Maybe it was because I came from the sprawl, that I saw first-hand the woods where I played chase as a kid get scraped up into subdivisions, that I felt an even more urgent passion to try to save the few wild open spots we have left.
We are into the heat of summer—time to go higher. The 2014 July-August Climbing and Beer issue of Elevation Outdoors is here. In this annual special we combine two of the things Colorado is best known for—rock and craft brewing for our most action-packed issue of the year.
UpaDowna began with the mantra “Up a Mountain, Down a Beer” celebrating the tradition of enjoying a tasty craft beer after a hard days work climbing, hiking, skiing, mountaineering, etc. UpaDowna has a deeper meaning now, embracing their entire community (including those under drinking age) and finding new ways to get folks outdoors.
I was always jealous of the kids ripping the rec path from Copper Mountain down to Frisco where I lived, watching them in shock and awe as they sped along without helmets or pads, wondering what would drive someone to take such chances.
Crested Butte is the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado” and offers endless events, festivals and activities all summer long. Between hiking, biking, fishing and rafting, unique local shopping, vibrant art galleries and fun events, there is always something to do here.