Gore Creek to the west.

This local hiking trail is intermediate in grade and strenuous due to the 5-mile trek from the Buffalo Cabin Trailhead to Red Buffalo Pass, with 2,000 feet of vertical gain. Expect to be hiking upwards for a lot on this trail! The dense evergreen forest near the trailhead provides opportunities to view wildflowers, including arnica, paintbrush, mountain chimes and columbine. The upper tundra meadows fill with avalanche lilies as soon as the snowfields melt in early summer. In the wetlands, globeflower and marsh marigolds line alpine brooks. The most outstanding scenery is found viewing the back slopes of Buffalo Mountain and sharp ridge of Eccles Pass to the south.

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Colorado Hiking Trails with Waterfalls: South Willow Falls

July 11, 2015 — 

South Willow Falls is one of the great hiking places in Summit County that is intermediate in difficulty and offers a waterfall

If you are searching for hiking trails with waterfalls, the South Willow Falls is the perfect trail for you. The falls is located in the valley between the steep, rocky slopes of Red Peak (13,189 feet) and Buffalo Mountain (12,777 feet). The pass itself is part of a ridge over the amphitheater bowl that lies west of Buffalo Mountain. South Willow Creek forms from the tributary brooks pouring out of the great bowl of dense evergreen forest west of Buffalo Mountain.

This local hiking trail is intermediate in grade, rising and descending a few hundred feet as it follows the base of Buffalo Mountain for 1.5 miles. South Willow Falls is two miles from the Buffalo Cabin Trailhead, with about 500 feet of elevation for a profile ¬—an easy day hike by mountain standards.

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Hiking Colorado: Argentine Pass Trail near Keystone

September 11, 2015 — 

Argentine Pass Trail is one of several local hiking trails that follows an old mining route

Anyone hiking Colorado trails often will appreciate the scenic views the Argentine Pass Trail offers. Dating back to 1869 as a transportation corridor, the Argentine Pass Trail is actually the remnant trace of a wagon toll road from Georgetown to mining camps on the western slope of the Continental Divide. The trail is a great option for anyone searching for hiking near Breckenridge.

In 1864, five years before the road was developed, silver deposits were found on the slopes of McClellan Mountain (13,587 feet), found 2 miles north of an area later named Argentine mining district. Argentine Peak (13,738 feet) was named after the Latin word argentum, meaning silver, and the ruins of area mines are plentiful throughout the Peru Creek watershed.

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Colorado Hiking Trips: A Classic Summit County Trail to Upper Cataract Lake

July 19, 2015 — 

Upper Cataract Lake is a classic Summit County Colorado hike that affords outdoor enthusiasts camping areas and a more challenging trail

Upper Cataract Lake is located south of Mount Powell (13,534 feet), below the Eagles Nest for which Eaglesnest Wilderness Area is named and is the perfect trail for a Colorado hiking trip. It forms a tributary for the stream of Cataract Creek that flows down a series of steep, rocky cliffs to Lower Cataract Lake. The hike requires about six hours of hiking over 10.5 miles of trail, with an elevation gain of 2,000 vertical feet, from 8,600 feet to 10,740 feet.

While the ascent is fairly typical of the steep climbs throughout Summit County, the trail is rough, rocky and eroded across a couple of miles above the softer trail among the aspen meadows at lower elevations. The distance and elevation gain make this a rigorous day hike. Backcountry camping is available at several lakes in the vicinity, including Surprise Lake, Cat Lake, Tipperary Lake and Upper Cataract Lake, as well as Mirror Lake, located a couple of miles west of Upper Cataract Lake.

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Summit County hiker: Surprise Lake is one hiking place with Aspens and wildflowers

July 25, 2015 — 

Explore this intermediate hike near Denver that offers a diverse number of wildflowers

Surprise Lake is one of many local hiking places located north of Dora Mountain (12,119 feet) on a tributary to Otter Creek that flows into Green Mountain Reservoir. A day hike to the lake and back to the trailhead is 6 miles and takes only three to four hours. The elevation profile goes from 8,600 feet at the Cataract Creek crossing near the Surprise Lake Trailhead to 10,040 feet at the lake (1,400 vertical feet) for a typical intermediate hike in Summit County and of a Colorado hiking trail.

An alternative loop hike to Tipperary Lake on the Gore Range Trail, crossing the upper portion of Cataract Creek and descending on the Eaglesmere Trail, involves 9 miles and six hours of hiking. Despite the good quality of the trail and a nearly level plateau once Surprise Lake is gained, only high-endurance hikers should attempt the full loop.

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Webster Pass Road traces the Snake River to its headwaters at Teller Mountain

August 1, 2015 — 

Webster Pass Road ascends to the sources of the Snake River, streams from the slopes of Sullivan Mountain (13,134 feet), Landslide Peak (13,238 feet), Red Cone (12,801 feet), Handcart Peak (12,518 feet) and Teller Mountain (12,602 feet), all found along the Continental Divide.

