HEAD FOR THE MOUNTAINS!
“Head for the mountains” is both a call to ambitious mountain trail runners & a classic Busch Beer advertising slogan.
Our mountain culture often encourages extreme behavior (total immersion?), from athletic endeavors to night-time socializing in local watering holes.
Sometimes these activities converge over a single weekend. Traditionally the second weekend of September is the last hurrah of Summer before Fall equinox when the nights start to be longer than the days.
So of course, we mark this transition with a hearty combination of high-altitude running races & beer drinking festivals over the September 13 – 15 weekend in both Telluride, CO and Taos Ski Valley, NM.
Bootdoctors has advice and essential gear to help you have the best experience whether you are tipping back a stein or on your tiptoes running up the mountains.
First the advice. (For details on the weekend’s frivolities, skip to the bottom.)
Whether you are hammering the trail or getting hammered at a bar, altitude does indeed affect your performance.
To help you survive your efforts when raising a stein or racing against time, we have assembled some tips for high altitude running and funning.
First, let’s bust a couple myths:
Myth #1 – “There is less percentage of oxygen in high altitude air molecules.” Truth: The percentage of oxygen is the same: 21%. The problem is that due to 30% lower air pressure, molecules are farther apart. Thinner air means less oxygen in each breath.
Myth # 2 – “High altitude makes one drunker.” Truth: One’s BAC is the same as at lower altitude with the same ingestion of alcohol. However, the effects of altitude include dizziness, lightheadedness, unbalance, nausea and headache. Not surprisingly these symptoms feel a lot like intoxication effects.
So, how does one offset the effects of altitude on one’s performance from trail head to bar stool?
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
You often hear this from locals, whether in the context of exercise or imbibing, “Chug water before, during and after a workout and between every glass of alcohol.” Dry air at altitude causes sweat to dry quickly and reduces your body’s normal urge to drink. Use electrolytes to ensure assimilation of the water.
- Take it slow.
Everyone’s body reacts to altitude differently. Your body acclimates by making more red blood cells. This can take 3-4 days. Postpone running or alcohol for a few days if possible. Pace yourself. Walk before you run. Try a leisurely paced walk or run first. (even if you are trying to get to the head of the beer line!)
- Increase carbohydrate intake.
Indulge in your favorite snacks! Higher metabolism at higher altitude means your body needs more fat. So, go ahead, munch on those pretzels!
Slowly move uphill. They recommend 1,000 feet increase in altitude per day which is hard to do in a running race or when vacationing for sure. Your body will acclimatize naturally but be aware one rarely achieves the same physical or mental fitness one has at sea level. So, go ahead – blame the altitude for your memory lapses!
- Feeling low? Go lower.
One thing doctors, coaches and drinking team leaders agree on – the number one antidote to altitude sickness is going to a lower altitude. So, take time to drop 2,238 ft. to visit the historic town of Taos if the Taos Ski Valley thin air at 9,207 feet (2,806 m) is kicking your butt. Or check out the valley in Ridgway, CO, 1,765 feet below Telluride’s 8,750 feet (2,129 m.)
Need more ideas? Visit Bootdoctors.
Our knowledgeable staff can show you the latest hydration pack, personal water bottle, sunscreen, weather resistant clothing and running or hiking shoes. Custom footbeds in your running and walking shoes will help reduce muscle fatigue.
How to completely avoid negative effects of alcohol on your system? It’s simple! Don’t drink! Experts advise folks to forgo any alcohol to avoid exacerbating effects of altitude. Every individual is completely unique in their body’s response to exercise or alcohol in general, especially at altitude, so be smart, listen to your own body and breath deep while enjoying the magnificent view!
Ready, Set, Go!
Details of the weekend’s frivolities:
In Telluride, since 1994 Blues and Brews Festival has hosted legendary musical artists and today features 56 of the best craft breweries in America. Bootdoctors partners with the Telluride Blues Society sponsoring the Blisters and Brews 5K Race to raise funds for Telluride Adaptive Sports Program Saturday September 14th. Who wouldn’t run for free beer? Register at https://www.tellurideblues.com/blisters-brews-5k.
Taos Ski Valley hosts Bull of the Woods Trail Races with a half marathon and Kachina Peak Marathon September 14th. Register at https://www.bullofthewoodsrun.com/.
Rather blow froth off a stein than froth at the mouth in a marathon? How about showing off your polka moves at Taos Oktoberfest? Authentic Schuplatter band, German beer and food, activities and crafts for kids, stein holding contests and so much more.
Get your collector stein online before they run out! https://www.taosskivalley.com/event/oktoberfest-celebration
NOTE: Anyone experiencing severe symptoms of altitude sickness should immediately seek medical attention.
