Marmot Commercial to Air During Super Bowl – TEASER

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9 Outdoor Dates for Valentine’s Day

We all want to have a special date with our partner on Valentine’s Day, but we’re all bored of the same fancy dinner year after year. How about trying something different? Like heading outside for a special adventure and sharing the memorable experience with the one who stole your heart.

Campout for Two – Pick-out your favorite tent for two, sleeping bag for two, and even a chair for two and head to a perfect campsite where you can relax in the company of your significant other. Grab your S’mores to eat by the campfire, and you can even set-up camp with extra lights and flowers to create a romantic ambiance. Don’t forget lots of blankets to snuggle-up in during the sunset.

Brunch + Driving Range – Have a brunch date at your local golf course then hit the driving range!

Snowmobile Tour – Reserve a Private Snowmobile tour for you and your sidekick in the back country. You will be challenged as well as going new places neither of you have seen. Just be sure to dress appropriately. Normally, dressing like your headed out snow skiing will suffice. Need Gloves? Snow Pants? Winter Jackets?

Food Truck Hopping – Trek around the city looking for the best food trucks around. Find an appetizer truck, move to the main course truck, then find a dessert truck! If you’re lucky enough to be in the big city over Valentine’s day, you will probably find all three and be pleasantly surprised with how full you are at the end of the date. Plus, you get exercise between each course! If it’s raining or snowing, you might want to be prepared with a trench coat or parka like one of these!

Your Very Own Drive-In Movie – Head to a romantic location with spectacular views and you and your significant other will have your very own romantic movie night getaway. Download a movie of your choice on your laptop or tablet, fold down the seats in your car, pile in the blankets and pillows (the more the merrier), open the tailgate and enjoy the movie with a fantastic backdrop. Don’t forget to bring the chocolate and make the popcorn before you head out!

Batting Cages – Pack a lunch and head to the local batting cages. End the date with fresh smoothies from your local smoothie bar or head home to make your own!

Disc Golf – It’s not your normal game of Disc Golf. At each hole, you will answer a certain question before tossing the Frisbee. Then there are consequences whether you win or lose each hole. This idea comes from The Dating Divas:

Hole 1: Name the top 5 most attractive physical things/features about your spouse

Hole 2: Name the 5 most attractive things about your spouse’s personality or character

Hole 3: Name 5 things you did today that your spouse didn’t know about

Hole 4: Name 5 places you wouldn’t mind moving to

Hole 5: Name 5 desserts you could eat right now

Hole 6: Name 5 favorite ways your spouse makes you feel special

If you lose (a hole), you get to choose one from the list:

  • 5 push-ups
  • 5 sit-ups
  • 5 leg squats

If you win (a hole), you get to choose one from the list:

  • 5 kisses
  • 5 hugs
  • 5 kisses & hugs intermixed
  • 5 of whatever you want

Day Hike – Head to AllTrails.com to find local hikes in your area. Pack your lunch, water, and camera to document your hiking date. Don’t post any of the photos online. Later you can gift a scrapbook of the day for your partner! This element of surprise is the best part! You guys might even like to try one of our new Daypacks for the date!

Date Night on the Ranch – Head out of the city and unplug in the solitude of a quiet ranch high-up in the mountains or deep in the hills. There are many ranches located on acres of land offering unique settings and an “Old West” type feel when you stay in their cabins. One family ranch that comes to mind is the Schmid Family Ranch located outside of Telluride, Colo. Make reservations fast though! (You might even recognize this setting from a recent movie.)

There are so many different Outdoor dating ideas to experience! This Valentine’s Day, maybe one of these will catch your eye. If you have other unique outdoor dates that you have been on, we’d love to here from you!

 

Dangers of Snow Shoveling

If you’re anywhere East of the Mississippi, you’ve got snow, and lots of it! You’re also probably snowed-in and will stay snowed-in until you do something about it (or until the snow melts in the spring). Enter the snow shovel.

Most of us know shoveling can cause excessive strain on your heart, so before getting in a workout moving large amounts of snow, be sure to consult your doctor in advance.

In addition to the strain on your heart, be mindful of your spine. Read these 10 Tips for Safe Snow Shoveling.

When you’re out shoveling, wear proper gloves and be aware of frost bite and know the symptoms before you end up turning black and blue. We recommend winter work gloves. Made with a leather shell, they have the durability of a work glove plus the extra warmth. Pick a pair up here.

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The Black Diamond Dirt Bag Glove is a favorite among fellow snow shovelers with a leather shell and fleece lining at only $44.95.

Avalanche Safety Week

red-crossAs skiers and snowboarders, we’re always looking for new places to ski, the deepest pow, or new challenges. These all come with inherent risks though. When we venture off of the resort and into the backcountry, the risk of avalanche is exponentially greater. Hence, Avalanche Safety Week.

Outdoor Research has collaborated, once again, with their long time partners from American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) to create an 8 Part Video Series featuring backcountry skiing safety and techniques to raise awareness and reduce the risks associated with traveling in the backcountry. The videos are being released weekly on AMGA’s website, beginning today. Watch Part 1 out of 8 below:

Not only do we as skiers and snowboarders want to push our limits skiing off the resorts in the states, we also dream of cream puff skiing abroad. Many of these remote destinations do not have Avalanche Forecasting Centers, so you will have to learn to build your own avalanche forecast. Teton Gravity Research discussed snowpack with AIARE Program Director, Ben Pritchett. Read his tips and suggestions here.

