Day Trip to Shelf Road – The Gem Wall

Day Trip to Shelf Road – The Gem Wall

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Rock Climbing, United States
A few weekends ago, Christian, our friend Martha, and I headed down to Shelf Road for a day trip. While it was slightly late season, we figured if we found a shady wall we might be able to squeeze one last trip in. We decided to check out The Gem Wall, which is part of the Vault, for some 5.10-5.12 climbing. For most people, you can chase the shade and climb at Shelf Road well into May, but I usually call it quits mid April because of the wildlife. The bees and wasps at Shelf become quite plentiful as it gets warmer and I'm not sure I want to find out what a trip to a Canon City hospital is like. Anyways, it was a good call because weather was…
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Best Dog Park in Denver | Chatfield State Park

Best Dog Park in Denver | Chatfield State Park

Colorado, Dog Friendly
Savannah Dog is a big fan of dog parks. She loves to run, to romp with other dogs and to jump face first into giant mud puddles. She's also a huge fan of running off leash with her people. So, it's really no surprise that after visiting the Chatfield State Park Dog Park, she's rated it as the best dog park in Denver. [caption id="attachment_230" align="alignnone" width="1000"] You can pick the $2 permit up at the front gate. It's good for one dog handler and up to three dogs.[/caption] This dog park is more than just a dog park, it's a fenced in dog trail that offers paved and dirt paths, big ponds, mud puddles, trees, bushes, flowers and pretty much everything and anything a dog loves. It's well maintained and…
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Equestrian Trail | Chatfield State Park

Equestrian Trail | Chatfield State Park

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Hiking, United States
[caption id="attachment_214" align="alignnone" width="1000"] We entered the park from the east and got to see a lot of the park on the way to the trail.[/caption] The Equestrian Trail is an unpaved, 3.2 mile round trip hike at Chatfield State Park in Littleton, Colorado. The trail itself is relatively flat, with only 95 feet of elevation gain. It has sweeping views of the park itself and the Indian Peak Mountains, and is open to hikers, bikers and horses. We hiked this trail on a stormy day in early May and the views were still quite nice. There were a few bikers, but mostly foot traffic. We, sadly, didn't see any horses. The trail was relatively dry when we hiked it, but I would imagine that it becomes a mud pit quite…
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Weekend Getaway | Sport Climbing at Shelf Road

Weekend Getaway | Sport Climbing at Shelf Road

Colorado, Rock Climbing, Traveling, Trip Report
A weekend getaway is sometimes just what you need to keep your weekend warrior sanity. [caption id="attachment_87" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Christian, Amber and Derek hiking into the Vault at Shelf Road[/caption] This past weekend, Christian and I jumped into the car with Savannah and headed down for a two-day weekend adventure on the Shelf Road limestone sport climbing cliffs located just outside of Canon City. We met up with two new climbing partners and spent Saturday at the Vault. We expected to find crowds of climbers and burning sunshine. Instead, we were greeted with a photogenic blanket of clouds and a crag all to ourselves. It's amazing that on a super crowded weekend, when every single campsite was taken and every single parking lot was overflowing, we were still able to find…
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Weekend Getaway | Crack Climbing at Indian Creek

Weekend Getaway | Crack Climbing at Indian Creek

Rock Climbing, Traveling, Trip Report, Utah
"Every time we talk about this, it makes it harder to go to work on Monday morning..." His words describe a feeling I know all to well and were in response to a simple joke. I laughed at him as he huddled over a camping stove in the middle of a Moab city park, while he cooked us rice and beans for the 5 hour drive home. "We use to romanticize about the day we'd be cooking rice and beans out of the back of our van and here it is" I joked. But the truth is, we loved every moment of it. Even our dog, Savannah, laid in the sun with her tongue wagging smile, watching us as we tossed a Frisbee near by. Content with being in that moment, accompanying us…
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