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HIT THE TRAIL: Why trails are the most important outdoor amenity we have!

HIT THE TRAIL: Why trails are the most important outdoor amenity we have!

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:

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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.

Katie Klingsporn
Writer, Editor, & Journalist for Telluride Inside & Out

Telluride Inside…and Out is a lifestyle ezine, the place where a rural mountain setting meets cosmopolitan culture. TIO brings you behind the scenes to see what is happening in and around the Telluride region and the impact Telluride has around the world. Spend some time with TIO and you may find that you too are 100% Telluride Inside. We post daily.

2018 MTNFILM: It’s time to get inspired by big mountains & big ideas.

2018 MTNFILM: It’s time to get inspired by big mountains & big ideas.

 

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: 2018 Film Lineup, Preview

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.”

IS YOUR BIKE SCREAMING FOR SOME SPRING MAINTENANCE LOVE?

IS YOUR BIKE SCREAMING FOR SOME SPRING MAINTENANCE LOVE?

 

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…

 

Simple Checklist: Get Your Bike Ready for Spring

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!
 

BootDoctors & Christy Sports Join Powerful Forces

BootDoctors & Christy Sports Join Powerful Forces

 

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 Acquires BootDoctors

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.

Team BootDoctors Goes For The Fall Gold!

Team BootDoctors Goes For The Fall Gold!

 

The San Juan Mountains may have been mostly stripped of their veins of gold ore,

but, Fall Aspens bring out the gold, offering visual riches to us all.

There’s more gold to be found, though, if you’re brave enough.

The Annual MOUNTAINS TO DESERT RIDE offers cyclists an opportunity to “go for the gold” in a challenging and inspiring century race that takes the mind and body on an incredible journey, from the towering snow tipped mountain tops of Telluride to the awe-inspiring red canyons of Gateway, Colorado.

 

This year, Mother Nature decided to amp up this 100 mile test of endurance and create an even more rigorous physical and mental test of the intrepid athletes. Heavy rain and and sleet pounded the town delaying the start, where ominous clouds blocked out even a glimmer of the dawn and lightning flashes lit up the mountains.
Our BootDoctors’ Team gathered in the dark, outside the dimly lit exterior of the shop on Main street for a group photo, (understandably declining to strip out of their waterproof protection for a photo op) and smiling bravely for the camera.

 

Veterans of the race, Max Cooper, Ricky Willis, Tony Jakob, Mike Messer and Chris Cox, offered advice to the newbies, Mike Follen and Craig Sieving. Heather Knox, a former medal winner, joined the group with experience to share. Holly Taylor-Cox, a 2 time racer, bid them farewell, then headed to Norwood to jump on her bike for the lesser distance, yet equally weather challenging 72 mile race.
The first leg of this race is a sort of elimination stage as the road descends about 1,000 feet in 16 miles, followed by the most grueling accent of the course. This year the riders, blinded by rain, fearlessly navigated rivulets of rushing water and mud as they raced into the dark with thunder and lightening flashing around them. Some found their brakes compromised by the incessant water and just held on for dear life, reaching maximum speeds in downhill.

 

The front peloton, with Max Cooper leading the charge, whipped by the first AID station. The volunteers watched in amazement as the cyclists zoomed by, seemingly oblivious of the chaos that nature had surrounded them with. Their sheer athleticism and determination was astonishing.

 

Some riders following in a later waves stopped and gratefully drank shots of hot cocoa, stuffed hand warmers into gloves with fingers barely able to grasp and squeezed streams of water out of their clothing. Then with a smile and a wave they headed off into the rain to tackle the task ahead.

 

Having survived the opening harrowing descent, like in a rollercoaster ride, the riders immediately pumped their soaked and freezing legs to keep up the pace as they ascended the narrow Norwood Hill for a non-stop steep climb. Focussed on the wheels of the bicycles in close proximity, the riders determined to avoid a perilous pitch down the cliffs below them towards the canyon or a sudden collision with a random rock that had fallen from the cliff on their uphill side. Still, the rain continued to pound them, soaking them through all their layers.

 

The optimists hoped that this deluge would let up and the sun take command of the day again once they reached the plateau in Norwood. No such luck.

Still they carried on. Finally, a few succumbed to the relentless soaking and freezing cold and had to abandon the race. Ricky Willis, a veteran endurance racer, was forced to stop as the brutal conditions pushed him to the brink of dangerous hypothermia. Another rider had to stop and have a hair dryer warm up her almost frost bitten toes.

 

 

Only after 80 or so miles did the skies start to clear and some semblance of sanity return. The landscape surrounding last leg of the journey brings some distraction from the suffering muscles, sore behinds, aching necks and shoulders as gorgeous red walls wrap the winding road and huge cottonwoods line the river dancing along side the road.

 

Pushed to their limits, the Team members still radiated their enthusiasm as they crossed the finish with very impressive times and placement, starting with Max “the crusher” finishing first.Tony ca in second, despite missing the turn to the finish and adding some miles to his race!  Craig put in an impressive showing, with sixth place in his first ever M2D race; Mike Messer came in 20th. Chris Cox and Mike Follen, in a show of great sportsmanship, road the entire race together, encouraging and cajoling each other to finish 38th and 39th. Holly Taylor-Cox was the 12th woman to cross the finish in the 72 mile race.
Our team was very proud of their accomplishment, to not just endure but to overcome extreme circumstances to finish this challenging race.

 

As soon as they can sit comfortably again, we should see these amazing athletes in the saddle again, crushing the trails and roads around us.

 

Photo Credit: Melissa Plantz Photography
GET ON A BIKE & FIND THE GOLD

GET ON A BIKE & FIND THE GOLD

 

They say all that the gold was mined out of the hills but there is still treasures

to be found for those who take to the trails.

 

 

Sarah Enders is herself such a rare find, a dedicated bike and ski mechanic who loves to share the “gold” she discovers on a mountain bike ride in the Fall.

Go for the gold as you read more below on  TELLURIDE INSIDE & OUT.

 

BootDoctors: A perfect fall day? Get on a bike.

This week, the BootDoctor in the House focuses on a perfect fall day in and around Telluride. Which makes it a perfect day for biking. Especially with BootDoctors’ bike mechanic extraordinaire, Sarah Ender. ( All images are by Melissa Plantz.) It’s one of those September afternoons in Telluride when summer and fall collide to create utter perfection.