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  • 15 of the Most Iconic Hikes in the World 20180215_kilimanjaro

    At the A-Lodge, we get travelers from all over the world coming to Colorado to enjoy the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains. We thought we would help showcase a classic list of the most epic trails on the planet, as our guests seem to be good at getting around! There are snowy summit trips for fleet-footed peak-baggers, long and leisurely rambles for wildlife lovers, and everything in between. Enjoy and feel free to tag us if you have pictures and posts from these bucket list adventures! 1. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania One of the planet’s Seven Summits, 19,341-foot Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain on Earth—and Africa’s loftiest peak. Despite the distinction, the glaciated summit is accessible courtesy of a number of a non-technical routes, leading climbers through five distinctly different climate zones. On the path to Uhuru Peak, trekkers traverse a lowland rainforest inhabited by colobus and blue monkeys, ascend the scrubby montane moorland of the Shira Plateau, cross hulking glaciers, and catch glimpses of the megafauna-loaded grasslands of Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. At basecamp, vividly colored tents dot an unearthly moonscape, and climbers rest in the shadow of toothy 16,893-foot Mawenzi. 2. Table Mountain, South Africa While the flat-topped mesa[…]

  • The 10 Best Hikes in Boulder jkszl5xchzx6zgmujfgg

    It’s no secret that Boulder boasts a wealth of top-notch hiking. The foothills and mountains above town represent the eastern terminus of the Rocky Mountains, rising up to elevations more than 8,000 feet—meaning a great workout is almost guaranteed if you’re starting from Boulder, which is roughly 5,400 feet above sea level. Meanwhile, the mesas and plains in east Boulder offer mellow terrain rich in history and ancient geology. Here, a look at 10 of the best day hikes in Boulder—once you’ve knocked these off the list, there are many others to discover! For detailed maps and directions, check out Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks website. 1. Mount Sanitas Difficulty: Moderate Time to Hike: 2 hours Mount Sanitas is a favorite among locals for both its views and ability to provide a serious workout. Notice evidence of the Sunshine Canyon fire from March 2017. James Tiffin Jr. It’s easy to see why Mount Sanitas is Boulder’s most popular mountain. Despite a modest elevation of 6,843 feet, this beloved hike is a real-deal workout with more than 1,300 feet of elevation gain. Spacious views of Boulder, sprawling plains, and Denver to the east are complemented by the dramatic panorama of[…]

  • Fishing at the A-Lodge Fish the A-Lodge

    Taking Your Kids Fishing at the Boulder A-Lodge You’ll never have trouble finding fun things to do when staying at the Boulder A-Lodge. From bluegrass jam sessions to skiing and world-class dining to rock climbing, there is more than enough to keep you busy during your stay. Just be sure to set aside some time for bonding with your youngsters. It’ll make your trip more enjoyable and give your kids plenty of memories to cherish forever. There are a number of family-friendly opportunities at A-Lodge, but few are as well-suited for parent-child bonding as fly fishing. Fourmile Creek runs right through the A-Lodge property and provides a perfect location to introduce your child to the sport. And remember: While spending a few hours on the water with your child will give you a chance to hang out with your son or daughter in a picturesque setting, it may also spark a love of fishing, which is a positive, constructive and healthy hobby that often lasts for decades. But if you want to ensure your child has a good time, you’ll have to embrace a few tips and tricks. Otherwise, you’ll likely have more challenges and problems than successes, which may[…]

  • Clear Creek Canyon Rock Climbing Clear Creek Canyon Rock Climbing

    Intro Clear Creek Canyon in Golden is about 40 minutes from Boulder. As a sibling to Boulder Canyon, the rock climbing here is less established but offers a bit more variety in terms of rock —  gneiss, schist and sandy granite are all present, most of it relatively solid. Because the canyon is about 12 miles long, there are over 700 established routes and many of the areas feature specific types of climbing. Sport and trad are both to be found, but bolted routes far outnumber trad lines. What Makes It Great Difficulties run the full gamut, from 5.0 to 5.14, with the majority of routes favoring more difficult climbs over 5.10. Pitch length can vary, from single pitch sport routes to multi-pitch lines over 600 feet. In other words, there’s something for everyone. The climbs at the top of the canyon are tougher to reach and in some cases, require the use of tyrolean traverses. Knocking off a good project in Clear Canyon likely means topping out on 5.10 and tougher climbs. Overall, Clear Canyon caters more to advanced intermediate and expert climbers. Who is Going to Love It Climbers of all abilities, but dedicated intermediates and advanced climbers[…]

  • 5 Great Mountain Bike Rides Near Boulder Betasso connector

    With winter dwindling, mountain biking season is here! Boulder has a bounty of lower elevation trails that you can ride all year long and are in premo shape! Take to two wheels and explore the beautiful scenery that is so distinct to the foothills, with rocky outcroppings, rolling grasslands, and ponderosa pine forests. Stealing local Boulder legend Ryan Van Duzer’s tagline, GET OUT THERE!!! Here are five can’t-miss mountain bike rides near Boulder. Drive to these trailheads, or pedal all the way from home to earn the right to add “super” to the name of your ride (aka Super Walker, Super Hall, Super Heil, etc.). 1. Betasso Preserve Betasso’s trails are easy on beginners who want to sharpen their skills. Avery Stonich Betasso Preserve is a great trail system with flowy singletrack that can make beginning riders feel like superheroes. The main part of the preserve has two loops—the 3.3-mile Canyon Loop and the 2.4-mile Benjamin Loop, which are linked by a 0.75-mile connection. Both loops are easy-going moderate trails that roll along hillside contours, with some not-too-painful climbs. A huge plus about Betasso is that it’s easy to ride straight from home. The 1.3-mile Betasso Link is a steep, rocky trail[…]

