Articles written by: Sean McCoy

The Gear it Takes to Win: TransRockies Run Edition

The Gear it Takes to Win: TransRockies Run Edition

The TransRockies Run is a 6-day 120 mile ultra marathon with over 20,000 ft. elevation gain. For most runners, just finishing the race is an accomplishment in itself, but for others (like Sean), there is only one goal. And that is to win. Wenger Blog regular, Sean McCoy, finished 2nd place [...]

Agritourism – The Next Big Colorado Attraction?

Agritourism – The Next Big Colorado Attraction?

Dude ranches, vineyards and hay rides may be just the tip of the iceberg in Colorado as the state ramps up to increase tourism through promoting farms, ranches and other agricultural attractions as destinations. The Colorado Tourism Office and Department of Agriculture released an Agritourism Strategic Plan on April 25 [...]

YeeeHaaaaa! 13 Destinations for Colorado Ziplines.

YeeeHaaaaa! 13 Destinations for Colorado Ziplines.

Everyone knows about Colorado skiing, but once the snow melts and spring runoff calms, summer calls visitors and locals alike to the mountains, trails and, for the adventurous, ziplines. Buena Vista – This small and often mispronounced town (hint – it’s not Spanish) boasts Ava’s Zip Line Tours, with seven [...]

Seven Free Adventures – Wherever You Are

Seven Free Adventures – Wherever You Are

High Pointing No, you don’t need a snowmobile. High Pointing is bagging the highest point in any given region and you don’t have to be in a mountain range. This sport is normally played outdoors, hitting the peaks of a town’s highest bluff, county’s tallest ridgeline or state’s highest mountain, [...]

80 Miles Added to Colorado Trail

80 Miles Added to Colorado Trail

The Colorado Trail just got a little more spectacular with the addition of an 80-mile segment through the Collegiate Peaks. The addition creates a 160-mile loop that The Colorado Trail Foundation expects to become a popular multi-day hike or ride among a dozen of the state’s 14,000-foot mountains. The new [...]

How to Switch to Minimal Running Shoes

How to Switch to Minimal Running Shoes

Lightweight and unsupportive, minimalist running shoes allow the foot to work the way nature intended. The “barefoot” running movement has grown in popularity with some users touting injury reduction, better endurance and faster paces. Minimal running shoes provide an incredible amount of tactile sensation to the foot and force runners [...]

How To Choose Climbing Shoes

How To Choose Climbing Shoes

So you’ve been climbing once or twice. Maybe you tried it out at a gym or with friends at a local crag. Regardless, you’ve decided it’s time to take the plunge and become a climber yourself. One of the first pieces of equipment new climbers purchase are shoes. Yet selecting [...]

Ski Mountaineering Tips for Newbies

Ski Mountaineering Tips for Newbies

For the fit trail runner, Nordic skier or alpine charger, the idea of Ski Mountaineering, also known as SkiMo Racing, may get the gears turning. For many mountain folks in the United States it’s a relatively new pursuit that combines many strenuous passions: uphill skiing, route finding, downhill skiing and [...]

Turn Injury Into Advantage: Core Training Tips from Nordic Champion Kikkan Randall

Turn Injury Into Advantage: Core Training Tips from Nordic Champion Kikkan Randall

With the unfortunate diagnosis of a stress fracture to the second metatarsus in 2012, World Cup Nordic Champion Kikkan Randall spent much of the summer in a cast and was limited in her workout choices even as the first races of the 2013 race season approached.

The author nears the finish line of the Vail Uphill run, the last leg of the Ultimate Mountain Challenge.

6 Things I Learned at the Vail Winter Mountain Games

Panting for air and slapping my gloved hands against my chest, I looked up the snow-covered, rocky ravine and willed myself to take one…more…step. It was day two of the Ultimate Mountain Challenge, a three-day competition composed of a 10-kilometer Nordic ski race, a marathon-length Ski Mountaineering contest and a [...]