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Make your voice heard Take action on issues that matter to you

Take action on issues that matter to you To protect our beloved backcountry, wildlands and environment, it takes a community movement! That’s where you come in. We need creative, attention-getting and sometimes massive displays of public support to make our message heard from our small community all the way to Washington DC. A lot of little actions can add up to something big. What is advocacy? Advocacy is calling on your elected officials to take action in support of a cause or issue. As an advocate, you ask policymakers to support and promote policies that positively impact our lives, our [...]

Make your voice heard Take action on issues that matter to you2020-01-17T21:46:27+00:00

Snowshoeing with Defiende

Snowshoeing started thousands of years ago as an essential mode of winter transportation, and has since evolved into a popular recreational activity that is supported by Colorado’s high-altitude winter weather and amazing trail systems. If you’ve never done it before, you might ask, why go snowshoeing? Here are a few reasons: It’s great winter exercise: stay in shape even when the snow falls. Snowshoeing is an excellent low-impact aerobic exercise. It’s a great social activity: all ages and ability levels can enjoy the sport together. It’s inexpensive: snowshoeing is affordably priced. Your required gear includes snowshoes and appropriate cold weather [...]

Snowshoeing with Defiende2020-01-17T21:41:37+00:00

Defiende | Snowshoe on Basalt Mountain Sun., Jan. 26

Snowshoe at Basalt Mountain | Basalt, CO Sunday January 26, 2020 Hike 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, registration required Join Wilderness Workshop through their Defiende Nuestra Tierra program for a bilingual snowshoe walk at Basalt Mountain. Come and enjoy this beautiful landscape during the winter. Snowshoeing is a great winter activity that requires no technical skills and we will provide the snowshoes. This is an easy-intermediate 3.5-mile hike. Elevation gain 385’ No dogs are allowed. This family friendly program is appropriate for those 7 years and older who are strong hikers. Minors must be [...]

Defiende | Snowshoe on Basalt Mountain Sun., Jan. 262020-01-16T17:05:52+00:00

Defiende | Snowshoe in Little Box Canyon Sat., Feb. 29

Snowshoe at Little Box Canyon | Rifle, CO Saturday February 29th, 2020 Hike 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, registration required Join Wilderness Workshop through their Defiende Nuestra Tierra program for a bilingual snowshoe walk at “Little Box Canyon”. Come and enjoy this beautiful landscape during the winter with our special guest Myles Traphagen who coordinates the Borderlands Program for Wildlands Network and Mirna Manteca works as conservation biologist with the Mexican NGO Protección de la Fauna Mexicana (Profauna). Snowshoeing is a great winter activity that requires no technical skills and we will provide the [...]

Defiende | Snowshoe in Little Box Canyon Sat., Feb. 292020-01-16T23:20:16+00:00

Packing List for Hikes Lista de empaque

Packing for an excursion into the wilderness is all about finding the balance between weight, comfort, and being prepared.  Check the weather, but be aware that Colorado weather can be unpredictable. Temperature and precipitation can change rapidly. Wilderness Workshop's guide will bring maps, a basic field guide, a "nature's calling kit"  (paper, trowel, hand sanitizer), and a group first aid kit.  Ideally, the group will stay together, but be sure you have what you need to be alright in case of an accidental separation.  The Bare Minimum... Backpack Food 2.5 liters of water Comfortable Boots or hiking shoes Rain Gear Warm [...]

Packing List for Hikes Lista de empaque2018-06-07T21:53:53+00:00