There’s an attitude with the backcountry skiing crowd that hiring a backcountry ski guide is for newbies, and backcountry skiing is a do-it-yourself sport. When you hire a guide to take you into the backcountry, you discover new places to shred, you stay safer, and you improve your skills. It doesn’t matter whether you’re learning how to start backcountry skiing or you’re an expert, there’s always something to improve upon. Skiing with someone who’s better than you will make you a better skier. Period. Skip Craigslist and backcountry skiing forums for someone to take you out to learn, and hire...

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Adventure travel guides are no strangers to change. In fact, you probably love it. The change in weather and routes is exciting. Having to always be on your toes when outdoors. It’s what drives you. So, it will be less intimidating to learn that there are four aspects of adventure travel that could change your business. We found several studies that show people aren’t coming back to the outdoors, travelers are road tripping to nearby states to get out into nature, there’s a renewed interest in sustainable tourism, and the outdoor industry needs to get diverse and inclusive. Table Of...

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We love seeing so many folks enjoying outdoor recreation, but we don’t like outdoor wreckreation. With the increased visitation to the outdoors, we’re seeing too many of our beautiful spots damaged here, here, and here. Whether it’s leaving trash on the trail or your poop, we think it’s as good a time as ever to (re)introduce the Leave No Trace Seven Principles for those of you who don’t know them, forgot them, or are just now finding out that there’s something called the “Leave No Trace Principles.” If you want more detail, you can read about them here. What Does...

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Winter adventures are anything but ordinary. Winter brings a fresh perspective to exploring that you just don’t get in summer. Having to take extra precautions is one of the biggest ways that winter adventures differ from summer. There are seven fundamental things we think you should take into consideration before exploring frozen waterfalls and icy trails: The weather and wind chillRecognizing signs of frostbite and hypothermiaFunction over fashionChecking your gearGo with a guideAssess your physical conditionNutrition and hydration 1. Check the Weather and Wind Chill Weather The first thing you should do before going out is to check the weather...

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Colorado State Parks are seeing record numbers of visitors this year because everyone wants to get outside and explore. And we are here for it. What has also come from this surge of State Park visitors is increased congestion, overcrowding, and questionable trail etiquette — especially for Colorado State Parks near Denver. Colorado has 41 diverse State Parks which offer everything from hiking to fishing to horseback riding to spending the weekend in a yurt. We wanted to see what lesser-known Colorado State Parks had to offer so we can practice social distancing as well as discover new places.  In...

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One of the primary reasons we created Origin is help spread people out and reduce the overall user impact on busy trails. Anyone can hop into Google and find the most popular, aka busiest, trail when they land in a new location. Not everyone has the opportunity to pair up with a guide whose area knowledge will lead you away from the crowds and into less trafficked but equally fulfilling adventures.  Whether you ride the superhighway to the summit with the masses or a guide shows you the path less traveled, there are several things you can do to lessen...

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