A loop hike beginning at Webster Pass Road and passing northeast through the Snake River watershed to the ridgeline of Teller Mountain involves an intermediate ascent of 2,300 feet across 4.75 miles, with a total distance of 9 miles and three to four hours of hiking if the loop is completed down Deer Creek Road.

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Local Hiking Trails Summit: The magnificent amphitheater of Mayflower Gulch

August 8, 2015 — 

Mayflower Gulch is a favorite beginner hiking trail in Summit County.

Nestled in the magnificent amphitheater below the ragged crest of Fletcher Mountain (13,951 feet), the ruins of the failed Boston Mining Company gold digs remain among a meadow of wetland wildflowers. Located on the west side of the Ten Mile Range, convenient access to the Mayflower Gulch Trail makes this a busy trail for summer hiking as well as winter backcountry recreation. The hike involves a gradual ascent of 2 miles from 10,990 feet to 12,000 feet on an old mining road. Providing time for exploration and photographs, the hike can be completed within two hours.

Wildflowers are abundant in the wetlands on the north side of the road, bordering Mayflower Creek. The hiking place features globeflower, elephant tusk, cinquefoil, lousewort, alpine smelowskia, bistort, paintbrush, chiming bells, columbine, arnica, beardtongue, alpine clover, and mountain goldenrod grow thick in the fertile fields of the valley.

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Hike Summit: Find high-alpine serenity below Red Peak at Willow Lakes

September 11, 2015 — 

The Willow Lakes of the Gore Range are one of my favorite day-hike destinations in the state of Colorado. The lakes are nestled in the North Willow Creek watershed, surrounded by the sharp, ragged ridge of Red Peak (13,189 feet) to the south and Willow Peak (13,333 feet) forming the wall of the bowl to the north.

The hike is beyond intermediate, with an elevation gain of 2,400 feet (9,000 to 11,400 feet) and a strenuous distance of 13 to 18 miles, depending on the access route you choose. The effort is well rewarded, with an abundance of wildflowers and several alpine pools set against a dramatic rock wall backdrop. Give yourself eight hours of daylight to enjoy the hike.

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Hike Summit: Argentine Pass Trail near Keystone

August 30, 2015 — 

Dating back to 1869 as a transportation corridor, the Argentine Pass Trail is actually the remnant trace of a wagon toll road from Georgetown to mining camps on the western slope of the Continental Divide.

In 1864, five years before the road was developed, silver deposits were found on the slopes of McClellan Mountain (13,587 feet), found 2 miles north of an area later named Argentine mining district. Argentine Peak (13,738 feet) was named after the Latin word argentum, meaning silver, and the ruins of area mines are plentiful throughout the Peru Creek watershed.

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Hiking Guide: Explosive views on the Lenawee Trail

September 5, 2015 — 

The Lenawee Trail offers a glimpse of fall colors as it ascends through groves of young aspen regenerating in the constant upheaval of avalanche flows down the steep slopes of Lenawee Mountain (13,204 feet). About 1.5 miles up the trail at 11,500 feet of elevation, near tree-line, the Lenawee Trail offers expansive views of the area. From the upper trail, Dillon Reservoir of the Gore Range and the Ten-Mile Range lie in the distance west of the Snake River Valley. The ridgeline of Lenawee Mountain from 12,550 feet to 13,200 feet overlooks Arapahoe Basin Ski Area and Loveland Pass on the Continental Divide.

Immediately west of Lenawee Mountain is the ridge of Porcupine Peak (11,803 feet) that forms the wall of Montezuma Bowl. Grizzly Peak (13,427 feet) forms the north portion of the East Wall beyond the Lenawee Mountain chutes at Arapahoe Basin. Directly north of Lenawee Mountain, Highway 6 ascends on sharp switchbacks to Loveland Pass (11,980 feet). East of Lenawee Mountain, and out-of-sight unless you climb to the summit, are the 14er twins Grays Peak (14,267 feet), the southern mountain, and Torreys Peak (14,270 feet), across the saddle to the north.

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Colorado Wildflower Hiking Guide to Summit County, Colorado

July 11, 2015 — 

Jane Hendrix is a friend of the flowers. Her knowledge of plants in Summit County and beyond is extensive, and her commitment to the well-being of the wildflowers is one of true affection.

“When I first started learning the wildflowers, I noticed the big, showy wildflowers, and I didn’t notice the little ones,” she said. “But now, my favorite wildflower is the next one I see.”

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Colorado Hiking Trails with Waterfalls: South Willow Falls

July 11, 2015 — 

South Willow Falls is one of the great hiking places in Summit County that is intermediate in difficulty and offers a waterfall

If you are searching for hiking trails with waterfalls, the South Willow Falls is the perfect trail for you. The falls is located in the valley between the steep, rocky slopes of Red Peak (13,189 feet) and Buffalo Mountain (12,777 feet). The pass itself is part of a ridge over the amphitheater bowl that lies west of Buffalo Mountain. South Willow Creek forms from the tributary brooks pouring out of the great bowl of dense evergreen forest west of Buffalo Mountain.

