The Awesome Outdoor Recreation of Boulder, Colorado

The Awesome Outdoor Recreation of Boulder, Colorado

One of the most popular attributes that any city can have, both for their residents as well as the visitors that come there, is a well developed area that encourages outdoor recreation.  The city of Boulder, Colorado is consistently ranked in national publications as being one of the better recreational communities in the United States.  Both the city itself, through many urban developments, and the surrounding natural area lend themselves to being attractive to those interested in outdoor recreation.  Anyone interested in outdoor recreation themselves should definitely pay a visit to Boulder, Colorado.

The Awesome Outdoor Recreation of Boulder, Colorado

For decades, many professional and amateur athletes have called the city of Boulder home, and with very good reason.  The high altitude has a great many advantages that serious athletes can benefit from.  The surrounding landscape lends itself to being used for both training purposes as well as practice and competition sites for actual events themselves.  Boulder is simply an outdoor recreation enthusiasts dream come true.

Golfers will find more than enough sunshine in Boulder to enjoy teeing off at Flatirons Golf Course for the better part of the season.  With an average of more than three hundred days of sunshine every year, it is easy to see why golfers, along with many other athletes, enjoy the Boulder area.

Kayakers can experience the type of river floating that can seldom be enjoyed in other larger communities.  In Boulder, kayakers can paddle right through the middle of town, enjoying a trip down the river as well as a unique way of seeing the city itself.

Hikers and bikers are blessed by Boulder and the surrounding area’s abundance of well maintained hiking trails.  With more than two hundred miles of trails to explore that zigzag and meander through the city, the surrounding lowlands and hillsides, and into the mountains …

Take Stock and Check Your Gear Before Heading Out

Take Stock and Check Your Gear Before Heading Out

Before you head out on that first camping, hiking, or backpacking trip of the season, there are some things you should do first. You should plan ahead, be prepared and stocked up ahead of time, not only with your supplies, but also with your equipment. Having a checklist and making sure you have everything you need before you leave will help ensure an enjoyable and safe outing. Here are just a few of many tips I consider useful.

First, before you go hiking or camping, make sure that all your equipment is in good working order. Start by setting up your tent in the back yard. Make sure all of the stakes are still there and that the poles are not bent or broken. For the spring pole dome style tents, make sure that the poles themselves aren’t splitting and that the ends fit securely. While your tent is up, check for any rips or tears, and this would also be a good time to apply a sealer to the seams. Attempting to stop leaks while it’s raining is no fun. On more than one occasion the rain has run me out of my tent to my vehicle. Unroll sleeping bags, and check the seams, zippers, and inner liner as well as the outer jacket. Repair any rip’s or tears as needed. Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you.

Take Stock and Check Your Gear Before Heading Out

The next thing you need to do is check any cooking equipment you intend to use. When not operating properly, stoves or other cooking equipment can be fire hazards or make you sick. Check the equipment to be sure the valves are not leaking and still work properly. Any rubber seals that show wear should be replaced and cooking surfaces should be clean. This is also …