 “after an individual has been exposed to altitude for long periods of time, they will have 30 percent to 50 percent more red blood cells than an individual at sea level, according to Rick Curtis, director of the Outdoor Action Program at Princeton University. The body also creates more capillaries to match the production of new red blood cells. Extra capillaries decrease the distance between the cell and capillary, making it easier to transport oxygen throughout the body.” https://www.livestrong.com/article/455572-what-effects-do-high-altitudes-have-on-the-body/
The author Penelope Gleason keeps it hoppy at Blues and Brews with the Bootdoctors’ crew!
We did and we stayed.
From epic waterfalls cascading down the pinnacle of the box canyon to a cacophony of wildflowers exploding along the trail to couloirs of Colorado champagne powder draping down thousands of feet of vertical, this gem of a town sparkles with positive energy in every season.
We opened our biggest Bootdoctors store in Telluride, Colorado in 1998 and have been loving it ever since.
What is it about Telluride?
Is it the variety of ski runs from mellow cruisers leading to high altitude restaurants featuring delicious chili or varietals of wine? or the breath-taking steep descents down slim couloirs that challenge the hardiest of snow riding adventurers?
Is it the ever-changing weekly menu of Summer festivals, opening our minds with ideas, our hearts with inspiration, filling our ears and souls with music, stretching our bodies in new yoga poses or surprising our palates with unique preparations of wild mushrooms, locally grown greens and a burst of fermented grapes in a stemmed glass?
Is it the trails we travel on foot, on bikes, on snowshoes, on snowmobiles, or on skis to discover hidden magic environs deep in wilderness?
Is it the fantastic soaring views that reward us for our efforts of trekking up to the beckoning mountaintops that surround us?
Or is it the warm smile of a local stopping on the “sunny side” of main street just to share a hello?
We just can’t decide. Perhaps it’s some mysterious recipe whose ingredients we try to identify, classify and prioritize, when in fact, it is one authentic experience containing all the ingredients of an insolvable mystery.
We invite you to collect your own ingredients for your recipe for joy in our little box canyon. Then let’s meet at the Buck* so we can share tales of discovery.
For ideas for your Summer trip to Telluride, visit our on-line guide to adventure.
Telluride is a mecca for mountain bikers and road bicyclists. We have a huge fleet of top bikes from Specialized, Pivot and Yeti plus kids’ bikes and kids’ trailers so the whole family can go together!
Rent a bike on-line and save time!
Telluride’s new bike trails are poised to open soon. Get your pass today on-line.
Feeling the altitude? How about an electric pedal assist for your first high alpine ride? You can cruise the bike path along the Valley Floor to the brewery and back without strain! Reserve your E-bike here.
There is no better way to experience the serenity of a high alpine lake than on a Stand Up Paddle Board.
We offer ½ day and full day SUP Tours that are perfect for all ages. Prefer to go on your own? Rent a SUP and head to the water!
Reserve on-line ahead to ensure your SUP is available when you want to go!
2019 is a banner year for river running. The San Miguel River is a winding, narrow high alpine river that offers fun whitewater rapids and magnificent natural surroundings.
Book a half day rafting adventure for your family and friends.
Take a Hike
Explore the multitude of trails that weave throughout the area. Stop in to Bootdoctors on Main street to pick up a trail map, water bottle, sunscreen. Be wise don’t hike or bike in flip flops! We have a variety of hiking, biking and trail running shoes and America’s Best Bootfitters poised to make you custom footbeds that will improve your walking, cycling and running experience guaranteed!
Want to know more about the history of this magical box canyon? We offer hiking tours with local historians who will share details from the Native American Utes residency up through the mining era, the 60s hippy take-over to the ski town renaissance.
Which plants are native? Which have medicinal properties? Our experts on flora and fauna take you on guided hikes exploring the unique plant life that thrives above 8,000 feet. Discover flowers that only grow above 9,000 feet!
We invite you to get creative with your own personal recipe for Summer fun. We hope to become your No. 1 choice of small town to visit this Summer!
Author Penelope Gleason has been cooking up fun times in Telluride for over 21 years.
She may be found paddling, peddling or backpacking or sometimes just kicking back enjoying a smoothie in an outdoor café on Main street. She looks forward to meeting up with you on the trail!
Hummingbirds zip through the air, waterfalls crash down in cascades of froth and aspen groves have resumed their lush green tones. Summer has arrived in Telluride, which means it’s high time for hitting the trails.
Here in the box canyon, outdoor recreation opportunities are endless: we can bag peaks, climb crags, mountain bike over passes and take icy dips in alpine lakes. And at the foundation of all of these activities are our public trails, which are the key to opening up this endless and beautiful world of nature – and arguably the most important outdoor amenity we have.
