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8 Rules For Hiking In The Summer

8 Rules For Hiking In The Summer

Summer is the preferred time for hiking for the majority of hikers, not only because of the sun and warmth, but also because the daylight hours are longer. The summer season is usually vacation time and hikers can spend more time hiking and exploring old and new trails for longer. But when the temperatures start rising into the triple digits, most people prefer to stay at home safe and away from the scorching heat. There are ways though that you can continue enjoying hiking even when the temperatures are so high that you feel like crawling into your freezer instead. 

Here are 8 basic rules for hiking in the summer, which if you follow closely will allow you to actually enjoy and survive hiking even in the hottest days of the year:

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Career or Life Change? Take a Hike!

Career or Life Change? Take a Hike!

In a recent TED Talk, Anthropologist Amber Case talks about how technology is evolving us. She shares her concern about the psychological effects of the ambivalent relationship we have with our digital devices. “What I’m really worried about is that people aren’t taking time for mental reflection anymore.” Says Case.   

So true. I witness many of my friends and colleagues rush through life and lose perspective of what’s important to them. It’s easy to lose sight of what matters most to us. Moreover, our needs, goals and desires change over time. That’s exactly why I urge you to unplug and “take a hike!”

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Mount Elbert, I Do

Mount Elbert, I Do

We were sitting on a couple of small boulders on the edge of the trail, just past the first true false summit on the trek up Mt Elbert, pausing for just a moment to catch our breath.  This was becoming a trend - hike up 20 feet, stop, catch our breath, repeat. Josh said it best, Mt Elbert is a rollercoaster of emotions, luckily we tended to ebb at different points of the climb, so one of us was always feeling okay.   

Little did I know I was climbing for more than just the views. 

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Quit Your Job and Crush Peaks

Quit Your Job and Crush Peaks

It was July. From my office window, I could see the impossibly blue Texas sky and imagine how hot it was outside the comforts of air conditioning. The high was 99 for the day – a typical summer. On days like this, I pine for the cooler alpine climes.   

That’s when I got an email from Spencer Madden (http://mountainobsession.com). It read, “Hey Sherpa Bill! Spence from Mountain Obsession here. I am starting an adventure after quitting my corporate job. I will be down in Sept crushing 14ers.”   Spence did what many of us only wish we have the courage to do. He quit his corporate job and set off on an adventure of a lifetime.  

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Minding Our Trails: A Conversation with Colorado Fourteeners Initiative’s Executive Director

Minding Our Trails: A Conversation with Colorado Fourteeners Initiative’s Executive Director

Twenty-one years ago, when CFI just came into being, there were only two planned trails – Pikes Peak and the Keyhole Route on Longs Peak. Now the organization plans to raise approximately $30 million to keep all 14er trails maintained/restored.   

So when I had the chance to sit down with Lloyd Athearn, CFI’s Executive Director and man in charge for the past 6 years, I took it. Here’s what I learned. 

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Gratitude for Mountain SAR (From the Author of "Exposed: Tragedy & Triumph in Mountain Climbing")

Gratitude for Mountain SAR (From the Author of

With Labor Day now behind us, many Colorado 14er hikers will be hanging up their hiking boots for the year. The summer hiking season has satisfied their urge to connect with nature while challenging their tired legs to again carry them up to the summit of one of Colorado’s 58 14,000 foot peaks. This is also a good time to express our gratitude to a tireless group of volunteers on our various Search and Rescue (SAR) teams across the state.

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Three Apps That Hikers Can Rely On

Three Apps That Hikers Can Rely On

Whether you’re a new hiker or a veteran, a good hike takes time to plan out thoroughly. Thanks to the advent of smartphones, planning hikes is now much easier, as apps are more than capable of assisting users in every step of their trip. If you’re a smartphone user, here are three apps that you might want to carry around on your next big adventure.

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8 Things to Think About Before Your Hike (These Can Make or Break Your Trip)

8 Things to Think About Before Your Hike (These Can Make or Break Your Trip)

We were enjoying a quiet morning in a small Swiss town of Grindelwald and talking to our new friend Luca as he praised the beauties of the First - Platte Schynige trail. I remember my easily excited friend Peter almost shouting, "Dude, let's go right now, today." And we did, later that day we were on one of the most demanding trails in the Alps.

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An Interview With an All Peak Designer – Amanda Hamilton

An Interview With an All Peak Designer – Amanda Hamilton

Our designs are pretty sweet. We strive to keep them casual, fun and one-of-a kind. The handful of designers we use are super-talented - David Hummel (San Diego, CA), Eric Emerson (Durango, CO) and Amanda Hamilton (Grapevine, TX). For a little insight into design inspiration and the people behind the scenes, here's a short Q&A with one of our team members, Amanda. 

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