This local hiking trail is intermediate in grade, rising and descending a few hundred feet as it follows the base of Buffalo Mountain for 1.5 miles. South Willow Falls is two miles from the Buffalo Cabin Trailhead, with about 500 feet of elevation for a profile ¬—an easy day hike by mountain standards.

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Summit County, Colorado Blue River Campground Guide

July 10, 2015 — 

Rain, rain, go away — it’s camping season.

Then again, rain in the High Country is a given, just like the occasional snowstorm in late May or long, bone-dry stretches at the start of August. Mother Nature doesn’t follow the rules in the Rocky Mountains, and, more often than not, camping junkies just have to roll with the rainstorms.

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Camping Colorado With Kids

July 10, 2015 — 

There’s been a lot of chatter about the benefits of unstructured playtime outside for kids, away from screens, homework and school activities. For parents who spend the majority of their time strapped to a chair and a computer during the week, unplugged time is just as essential. A weekend spent camping in the outdoors might be in order. For parents of little ones, the idea might seem daunting. Plenty of local families not only do it but do it well. Three local moms shared their tried-and-true tips for camping with kids.

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Camping in Summit is best when you bring a chef, Boy Scout, gear junkie and jester

July 1, 2015 — 

There are many ways to camp. There’s car camping, which does not necessarily entail camping in a car, as the name suggests. There is backpacking, which can take place over one night or extend for several days. There is close-to-home camping and travel-to-a-destination camping. However, though there are many different types of camping, there is one element that is crucial for a successful trip: your camping companions.

These are the folks who will not only make sure that you eat, but that you also eat really well. It’s the person who not only knows where to hike, but where to find the most beautiful, unpopulated trails or campsites — and, the individual who may have no other discernible talent other than doing silly things and bringing the beverages. To ensure a most successful camping experience, be sure that the following cadre of companions accompany you on your journey: the campfire gourmand, the Boy/Girl Scout, the good-time Charlie, the gear junkie and the llama whisperer.

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Breckenridge Hiking Trails: Mohawk Lake

June 28, 2015 — 

The Mohawk Lake Trail is perfect hiking for beginners and veterans alike

Lower Mohawk Lake is located in the Spruce Creek Trailhead. This Breckenridge hiking trail features a lake that is nestled in a deep amphitheater formed by Pacific Peak, 13,950 feet, and Mount Helen, 13,165 feet, in the Ten Mile Range. The hike is an intermediate ascent of 1,400 vertical feet, with a total distance of 6.6 miles from the Spruce Creek Trailhead. The elevation of Spruce Creek Trailhead is 10,400 feet, a thousand feet below tree line, while Mohawk Lakes are surrounded by rocky tundra and krumholz. The Mohawk Lakes Trail provides access to a hiking trails with waterfalls, rich fields of wildflowers, and relics of the mining era.

Allow at least five hours to explore the area and plan to descend in early afternoon to avoid the frequent thunderstorms that tend to form over the mountains later in the day. Carry two bottles of water to remain hydrated during the hike or pack a water filter to take water from the stream. Be prepared to find a crowd of hikers on this popular Breckenridge hiking trail, accompanied by many free-roaming hunting dogs.

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Artist Nathan Downey combines art with his passion for climbing 14ers

October 18, 2013 — 

A native of Evergreen, Nathan Downey grew up climbing mountains. His father got him started, and he’s been at it ever since.

It’s no surprise, then, that he’s caught what he calls “the 14ers achievement syndrome,” a desire that drives him and hundreds of other climbers to seek out the state’s tallest mountains (those with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet) and match his wits and will against their steep summits.

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Women's running apparel roundup: multiple outfits for multi-leg races

September 27, 2013 — 
Running 198 miles through the wilderness at high elevation, in unpredictable weather, through the darkness, surviving on little to no sleep ... shockingly sounds rather appealing to some adventurists.

For those seeking a new way to achieve the “runner’s high” these races are just the ticket. Multi-leg relay races are another subset of the running craze. The increased participation in the sport of running has gone past marathons and ultras and into “fun-runs,” mud-runs, obstacle courses and multi-leg or even multi-day races. These races push your comfort zone and challenge you both physically and mentally. Prepping for an intense multi-leg race can be an invigorating and exciting journey. Increasing your mileage, adding hill climbs, training at elevation and adjusting your caloric intake accordingly are all part of the process.

So when it comes to the list of things you need to keep track of on race day, apparel should be the least of your worries. We’ve compiled three complete outfits to take you through your multi-leg race journey. These trail-tested items will carry you through sun, rain, cold and darkness, all while looking stylishly swift.

For a midday leg with the intense mountain sun glaring down, we’ve created an outfit to keep you cool and collected during your race.