Hot Chocolate Making A Comeback

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If you’ve ever gone on a cold-weather adventure, winter camping, watched a football game in the snow, or hunkered down during a Nor’easter, what’s in your thermos? My guess is some sort of hot coco concoction that seems good while in the moment, but maybe it’s time you spice up your life a little with some Sipping Chocolate instead.

Believe it or not, hot chocolate didn’t always come in pre-packaged pouches containing precise amounts of sugary powder for the perfect cup of coco. Mesoamericans started fermenting, roasting, grounding, and blending bitter cacao and mixing it with water and spices thousands of years ago, calling it “Sipping Chocolate.”

Be on the look-out for more and more coffee shops around the country offering up sweet and bitter variations of sipping chocolates – the frothy European-style mixed with milk, or the smooth Aztec-style mixed with water, each containing their own unique blend of spices.

The main reason (other than the fantastic flavor) for the chocolate comeback is a particular health benefit researched over the last few years. Chocolate contains more flavonoids than red wine or green tea, helping to lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol.

If you’re in the New York City, Portland, or LA area, then you’re lucky enough to have shops currently offering-up glasses of Sipping Chocolate. Otherwise, for the rest of us, we can either wait for the next local coffee shop to start serving-up the goods, or you can create your very own Sipping Chocolate at home using this recipe. Don’t be afraid to add in your own spices like chili, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, vanilla, a dash of allspice, fresh ground black pepper, or even ginger! These cold, winter nights need a little extra spice!

 

Plaid vs. Flannel – It’s on this Fall

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Fall is upon us. It’s already peaking through here in the Rockies. Last weekend I started spying drops of gold among the aspens, and before we know it, Fall will be in full swing. I’m ready for the crisp, cool evenings by the fire pit, but I just realized my wardrobe is not.

What am I missing? Flannel. I have the sheets, I have the pajamas, but what about my every day/evening wear? Plaid button-ups fill my closet, so I should be good with flannel button-ups, right? Wrong. Even though plaid takes up every square inch of my hanger space, that doesn’t mean it’s flannel.

So what makes “plaid” plaid and “flannel” flannel?

It’s simple. P is for plaid and P is for pattern. F is for flannel and F is for functional material.

Flannel was originally made purely of wool, but gradually became a mixture of great materials like silk, cotton, and other synthetics. Flannel shirts can come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns. Plaid and flannel are commonly used interchangeably causing the belief that both are patterns. Typically, we see plaid used in button-up shirts, and to make a shirt softer, warmer, and more durable for use in the outdoors, the plaid button-ups are made with flannel material.

I’ve picked-out my favorite flannel shirts and listed them below. You can also browse all of our flannel here:

MEN’S FLANNEL HERE >     |      WOMEN’S FLANNEL HERE >

Hobson
The Men’s Marmot Hobson Flannel Button-up is an example of solid flannel. Soft, warm, cozy, and just perfect. SHOP NOW >
womens fjord
The Women’s Patagonia Fjord is seriously soft, seriously. I love the fit and comfort it gives me all day, whether at work, camping, or on the slopes. SHOP NOW >
MH Trekkin
Mountain Hardwear is hard to beat when they created a high-tech flannel with quick-drying and moisture-wicking properties that you find in most technical baselayers! SHOP NOW >

MEN’S FLANNEL HERE >     |      WOMEN’S FLANNEL HERE >

RockyMountainTrail.com + The North Face® ULTIMATE FALL OUTDOOR GIVEAWAY

Pull out your maps, Outdoor Lovers, because it’s time to find that perfect Fall Camping Spot for your new Talus 2 Tent with his & her Banchee Packs from The North Face! All you really need to do is take a picture.

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RockyMountainTrail.com began as a family endeavor out of the garage and grew into a local company tucked away in the quaint little mountain town of Buena Vista, Colorado. Still located in Buena Vista, the online retailer now runs out of a 21,000 sq ft warehouse where orders ship all over the US, but despite the continual growth, the company continues to serve its local roots.

RMT operates their business at over 8,000 ft. above sea level and is the only online outdoor retailer with 360 degree views of majestic mountains. It’s your base camp to the 14ers.

In collaboration with The North Face, RockyMountainTrail.com is holding the “Show Us Your Outdoorsiness” giveaway. Throughout the month of September, you can enter to win by completing the following steps:

  1. Head to our Twitter or Instagram to follow @RockyMtnTrail (create an account if you have yet to do so).
  2. Post your favorite outdoorsy photo. Tag us in it (@RockyMtnTrail) and add one or both of the hashtags: #Outdoorsiness or #WakeUpOutside.
  3. Winner will be chosen based on the “Outdoorsiness” of their photo. We’re leaving it up to your imagination with what that might mean. We will announce the winner by the end of the day on September 30th, 2015. Good luck and remember to #NeverStopExploring!