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Cliff Out is a source for mountain biking, climbing, hiking, backpacking, canyoneering and traveling tips, trip reports, gear reviews and inspiration.

The term “Cliff Out” refers to route finding while on a mountain or in a canyon and coming to a ledge, and a perception, that there are no other options than to turn around. My dream is to adventure, take a few risk and experience life to the fullest.

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Getting Engaged in Kauai

I'm currently transitioning from my job in Longmont, CO to a new job as an IT Specialist in Fort Collins, CO. I asked my future employer for additional time off between jobs which I was fortunate to get. My girlfriend and I have been wanting to go someplace warm and tropical, visit my family out east and I had my own surprise agenda. Chelsey is an ICU nurse and was able to move her schedule around enough that we could spend 10 days traveling abroad and another 4 days visiting family! Since my passport was expiring within the 6 month window that most countries require, that eliminated most foreign travel (When you need more than an unexpired passport). So we took a look at the top tropical destinations to visit without a passport: US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida Keys, Guam and Hawaii. Using tripmasters.com we were able to setup [...]


MTB Project: White Ranch: Technical Decent Tour Google Maps: White Ranch Lower Parking Lot Miles: 11.2 - Ascent: 2,264' - Low: 6,147' - High: 7,885' Parking at the lower lot of the White Ranch Open Space outside of Golden CO you will roll through the "ash tray", a sandy rock garden. Gear up and try not to lose momentum or you'll be walking. It's just a short shit show though. Begin your accent up Belcher hill. There are several sets of stairs on this route and wooden planks that are very ride-able when dry. Immediately after the first stair/plank we saw this bobcat checking us out. This is only the second bobcat I've seen on Colorado trails in 15 years of riding. The climb is relentless and doesn't give up but the terrain is fairly solid packed dirt with a few loose rocks. Continue following signs for Belcher, [...]


I've had my Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 29 S-WORKS for 3 seasons and it's time to get the suspension serviced. I'm fortunate enough to live close enough to PUSH Industries in Loveland, CO. If you need to service, rebuild, tune or upgrade your suspension there isn't a better option (that I'm aware of) than getting it PUSHed. If you don't live near the front range you can also ship to push for service. As you can see above I have some rubbing on my upper stanchions due to the bushings wearing down over a few seasons of heavy riding. I opted to go with the PUSH factory tune and replace the uppers. This is a costly rebuild/tune but it is cheaper and much more satisfying than a used fork! Check out their online suspension service order form to get started: http://www.pushindustries.com/pages/order-suspension-service You will need to remove your fork (unless you want to pay PUSH [...]

By | April 13th, 2016|Categories: Bikes|0 Comments


I recently had my phone stolen while traveling to Iceland, and fortunately, I was able to recover everything within a few days except a dozen pictures and a few application specific items like my list for my packing list app. Even if you haven't explicitly made an effort to backup your data you may be in luck as Google, Apple and your organization (if it's a work phone) may have automagically set some of these up for you. This tutorial will guide you through most of the steps to ensure that if your phone is lost, damaged or stolen while abroad you will be able to recover your data AND ensure no one else does. Take a full backup before you leave. This will ensure that if something goes wrong you will at least be able to recover to the point before you left on your trip. Use iTunes or [...]


Iceland 5 or 10 years ago probably wasn't on many of our list and thought of as one of those more exotic destinations. The economy crashed hard in 2008 and the country has been rebounding aggressively since then. This is a small island with a population of 320,000 (2012) and over 1/3 of the population 120,000 (2012) living in Reykjavik. The country's main export is fish and their main import is now tourism. With cheap direct flights all over the world from Icelandair and WOW and free stopovers and shuttle service to Reykjavik, many more world travelers are knocking out Iceland. It will always be the land of fire and ice and is still full of rich heritage and secrets but is quickly becoming a trendy hub full of tour buses and selfie sticks. The locals are very nice but I have noticed, especially in Keflavik and Reykjavik, they are getting overwhelmed by the [...]


Mountain biking the Ginny Trail at Bobcat Ridge. Music courtesy of Ratatat.


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