1 — Ambit2 (HR) by SUUNTO

Maintaining your pace during a distance race is critical. While the excitement of race day can get your adrenaline pumping, resist the urge to race out of the gate by keeping an accurate eye on your pace and heart rate. The Ambit2 with the integrated Heart Rate system by Suunto makes it easy with a large pace display, lap comparisons by each kilometer/mile and scrollable options to view distance, speed, elapsed time, elevation, heart rate and calories burned. While you’re not out crushing it in a town race, the GPS-based watch offers an impressive bevy of other functions for outdoor adventurist. Barometric pressure anyone?

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2 — Corsa Skort by ISIS

Slip into any piece by ISIS and you can instantly tell that it was designed by women, for women. Flattering cuts, styles, patterns and colors, backed by high performance materials, are what their pieces are known for. The Corsa Skort is no exception. The nylon and spandex short & skirt combination with stretch waistband is comfortable and chic, with a gusset crotch for movability. This will quickly become your go-to piece, having you feeling feminine yet fearless as you fly down the trails.

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3 — Unisex Ventilator Compression Support Calf Sleeves by CW-X

Compression garments are all the rage, and with good reason. Why wait to sooth your legs until after the race, when you can begin the recovery process before you even begin? The Unisex Ventilator Compression Support Calf Sleeves by CW-X are engineered to provide muscle and joint support. The increase in blood circulation results in better endurance, less fatigue and faster recovery. The sleeve design allows you to pair them with your favorite running sock.

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4 — Women’s Running Ultra Light No Show by Point6

Many a toenail was lost before the discovery of Point6 wool socks. The moisture wicking properties of wool prevent dampness from developing, keeping your toes dry and happy. The Running Ultra Light No Show by Point 6 is crafted of tightly knit merino wool, an antimicrobial, natural fiber that helps regulate your body temperature. The soft and snug fit stays put, alleviating blisters or hotspots, while the low cut ankle allows it to pair perfectly with any running shoe. After your run, slip on a pair of the Point6 Compression Ultra Lite OTC socks to aid in recovery. The “Over the Calf” high rise sock, created with merino wool infused with Celliant fibers, aids in fatigue, reduces soreness and increases blood flow. Your legs will thank you.

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5 - Women’s Coolest Cool Short Sleeve Top by Columbia

The intense midday sun in the mountains has become more bearable thanks to the Omni-Freeze Zero technology by Columbia. The sweat-activated cooling system in the Coolest Cool Short Sleeve top will keep you cooler than your competitors. While the Omni-Wick technology will keep you dry, pulling sweat away from your body, the Omni-Shade technology will keep you blocked from the Sun’s harmful rays. This triple action will keep you cool, dry and protected. You’ll coast stylishly down the trail, and have your fellow racers wondering what your secret is.

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6 — Bondi Speed by Hoka One One

While the minimal movement has saturated the market, Hoka One One makes a push in the opposite direction. The first to pioneer the maximalist concept, the shoes are designed for runners of all levels. The oversized shoes are surprisingly light, bouncy and nimble. Within the first few steps of wearing the Bondi Speed, you’ll be a believer. The cushioned midsoles deliver an almost trampoline-like effect. The large outsole footprint offers stability on trail or pavement, while minimizing impact, perfect for those with knee issues. Rather than hitting the pavement, you’ll feel as though you’re effortlessly running on vibrantly colored clouds. The fast-entry lacing system will get you out the door and onto the trial quicker than ever.

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7 — Jurek Endure by Ultimate Direction

Personally designed by Scott Jurek, the Jurek Collection by Ultimate Direction provides runners with four hydration system options. The Jurek Endure is the perfect hydration belt for a mid-distance run. The belt comes with two ten-ounce bottles, for even weight distribution, keeping the belt from bouncing around. The construction of the bottle holsters is stiff enough to easily slide the bottles in and out, while still resting comfortably against your back. The front pocket allows for easy access to goos or gels, and the expandable back pocket can stash arm warmers or gloves. The waist belt is adjustable and comes with race bib clips. Stylish, compact and efficient, the Jurek Endure is ready to endure any leg of the race.

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For dusk or dawn runs, you need options that allow you to adapt to the change in temperature or weather. Our second outfit will carry you through a low-light leg in prepared style.

1 - Active Extreme Concept Piece LS Women’s by Craft

When it comes to movability, Craft pieces are hard to beat. The Active Extreme Concept Piece Long Sleeve is not only flattering and stylish, but allows for unconstricted arm swing thanks to their Moving Wing technology. The bodymapped design created with elastic fabrics is snug in all the right places, and moves with your body. The thin, jersey fabric keeps you feeling dry and fresh, and will quickly become one of your favorite pieces. Soft, lightweight and vibrantly hued, this piece will whisk you to the finish line.

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2 - Women’s APEX LITE Jacket by The North Face

With vastly varied weather conditions, racers in the Rocky Mountains need to be prepared for an unexpected afternoon thunderstorm or temperature drop. The APEX Lite jacket by North Face is an ideal piece to stash in your pack. Wind and water resistant, this light layer provides just enough protection from the elements without hindering your stride. The new FlashDry fabric offers superior breathability and shortened drying time. The fit is flattering and feminine, and the reflective detailing keeps you visible as the sun begins to set.

