It’s that time of the year – 2017 is around the corner! If you haven’t started making your New Year’s Resolutions yet, take a look at this list of bucket list items to get you stoked for the coming year!
1. Skate Touring in Sweden
This could quite possibly be the coolest (literally) thing ever. Spend one day or many skating on frozen rivers in Sweden, sometimes up to 100km per day! Book in with a local guiding company and travel hostel to hostel by ice.
2. The Motatapu Off-road Sporting Event, New Zealand
This adventure extravaganza on the South Island of New Zealand features everything from a 15km trail run to a triathlon. Sign up for an 51km ultra run, 47km mountain bike race, a trail marathon, off-road triathlon, or the “short” 15km trail run. The best part of all? It takes place in one of the most beautiful parts of the Southern Alps near Queenstown.
3. The Looking Glass Arch, Moab, Utah
Not only does it look epic, the Looking Glass Arch near Moab is relatively easy 5.4 sport climb. You’ll need good rappelling techniques for the incredible rap down through the arch. (Beware of rattlesnakes at the bottom, though!) Don’t feel like climbing it? It’s a great hike for those who aren’t a fan of heights.
4. The Colorado Trail
Fancy a good long walk? Spend a month (or more) hiking the 500-mile trail from Denver to Durango. This spectacular route climbs through some of Colorado’s best scenery. You’ll enjoy it so much, you might just want to turn around and walk it again!
5. The Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
This beautiful expanse of Scottish wilderness should be on everyone’s bucket list, at least twice in their lifetime! From remote lochs to windy munros, the Scottish highlands will be a trip to remember!
Last week I had the pleasure to participate in the first annual Colorado Trail Days at Backcountry Experience in Durango, CO. While eNZees Foot Soother can be used to comfort feet during any activity, it has its roots in hiking and backpacking. I discovered it while trekking in New Zealand and I’m always happy to introduce this amazing product to fellow hikers.
I spoke with numerous beginning and advanced backpackers during the event who were excited to try a new method of preventing hot-spots and blisters. It’s incredible how simple foot wool is to use. eNZees reduces the friction between your shoe, sock, and skin. The fibrous nature of wool allows it to weave into your sock, holding it in place. It’s always fun to see the light bulb turn on and see people just “get it.”
During the Colorado Trail Days event, there were numerous educational clinics like Basic Map & Compass Skills and Intro to Wilderness First Aid. And there was plenty of “hiking inspiration” to go around!
Here’s to Happy Trails and Happy Feet this summer!
As many of you may know, eNZees Foot Soother is based out of Durango, a town of 16,000 on the remote Western Slope of Colorado. Among other points of notoriety – like our huge craft brew scene, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and Mesa Verde National Park – Durango is known for being the southern terminus of The Colorado Trail, which connects us to Denver 486-miles away.
The Colorado Trail attracts hikers, backpackers, and even mountain bikers from all over the country and world. It truly showcases some of the best scenery in Colorado, but you have to work for it. The majority of the trail is at or above 10,000 feet! Though I have never done the entire trek, I am happy to support the first annual Colorado Trail Days this weekend in Durango.
The event is organized by one of the first stores to carry eNZees Foot Soother, Backcountry Experience. I will be at the event on Saturday morning, spreading the word about the benefits of using lambswool to protect your feet from hot-spots and blisters. (I’m sure you thru-hikers know a thing or two about those!)
If you’ve always wanted to get into hiking and backpacking, Colorado Trail Days will have plenty of free clinics on backcountry skills and gear. There will also be prize drawings throughout the event with prizes from Osprey Packs and Outdoor Research. All proceeds are benefitting the amazing volunteer trail maintenance efforts put on by the Colorado Trail Foundation.
If you’re in the Durango area, come on out and support this great community event. Hope to see you there!