Trails offer ribbons of dirt for long runs, epic bike rides and cross-country hikes, but they are so much more than vehicles for exertion. They are also our access into nature, which neuroscientists and researchers are proving more and more has significant benefits on human health. Immersion in nature is shown to regulate mood, lower stress hormones and blood pressure and help with conditions like depression and anxiety. It promotes creativity and reflection. Plus it’s really fun. And the best news is, it doesn’t take a multi-week wilderness excursion or strenuous backcountry hike to reap these benefits. Even a quick jaunt on your local trail will do you good. Just make sure to stop and inspect the wildflowers, listen to the burble of the stream or watch the clouds pass overhead.
Trails are also the great equalizer. You don’t need a locker of gear to hit the trail – just a pair of sturdy shoes – and people of all ages and abilities can enjoy them together. Which makes them optimal for family time.
LOOKING FOR SOME OF TELLURIDE’S BEST, LOCAL TRAILS?
HERE ARE THREE OPTIONS:
INTRODUCTORY TRAIL: BEAR CREEK
With its aspen-shaded path and gentle grade, Bear Creek is Telluride’s great introductory trail. Starting right in town at the south end of Pine Street, the popular trail winds through shady forests, offering glimpses of the rushing creek as well as views of the cliffs in the upper basins above. With a cascading waterfall as its finale, the 4.5-mile-roundtrip trail never disappoints.
WILDFLOWER TOUR: HOPE LAKE
Because it begins at a relatively high elevation, the Hope Lake Trail south of Telluride offers the best bang for your buck when it comes to alpine wildflowers, sweeping basins and icy high-altitude lakes. The trail takes hikers through thick woods, landscapes thick with paintbrush, bistort and king’s crown, and finally to the shores of Hope Lake, a vividly blue alpine lake where icebergs often bob even in the summer months. This trail is moderately difficult and accessed via Hope Lake Road near Trout Lake.
BACKCOUNTRY EPIC: SNEFFELS HIGHLINE
If you are looking for the ultimate tour of the San Juan Mountain high country, look no further than Sneffels Highline. This 13-mile hike climbs through aspen groves into the rocky basins above Telluride, where it unfurls through basins lush with delphiniums, roams through otherworldy rock landscapes and climbs over an unforgettable notch. Be sure to bring a map, layers and food, and start this one early; it takes several hours.
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Check out the 2018 MountainFilm line up!
Bootdoctors continues to be the proud official MountainFilm store, the only place you can purchase this year’s MountainFilm clothing, packs and other goodies. Stop by our store at 213 W Colorado during the festival for all your festival needs plus a wide array of travel clothing.
Demo a new Yeti or Specialized bike for the ultimate festival experience. Beat the cue lines as you roll down the Telluride streets and trails in style.
Mountainfilm takes place in Telluride over Memorial Weekend, May 25 – May 28. Passes to the 2018 festival are selling out very fast., very few remain. To get your passes or for more information about Mountainfilm, visit here. Telluride author Susan Dalton captures Mountainfilm’s best memories in “Mountainfilm: 40 Years.”
For some the “low tide” Winter meant their bike was never left lonely and cold in the dark recesses of their garage.
For many the honking of geese signals the arrival of Spring. Trails are dryer than ever this year and the sun is shining above.
It’s time to give your ride some love.
Sean McCoy of gearjunkie.com assembled a easy-to-follow checklist to get your bike ready for the trail. Read on…
All winter, your bike has sat, neglected and lonely, in a darkened garage. But spring is in the air, and before that first ride (or as a thank you for a winter of faithful service) you need to give your trusty steed some love.
If your bike needs a more thorough cleaning, bring it in to our Colorado av Bootdoctors for the Ultimate Bike Tune, including an ultrasonic deep clean of parts and gears. Call to make an appointment 970-728-4525 or walk-in. We are open during April and May from 10 am to 6 pm.
We have new Specialized and Yeti bikes in store now. Come demo!
With shared common core values as family-based operations, BootDoctors and Christy Sports
collectively provide quality products and exceptional customer service.
“We’ve been looking to grow our presence in Telluride, and we’re also excited to have the opportunity to enter into Taos,” stated Patrick O’Winter, Christy Sports Chairman.
“Acquiring BootDoctors with its well-established brand reputation is the perfect way to expand in these key Rocky resorts.”
Read the full story below from TELLURIDE INSIDE & OUT.
Christy Sports LLC, one of the largest winter sports specialty retailers in the nation, today announced its most recent acquisition BootDoctors, a specialty retailer of ski, snowboard and bike products and services, which currently operates out of three locations in Telluride, Colorado and two locations in Taos, New Mexico.