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3 - Women’s TT Sock by Zoot Sports

Before you can race to the finish line, racing to get you gear on just got a little easier, thanks to the unique double tab construction of the Women’s TT Sock by Zoot Sports. The easy to grab design allows for quick changes between race legs, while also providing Achilles protection. The breathable, thin, moisture wicking construction keeps feet blister free, and the built in arch support helps to reduce fatigue by promoting blood flow out of the foot.

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4 - AIR 2.0 LADY Tight 3/4 by Gore Running Apparel

When you look good, you feel good. Gore Running Apparel fully understands and embraces this philosophy. With a full rainbow of color options available for the AIR 2.0 LADY Tight, you’ll have a hard time choosing just one. But the colors aren’t the most sumptuous aspect...the stretchability, wearability, fit and feel of the fabric is soft and subtle. Engineered specifically for running, the cooling and venting design crafted from microfiber fabric aids in temperature regulation and breathability. The flat-lock seam detailing works with your figure to contour and flatter your backside, finished with subtle reflective touches on the hem.

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5 - Wink Hydration Pack by Ultimate Direction

Staying hydrated during any race is important. Staying hydrated in a multi-leg or mulit-day race is crucial. The Wink Hydration Pack by Ultimate Direction offers an impressive 70oz / 2L reservoir, conveniently accessed by the HyperFlow bite valve. The visually appealing women specific pack was designed for the smaller torso of a female. Petite in size, not on features, 100% BPA free pack has easily accessible shoulder strap pockets, and plenty of room for your bars, phone and rain jacket in the main storage pocket. The ventilation provided by the 3D AirMesh back panel and shoulder straps keeps you cool and comfortable during your entire run.

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6 - XR Mission W by Salomon

Theses stunners will have you sprinting towards the finish line in style and comfort. The Ortholite dual density footbed creates a cushioned landing and heel support. Conquer various terrain on these light yet stable trail runners. The XR Mission W precisely contours to various foot shapes thanks to Salomon’s Asymmetrical Sensiflex technology. The one-pull lacing system will have you reaching for these breathable beauties on race day and everyday.

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Running through darkness is a wild and invigorating experience. Having your outfit dialed in will allow you to freely frolic with confidence and courage.

1 - LiteBelt 100 by GoMotion

Evening runs can be exciting and a bit scary. Actually being able to see the route will allow you to charge the trail with confidence. Illuminate the path with the LiteBelt100 by GoMotion. The bright light beams from your midsection, rather than your head, keeping the light more stable and less jarring. The 100 lumen light is powered by three AA batteries, with an adjustable beam angle and flood to spotlight beam option, while two flashing tail lights keep you visible and safe
from the rear. The breathable padded belt offers two storage pockets, with reflective touches to keep you safe and comfortable during the nighttime leg of your race.

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2 - QuickDraw Plus by Nathan

For a short leg in your race, a handheld water bottle can allow you to carry just the right amount of water without weighing you down. This QuickDraw Plus by Nahan can carry 22 oz of liquid in the easy to squeeze TruFlex bottle. The hand strap is fully adjustable and allows for grip free running, while the storage pocket expands to allow room for your phone, gels and blocks. With 6 colors to choose from, you can be as bright or demure as you desire.

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3 - Lillehammer Leggings by Tasc Performance

Slipping into these leggings, you may momentarily think that you accidentally put your pajamas back on. The soft and luxurious bamboo fabric feels incredibly smooth and silky against your skin. It’s hard to believe that such a supple and comfortable piece could deliver such high performance. The Lillehammer Leggings by Tasc is crafted of their performance jersey fabric, the moisture wicking, anti-odor, breathable creation comprised of bamboo fabric that receives BamCo finishing process. The thick waist band is figure flattering, and stays put during your entire run, although you’ll probably end up wearing these as often as you can justify.

http://www.tascperformance.comtarget="_blank">http://www.tascperformance.com

4 - Impact Thermal 1/2 Zip by New Balance

The Impact Thermal 1/2 Zip by New Balance combines two of our favorite things; coffee and thumbholes. The NB Heat technology uses eco-friendly coffee grinds to deliver a fabric that increases the surface temperature of the skin by approximately two degrees. This thermal warmth paired with built-in thumb holes will keep you cozy and comfortable on-and-off the trail. This crisp, bright and flattering piece is perfect as a second layer, the long zipper allowing for easy temperature regulation.

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5 - Lesko Shimmel Tank by Oiselle

While the Lesko Shimmel tank by Oiselle isn’t guaranteed to make you run faster, it sure will make you look cuter. The stylish, fashion-forward piece could easily be mistaken for a lifestyle piece, but the top is ready and willing to get sweaty. The micropoly material keeps you feeling fresh and odor-free. The built in shelf bra has high compression that offers full support, yet remains breathable and cool. Speaking of cool, for those whose passion for running is shared by their significant other, Oiselle offers custom designed bridal running gowns, so you can run your way down the runway.

