It’s always important to stay comfortable while running, even when the weather is frigid. The key to cold-weather running is conserving energy. If you’re not dressed well enough, your body will waste energy trying to stay warm. If you wear too many layers, your body will experience excess heat and you’ll sweat like a pig.
Too many layers is the problem I often see here — way too many runners overdress for winter running. On a cool morning, I might wear shorts, a light jacket, gloves and a beanie. Many of the other runners I see on the trail that day are dressed like they would be comfortable on Mount Everest.
Your body naturally produces heat while you’re running, so you don’t need the same
GUNNISON NATIONAL FOREST • The cold never stops invading, kept at bay only by the constantly burning wood stove. The World War II-era metal bunks creak at every muscle twitch. Smoke from the stove reddens the eyes. Someone, it seems, is always snoring.
And at 11,800 feet in the San Juan Mountains, locked in winter’s frozen embrace outside our canvas haven, we’re having a blast.
This is the yurt experience.
For most people, an overnight ski or snowshoe trip in Colorado means staying in a cabin such as the 10th Mountain Division huts, which range in luxury from basic bunkhouses to extravagant lodges with saunas and running water. But peppered around the high country are lesser-known yurt systems.
There’s something special about stepping in a river surrounded by snow-covered pines.
With all of the recent powder and subfreezing temperatures, now is a great time to share tips for tackling winter fishing. Safety is the main concern when dealing with ice, and there are also some tricks to staying comfortable and making the experience more enjoyable.
Never underestimate the power of nature. Always tell a friend or family member where you’re going and provide some kind of timetable for your return, especially if you know a storm front is on the way.
Try not to stray far from your vehicle. When temps are below freezing, even a half-mile walk from where you fell in the river is life-threatening.
Continuing an On The Fly tradition, this month’s column is dedicated to holiday gift ideas for the angler(s) in your life.
Do you know fly-fishermen who aspire to learn how to tie flies so that they can catch fish on something that they made? Do you know someone who’s already an experienced tyer but could use some nice gear? Here are my top five gift ideas for fly-tyers:
Charlie Craven is a well-respected Colorado tyer who’s created patterns – JuJu Baetis, JuJuBee Midge, Charlie Boy Hopper, Blue Poisen Tung and Two Bit Hooker, to name a few – with which you might have fished. Craven’s book, “Basic Fly Tying,” has been available for a few years and remains one of the better-illustrated and better- written
Accomplished mountaineer Luis Benitez gained an insider’s perspective on the outdoors at a young age, growing up in a family for whom it was both passion and profession, on two continents.
The love for climbing comes from his Ecuadorean father, whose family ranch in the Andes north of Quito – the world’s highest capital city – was where Benitez spent his summers as a youth. During the school year, he returned to St. Louis, where his maternal grandfather owned a sporting goods store.
“I was introduced to both sides of the coin at a pretty early age,” said Benitez, who brings that background, as well as his own experience, to his job heading up the newly created Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. He was appointed to
In the old days of skiing, you bought a pass for one area and that’s where you skied.
Welcome to the new days of skiing. This season, more than ever, ski passes are all about options.
Monarch Mountain’s season pass now includes skiing at Copper Mountain, Winter Park and Steamboat Springs, and the Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus is good for those three ski areas and three days at Monarch. The Vail Resorts Epic Pass gives skiers access to 12 mountains.
And if you’re the parent of a fifth- or sixth-grader, wax up those skis. A whole season of free skiing awaits the kids.
But don’t wait until the lifts are running or you might be left out in the cold of the lift ticket line.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Colorado wildlife officials might soon reiterate their opposition to wolves being reintroduced to the state.
The state Parks and Wildlife Commission on Friday considered a draft resolution that would reaffirm positions the commission took in the 1980s, reported the Grand Junction Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1YpoCzx).
The resolution expresses concern about the impact wolves and grizzly bears would have Colorado’s livestock, wildlife and human welfare. Wildlife officials decided to revisit the issue after the governors of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico sent a letter to federal officials opposing recovery plans for the Mexican wolf.
Bowflex has designed a system to help keep your workout area neat and convenient. Instead of a bunch of dumbbells littering the space, weightlifting enthusiasts can change the resistance of one set of dumbbells from 5 pounds to 52.5 pounds with the spin of a dial.
Where to buy: Bowflex.com, Amazon.com
– TRX HOME GYM
This is perfect for the traveling fitness junkie or somebody who doesn’t have time to get to the gym every day. The kit includes two suspension anchors, a workout guide and six digital workout videos. The method is simple: Use your bodyweight and gravity to do more than 300 exercises.
If your loved ones are happiest outdoors, there’s at least one item worth buying time and again: wool socks.
Seriously. They’re warm, even when wet. They wick perspiration better than almost any other fabric. They can be worn for several days before permafunk sets in.
But if you’re covered in that department, consider the following list for something that is sure to please. Outdoors gear can be expensive, of course, so it pays to do a little comparison shopping, but each of these items is worth the expense, in our opinion.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Annual Park Pass
Few gifts will be more welcome than a year of free parks.