Name: Austen Doherty
What were some activities you did? Snowboarding
Where was your adventure Winter Park CO
What did you do?
A bunch of us Midwesterners decided that we wanted to get some good pictures while snowboarding out in Winter Park so the First of three days of snowboarding we wanted to go to the top of mountain. So we took the super gauge express lift to 11,000 feet then we took the columbine run to the panoramic express lift, which brought us up to about 12,000 feet. We took our pictures in front of the coveted North Cone 12,060 foot marker, we then sat and enjoyed the scenery. After talking to a few locals about the difficulty of the terrain in the Cirque basin, we decided that we could handle it. We then let our egos guide us right past the experts only sign then began our voyage to the basin drop-ins. We hiked for what seemed like an eternity, snowboards on our back. Our midwestern lungs were giving all they had in the thin Colorado air, and we were down to out tshirts in a matter of minutes. The total walk was roughly a mile according to my GPS. Upon arriving at the drop-in points that would get us into the South basin we watched a handful of skiers make it down and another handful yard sales all over the mountain side. One of the guys in our group let peer pressure get the best of him and decided to drop in and become one the unlucky souls sending skis, hats and gloves all over the snow. After seeing this the rest of us came to our senses and started the journey back to some non expert level terrain. We were able to flag down a snow cat that we didn’t have passes for to give us a ride back. We wasted about 4 hours of snowboarding but the views were well worth it. The snow gods were good to us though as the following day we got a foot of powder and had some of the best conditions you could ask for. All in All Winter park is an amazing resort and has a lot less people that some of the bigger name resorts. I would recommend it to anyone.
Personal I learned that you should know your limits especially when going form the midwest to Colorado and if a guy smoking a joint at the top of a mountain tells you you should be fine in the experts only area don't believe him.
Submitted by: @ausdoherty
A few friends of mine and I decided to take some time off from our snowboarding in Winter Park to visit a friend in Boulder, Co. This friend said that she was going to take us on a hike in a spot that she loved, this spot was the Flatirons. We parked at Chautauqua Park then proceeded down the Chautauqua trail that lead to the bluebell mesa trail, then to the 1st/2nd flat iron trail. The Chautauqua trail was a long open trail that stretched across some open grassland. The bluebell mesa trail went through some grassland but lead into some beautiful pine forest. The last stretch before the summit was the 1st/2nd flat iron trail. For those of you that may be afraid of doing some climbing or are afraid of heights this might the point where you want to turn around. There were some beautiful views throughout and plenty of point you could stop and get great pictures of the 2nd flatiron. We saw many people rock climbing on the way up which was interesting sight, being from Chicago. We had to climb over some pretty large rocks which required us to help each other over but we prevailed. Once we finally reached the summit there was some unbelievable views of both boulder and the Rocky Mountains. The way back down was much easier. The trail was very populated and in many places, there were people passing in both directions. Also be prepared because most the trail isn’t flat, so wear some hiking boots its slick and uneven in many spots.
I learned that its not always smart to go before you're fully acclimated to the altitude. We are all in very good shape but were exhausted after the hike.
If you're looking for a good day hike when visiting Boulder this is the perfect spot
Name : Daniel Jack
What were some activities you did? Motor sports
Where was your adventure: Hatfield Wisconsin
What did you do?
We were blasting down a trail in UTV on nice clear day after a night of heavy rain on Memorial day weekend when we came up on this hog of a snapping turtle in the middle of a remote section of trail.
We had a blast on this trip as we do every time we visit the Blackriver Falls area of Wisconsin to do some trail riding.