  • Cat Skiing in Colorado: What to Know and Where to Go 201612 BoulderColorado BackcountrySkiing Image4 Shredding AveryStonich IMG 8385

    Here’s the deal with cat skiing (and snowboarding) in Colorado—you don’t have to be a total shredder. But you do have to be ready to shred. Cat skiing delivers you the bounties of the backcountry with the potential for fresh tracks all day, so say goodbye to those lift lines. What could be better? (Well, maybe a helicopter, but that’s bound to break the bank.) Whether you’re a cat skiing virgin or are just looking for new places to check out, here’s all the beta you need to know. What’s the deal? Cat skiing is backcountry skiing without having to hike or decide on terrain. Take a snowcat (a grooming machine that also has a cabin) up, hop out when you get to the top, and bounce down fresh tracks until your tongue is lapping at your chin. Then do it again. It’s a hoot. But it’s also serious business—backcountry skiing is backcountry skiing. Full stop. You have to listen to your guides, carry avalanche gear, and be ready for variable conditions. Most cats hold 12 people plus a couple of guides (usually a lead and a sweep). In some cases, operators can split the group into different skill levels,[…]

  • A Quick and Dirty Guide to Skiing and Snowboarding Near Boulder

    Boulder isn’t technically a ski town, but with eight world-class ski resorts within two hours, it’s a suitable launching point for getting out and ripping lift-accessed turns. Eldora is a short drive away and holds a special place in Boulderites’ hearts as the local ski hill. Farther afield, world-class resorts line the I-70 corridor and are within reach for a day trip—just beware of traffic and try to avoid peak travel times. Better yet, make a weekend of it so you can relax into the mountain lifestyle—including drinking in the après scene. Inspired to hit the slopes? Here’s all you need to know about skiing and snowboarding near Boulder. Eldora Mountain Resort A quick 40-minute drive up Boulder Canyon and through Nederland, Eldora Mountain Resort is Boulder’s backyard ski hill—perfect for a last-minute powder day or knocking out a few runs before work. Eldora’s terrain keeps all levels of skiers and snowboarders grinning, from tiny tots making turns for the first time to rad rippers who charge down steeps and through tight trees. Best of all, Eldora is one of the few ski resorts in Colorado that maintains a homespun feel. Lunch in the lodge is about chowing down calories rather[…]

  • Lake City Ice Park – Ice Climbing s8nvr3qfxczj94g6lnic

    Intro Lake City’s first brush with fame came in 1875, when guide Alferd Packer notoriously returned to town after wintering over in the remote backcountry—having eaten the rest of his prospecting party. The sensational tale is memorialized in the Hinsdale County Museum and at a “Packer Bar” (featuring images of both a football player from Green Bay and the infamous Alferd) on Silver Street, but don’t worry: the guides you’ll run into at Lake City Ice Park are more likely to offer you a turn on their ropes than to cannibalize you. Much of the town shuts down in winter, but a small grocery store and a couple of bars stay open to supply the growing stream of ice climbers. Who is Going to Love It The climbing at Lake City Ice Park is suited for climbers of all ability levels, though knowledge of climbing systems is a must for at least one member of any party in order to safely lead or set topropes. Groups with less experience are in luck: you can hire a guide to show you the ropes. Anyone who leaves the parking area should be equipped with a helmet to protect from falling ice, and you’ll[…]

  • See it All in 48 Hours: A Winter Guide to Crested Butte/Gunnison 20171114-Colorado-Crested Butte- town

    Despite all the amazing adventure activities to be had in Boulder, sometimes we have to break out of the bubble. Crested Butte has more historic Old West charm than you can shake a ski pole at. Its one of our favorite Colorado adventure destinations, so we decided to include a 48 hour guide to your CB adventure! Residents work hard to maintain its flair and authenticity. Its truly an off-the-beaten-path Colorado adventure destination, unlike many resort towns found on major highways like I-70. You have to be seeking Crested Butte out to make it to this mountain oasis. One look at the snow capped Elk Mountain range and it’s easy to see why the slopes of Crested Butte enjoy legendary status as some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. The smorgasbord of winter fun just begins on the slopes. There’s lots to do in this winter wonderland: snowshoe & cross-country ski trails, snow tubing, ice fishing, fat biking, and an extensive web of snowmobiling trails. And did we mention dog sledding? To maximize time, book a stay at one of the several “ski in/ski out” accommodations that are available. Axtel Condominiums is located in Village Center at[…]

  • 6 Stellar Hot Springs in Colorado The 8.5-mile hike to Conundrum Hot Springs outside of Aspen is well worth it.

    Colorado is bubbling with hot springs, fed by water that is naturally heated by the geothermal energy of the Earth. After a day on the trail or ski slope, there’s nothing better than soaking in a steamy pool, soothing your aching muscles. Don’t let the smell deter you. These sulfur waters are rich in minerals that have natural detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving properties, which will leave you feeling like a million bucks. Check out these particularly lovely hot spots scattered throughout the state. 1. Mount Princeton Hot Springs In Nathrop, between Salida and Buena Vista, Mount Princeton Hot Springs is a fun getaway for the whole family. Pick your pleasure—a 105-degree soaking pool, 90-degree exercise pool, 75-degree swimming pool with a 400-foot waterslide, three Japanese-style cascading pools, a quiet relaxation pool for adults only, or a cluster of natural shallow hot pools right in Chalk Creek. Tuck in for the night in guest rooms that range from cozy cabins to the Cliffside Hotel. The property also features a beautiful restaurant and spa. You may never want to leave. 2. Conundrum Hot Springs Conundrum Hot Springs. Pierce Martin You’ll have to hoof it 8.5 miles from Aspen to reach Conundrum Hot[…]