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6 - Women’s PHD Run Light Micro by Smartwool

Wool that’s smartly and responsibly crafted into quality garments is what SmartWool has been creating for seventeen years. The Women’s PDH Run Light Micro sock is a perfect example. The sock is lightly cushioned for a comfortable ride, with Realiwool technology employed in the high-density impact zones. The sock stays in place, thanks to the 4-Degree Elite Fit System, ensuring a blister free race. The moisture managing properties of the merino wool along with the mapped ventilation system keeps your feet dry and happy.

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7 - Women’s PureCadence 2 by Brooks

Forgetting that you’re even wearing shoes might be the best compliment one could give to a running shoe. The PureCadence2 by Brooks achieves just that. The lean and light construction hugs your foot and offers unparalleled flexibility. The responsive midsole molds to each runners size and stride. The lower offset encourages proper form for those with back issues, while the split toe box allows the big toe to function independently, aiding in balance. The Nav Band that wraps over the instep provides a snug fit, not to mention looking darn snappy. These appealing and attractive road shoes might quickly become your everyday, allday shoes.

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Multi-leg relay running: More women's running gear for fall

October 4, 2013 —  Editor’s note: These are the second and third parts to a three-part story about women’s running apparel for the fall. To read the first part, which ran in the Summit Daily on Sept. 28, visit www.summitdaily.com. target="_blank">www.summitdaily.com.

Running 198 miles through the wilderness at high elevation, in unpredictable weather, through the darkness, surviving on little to no sleep ... shockingly sounds rather appealing to some adventurists. For those seeking a new way to achieve the “runner’s high,” these races are just the ticket. Multi-leg relay races are another subset of the running craze. These races push your comfort zone and challenge you both physically and mentally.

So when it comes to the list of things you need to keep track of on race day, apparel should be the least of your worries. We’ve compiled three complete outfits to take you through your multi-leg race journey. These trail tested and approved items will carry you through sun, rain, cold and darkness, all while looking stylishly swift.

Stage 2: Dusk and dawn

For dusk or dawn runs, you need options that allow you to adapt to the changes in temperature or weather. Our second outfit will carry you through a low-light leg in prepared style.

1. Active Extreme Concept Piece LS Women’s by Craft — When it comes to mobility, Craft pieces are hard to beat. The Active Extreme Concept Piece Long Sleeve is not only flattering and stylish but allows for unconstricted arm swing, thanks to their Moving Wing technology. The body-mapped design created with elastic fabrics is snug in all the right places and moves with your body. The thin, jersey fabric keeps you feeling dry and fresh and will quickly become one of your favorite pieces. Soft, lightweight and vibrantly hued, this piece will whisk you to the finish line. (http://shop.craftsports.us)

2. Women’s Apex Lite Jacket by The North Face — With vastly varied weather conditions, racers in the Rocky Mountains need to be prepared for an unexpected afternoon thunderstorm or temperature drop. The Apex Lite jacket by The North Face is an ideal piece to stash in your pack. Wind and water resistant, this light layer provides just enough protection from the elements without hindering your stride. The new FlashDry fabric offers superior breathability and shortened drying time. The fit is flattering and feminine, and the reflective detailing keeps you visible as the sun begins to set. (www.thenorthface.com)

3. Women’s TT Sock by Zoot Sports — Before you can race to the finish line, racing to get your gear on just got a little easier, thanks to the unique double tab construction of the Women’s TT Sock by Zoot Sports. The easy-to-grab design allows for quick changes between race legs, while also providing Achilles protection. The breathable, thin, moisture-wicking construction keeps feet blister free, and the built in arch support helps to reduce fatigue by promoting blood flow out of the foot. (http://zootsports.com)

4. AIR 2.0 Lady Tight 3/4 by Gore Running Apparel — When you look good, you feel good. Gore Running Apparel fully understands and embraces this philosophy. With a full rainbow of color options available for the AIR 2.0 Lady Tight, you’ll have a hard time choosing just one. But the colors aren’t the most sumptuous aspect — the stretchability, wearability, fit and feel of the fabric is soft and subtle. Engineered specifically for running, the cooling and venting design crafted from microfiber fabric aids in temperature regulation and breathability. The flat-lock seam detailing works with your figure to contour and flatter your backside, finished with subtle reflective touches on the hem. (www.goreapparel.com)

5. Wink Hydration Pack by Ultimate Direction — Staying hydrated during any race is important. Staying hydrated in a multi-leg or multi-day race is crucial. The Wink Hydration Pack by Ultimate Direction offers an impressive 70-ounce (2 liter) reservoir, conveniently accessed by the HyperFlow bite valve. The visually appealing, women-specific pack was designed for the smaller torso of a female. Petite in size, not in features, the 100 percent BPA-free pack has easily accessible shoulder strap pockets and plenty of room for your energy bars, phone and rain jacket in the main storage pocket. The ventilation provided by the 3D AirMesh back panel and shoulder straps keeps you cool and comfortable during your entire run. (www.ultimatedirection.com)

