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Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Hike, MTN Town Magazine, Treks & Travels | 0 comments

Opus Hut – Ophir Colorado

Opus Hut – Ophir Colorado

If you haven’t traveled into the Colorado San Juan mountains it’s time to plan a trip. The Opus Hut is like a shining star of Nazareth perched in the middle of their craggy peaks. Each year my girlfriend Chance and I pick two adventure-based trips to conquer together. Typically these trips involve some type of challenging wilderness experience, like desert climbing, river or mountain based travel, but we had not discussed a winter off-piste ski trip since College. In my small mountain community of Ophir Colorado my neighbor, Bob Kingsley had a formidable dream of acquiring a mining claim and building a ski hut. After much research with the county assessor’s office in Telluride he found a claim and after a year of legalities was able to dig dirt. His goal was born out of his love of the mountain lifestyle, to turn people on to the mountain environment and travel. His guiding background and appreciation of the mountains was his driving force. Ultimately building the hut would bring him closer to the mountain...

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Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Bicycling, Gear, Hike, Shop, Skiing & Snowboarding | 0 comments

Camelbak Snoblast – MTN Town Gear Review

Camelbak Snoblast – MTN Town Gear Review

I was one lucky woman to receive a Camelbak Snoblast Hydration Pack as a gift for Christmas this past year. My old Camelbak was ancient and not suited for a variety of weather conditions. It was the first pack I could take out skiing with me that allowed me to keep my water from freezing up. From the moment I loaded it up I was impressed and it has served me well through the winter season and now into spring. Here is what I love about it:   It’s comfortable the straps are wide and padded nicely so they do not cut or bind when I wear lighter clothing. The also expand enough to go over my jacket and have a waist belt that I can use or remove. There is also a chest strap that easily adjusts for comfort by moving up and down on a cool nylon slide. It’s the ease of the slide that is so wonderful and it has not slipped once while wearing it...

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Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Bicycling, Hike, MTN Life, Shop, Skiing & Snowboarding | 0 comments

Mountain Outfitters Breckenridge CO – Let’s Shop!

Mountain Outfitters Breckenridge CO – Let’s Shop!

Starting this Saturday Mountain Outfitters​ in Breckenridge will open their doors for one of the areas best known sales around! Great Gear for Hiking & Camping   Expect discounts between 10% – 60% on their winter apparel, summer footwear, ski gloves, camping gear, climbing equipment, skis and ski boots.  Apparel for Men & Women Get ready for winter or stock up on the summer items you love!       Amazing Footwear Vists them this weekend for the Best Deals around! Mountain Outfitters –  Mon-Sat 10 am – 6 pm Sunday 10 am – 5 pm 112 S. Ridge St Breckenridge, CO 80424 Email: info@mtnoutfitters.com Website: www.mountainoutfitters.com​ ~Mtn Town Views Mtn Town Views is MTN Town Magazine‘s  journal blogging about Colorado’s mountain towns and resorts. Like us on Facebook and Follow onTwitter. Click the cover to read the Spring 2014 issue.© 2014 MTN Town Magazine. All rights reserved. Republication, in part or entirety, requires...

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Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Bicycling, Fishing, Golf, Hike, MTN Town Magazine, Treks & Travels, Water Sports | 0 comments

Grand Lake Colorado – A Wonderful Escape

Grand Lake Colorado – A Wonderful Escape

Tucked up against the mountains at the Western entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park is a little town with big appeal, Grand Lake. I am always surprised by the amount of people who are unaware of Grand Lake and everything it has to offer. This town is located at the headwaters of the Colorado River and is situated on the shores of Grand Lake, Colorado’s deepest natural body of water. The shores of this lake are beautiful with soaring mountains serving as the back drop to the clear pristine water lapping at the lakes edges. The lake is home to the world’s highest registered yacht club and is the perfect location to kayak, SUP, canoe and even water ski. There is a wonderful little swimming beach reached by the town’s boardwalk for those who don’t mind the cool waters. In addition to Grand Lake there are two other bodies of water positioned very close to one another, Shadow Mountain Lake and Lake Granby. One of the biggest draws of...

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Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Do, Events, Good, Hike | 0 comments

The North Face Speaker Series – Alpine Climber Conrad Anker in Breckenridge

The North Face Speaker Series – Alpine Climber Conrad Anker in Breckenridge

Conrad Anker will recount his incredible story of climbing in the world’s most extreme conditions to Breckenridge residents on October 12. In The Impossible Climb, presented by The North Face and The North Face Breckenridge Store, Anker will offer an inspirational look at the depths of human endurance and share his amazing journeys. Anker’s climbing career runs the gamut from Everest to Arctic big walls, but the vertical Sharks Fin on India’s Mount Meru pushed him the hardest. Demanding two grueling expeditions and a teeth-clenching dose of suffering, Meru was Conrad’s ultimate expedition. The VIP meet and greet reception will take place prior to the main event at The North Face Breckenridge Store, located at 322 South Main Street at 5:30PM. It’ll include premium seating, wine and beer, and hors d’oeuvres from The Briar Rose restaurant. All proceeds from the VIP reception will go to the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC). For more than 30-years, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) has provided life changing outdoor learning experiences to...

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Posted by on Sep 7, 2013 in Do, Hike, Treks & Travels | 0 comments

Precarious Peak and Copper Lake – Adventures with WestElkProject.com

Precarious Peak and Copper Lake – Adventures with WestElkProject.com

WestElkProject.com – A desire to do something new took me to the top of Precarious Peak in the Maroon Bells – Snowmass Wilderness in the Elk Mountains.  It was impressive to say the least, so we’ll just start with that.  What will be much harder to describe (and definitely cliché-sounding) is the constant feeling of elation that I felt as I walked through scenes of green aspen groves, cold creek crossings, dark timber, and high rocky peaks where tufts of shedded mountain goat hair clung to my hand hold above 13,000 feet. The ridiculous-looking “Spider Face” off of White Rock On Saturday morning I left the Copper Creek TH at 8:30 AM with my friend Tom Runcie.  We had spoken about “getting on top of something high” while at work the previous week, I guess hanging out on ladders painting big houses can do that to a man.  We made the decision at the cars we would try to hike up Precarious Peak (13,380 ft), or really we just...

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