6. XR Mission W by Salomon — These stunners will have you sprinting toward the finish line in style and comfort. The Ortholite dual density foot bed creates a cushioned landing and heel support. Conquer various terrain on these light yet stable trail runners. The XR Mission W precisely contours to various foot shapes thanks to Salomon’s Asymmetrical Sensiflex technology. The one-pull lacing system will have you reaching for these breathable beauties on race day and every day. (www.salomon.com)

Stage 3: Through the darkness

Running through darkness is a wild and invigorating experience. Having your outfit dialed in will allow you to freely frolic with confidence and courage.

1. LiteBelt 100 by GoMotion — Evening runs can be exciting and a bit scary. Actually being able to see the route will allow you to charge the trail with confidence. Illuminate the path with the LiteBelt100 by GoMotion. The bright light beams from your midsection, rather than your head, keeping the light more stable and less jarring. The 100-lumen light is powered by three AA batteries, with an adjustable beam angle and flood to spotlight beam option, while two flashing tail lights keep you visible and safe from the rear. The breathable padded belt offers two storage pockets, with reflective touches to keep you safe and comfortable during the nighttime leg of your race. (http://gomotiongear.com)

2. QuickDraw Plus by Nathan — For a short leg in your race, a handheld water bottle can allow you to carry just the right amount of water without weighing you down. This QuickDraw Plus by Nahan can carry 22 ounces of liquid in the easy-to-squeeze TruFlex bottle. The hand strap is fully adjustable and allows for grip-free running, while the storage pocket expands to allow room for your phone, gels and blocks. With six colors to choose from, you can be as bright or demure as you desire. (www.nathansports.com)

3. Lillehammer Leggings by Tasc Performance — Slipping into these leggings, you may momentarily think that you accidentally put your pajamas back on. The soft and luxurious bamboo fabric feels incredibly smooth and silky against your skin. It’s hard to believe that such a supple and comfortable piece could deliver such high performance. The Lillehammer Leggings by Tasc are crafted of the company’s performance jersey fabric, a moisture wicking, anti-odor, breathable creation composed of bamboo fabric that receives a BamCo finishing process. The thick waistband is figure flattering and stays put during your entire run, although you’ll probably end up wearing these as often as you can justify. (www.tascperformance.com)

4. Impact Thermal 1/2 Zip by New Balance — The Impact Thermal 1/2 Zip by New Balance combines two of our favorite things: coffee and thumbholes. The NB Heat technology uses eco-friendly coffee grinds to deliver a fabric that increases the surface temperature of the skin by approximately two degrees. This thermal warmth paired with built-in thumb holes will keep you cozy and comfortable on and off the trail. This crisp, bright and flattering piece is perfect as a second layer, the long zipper allowing for easy temperature regulation. (www.newbalance.com)

5. Lesko Shimmel Tank by Oiselle — While the Lesko Shimmel tank by Oiselle isn’t guaranteed to make you run faster, it sure will make you look cuter. The stylish, fashion-forward piece could easily be mistaken for a lifestyle piece, but the top is ready and willing to get sweaty. The micropoly material keeps you feeling fresh and odor-free. The built-in shelf bra has high compression that offers full support, yet remains breathable and cool. Speaking of cool, for those whose passion for running is shared by their significant other, Oiselle offers custom-designed bridal running gowns, so you can run your way down the aisle. (www.oiselle.com)

6. Women’s PHD Run Light Micro by Smartwool — Wool that’s smartly and responsibly crafted into quality garments is what SmartWool has been creating for 17 years. The Women’s PDH Run Light Micro sock is a perfect example. The sock is lightly cushioned for a comfortable ride, with Realiwool technology employed in the high-density impact zones. The sock stays in place, thanks to the 4-Degree Elite Fit System, ensuring a blister-free race. The moisture-managing properties of the merino wool, along with the mapped ventilation system, keep your feet dry and happy. (www.smartwool.com)

7. Women’s PureCadence 2 by Brooks — Forgetting that you’re even wearing shoes might be the best compliment one could give to a running shoe. The PureCadence2 by Brooks achieves just that. The lean and light construction hugs your foot and offers unparalleled flexibility. The responsive midsole molds to each runner’s size and stride. The lower offset encourages proper form for those with back issues, while the split toe box allows the big toe to function independently, aiding in balance. The Nav Band that wraps over the instep provides a snug fit, not to mention looking darn snappy. These appealing and attractive road shoes might quickly become your everyday, all-day shoes. (www.brooksrunning.com)

Hiking with dogs in Summit County: trail and leash etiquette for dogs and hikers

August 30, 2013 — 

Learn about leash regulations for local hiking trails and other areas around Summit County

As the sunny summer weather continues, the more people will want to be out and about, taking advantage of Summit County’s miles and miles of trails, especially during the long Labor Day weekend. For many, spending time outdoors involves spending time with pets, taking them out of the backyard and out on those same trails. But what are the restrictions regarding hiking with dogs in Summit County?

Dogs are great hiking companions and inarguably part of any Summit County outdoor occasion. Visitors, too, love to bring their pups along and give them a taste of mountain living. While it’s perfectly acceptable to bring a four-legged companion along on an outdoor occasion, it’s also important to remember that there are rules in place to ensure the safety everyone involved — people, pets and wildlife.

Leashing your pet

A leash is a hiking essential since it is the easiest and most effective way to control a dog. Dogs are welcome in all Summit County downtowns, as long as they are on a leash which is being controlled by their owner. Dragging leashes won’t do it, said Frisco service officer Seth Blackmer, the leash must be under the owner’s control.

In addition to downtown streets, leashes on dogs are a must in any alleyways, town parks, cemeteries, marinas, etc. This includes the Frisco Adventure Day Park, Frisbee golf course and the peninsula.

Dogs found at large will be brought to the Summit County Animal Shelter in Frisco. Pick-up requires proof of license, proof of vaccinations including rabies shots, as well as payment of a fine.

Designated wilderness areas also require dogs to be leashed at all times. There are two such areas in Summit County — the Eagle’s Nest wilderness area and the Ptarmigan Peak wilderness area, both north of Interstate 70.

“The one thing we try to emphasize in the wilderness is the safety of the dog and the safety of other people,” said Ken Waugh, staff officer at the Dillon Ranger District.

Dogs caught off leash in the wilderness areas will incur a $125 fine for their owners.

Other wilderness dangers

The law is also in place to protect the wildlife in the area, added Cindy Ebbert, wilderness, trails, dispersed recreation manager for the Dillon Ranger District.

“Within our wilderness area, that’s our highest level of protection for Forest Service lands, so we’re also trying to protect the wildlife in there,” she said. “We really don’t want dogs chasing other animals within a wilderness area.”

Owners won’t want their dogs chasing wild animals either. Clashes with wildlife such as porcupines, moose, skunks and bears can leave dogs in bad shape, possibly even requiring medical attention.

Waugh also emphasized the importance of caution when hiking with dogs in wilderness areas due to the hunting season opening Sept. 1. The first group of hunters are archers, but caution is still of utmost importance, from now until the season ends in November. He recommends that owners tie a brightly colored kerchief on their dog’s collar, or take other actions to distinguish them as a domesticated pet and not a wild animal.

Within sight and voice control

Outside of town limits and the two designated wilderness areas, when you go hiking with dogs, leashes on trails are not required. What is required is that dogs remain within voice command distance of owners. It’s best that dogs also remain in sight.

“You have to be able to see your dog in order to control it,” Waugh said.

While dogs may wander up and down the trail in these areas, common courtesy dictates that dogs should be by their owners’ sides when passing other people.

“The ideal situation is you’re out for a walk with your dog, … and (when) you see the people coming up the trail, you call the dog and you have the dog heel next to you,” Waugh said. “The dog is under control at that point until you pass those people and let the dog go out again. The main issue is safety, because a lot of people are fearful of dogs and people are out with their kids and don’t want them encountering (strange dogs).”

Dog owners should take particular care when encountering equestrians on the trail, as dogs may cause the horses to be skittish, which can endanger not only the rider but people on foot nearby as well.

“It’s just common sense. If you see horses, absolutely get your dog to your side and hold onto them,” Ebbert said. “Step off the trail and let the horses pass. That can create a safety issue for the people on the hose if a dog comes up and nips at a horse on a narrow trail.”

Just because leashes aren’t required doesn’t mean the idea shouldn’t be considered in other hiking places. A younger or newly trained dog that may not quickly or dependably respond to voice commands should be leashed no matter where they are. Visitors should also understand that a dog that is well-behaved in the city may not be as obedient on the trail.

“We love our pets and we like to think that they’re different and they’re going to obey us, but on the trails there are all kinds of random things that can happen that are different from a dog’s habit or their comfort (zone),” said Bob Cook, executive director of the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. “Things jump out, there are other dogs that they have some kind of a reaction to, that’s different because it’s not the same kind of relationships or patterns that they’re used to on their home walk. All those things, I think, are just (part of) being a good neighbor as well as being a good caretaker of your pet.”

Pick it up

Another important aspect of hiking with dogs trail etiquette is cleaning up after the animals. With such a high volume of people using the trail system, animal droppings can quickly become a problem if not dealt with. Many Breckenridge hiking trails have bag dispensers at the trail heads, although hikers are encouraged to bring their own in case a dispenser is empty. Once it’s bagged, it also has to be thrown away, which may necessitate taking the bag back into the car, not leaving it at the trailhead.

“It’s your responsibility to take it to a trash can somewhere,” Waugh said.

Originally published in the August 20, 2013 issue of the Summit Daily and regularly vetted for accuracy.

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