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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.

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Honeymooning in Costa Rica – Day 2 La Fortuna

Honeymooning in Costa Rica - Day 2 La Fortuna After a fresh homemade breakfast of papaya, kiwi, banana, eggs, avocado, tomato and of course coffee, our hostess Marlene coordinated with the car rental company to have our vehicle delivered to her house. Her daughter Marisa was also visiting from Nicaragua and gave us a Chorreador (Costa Rican coffee "machine") that she made and painted as a wedding gift. These two are what you imagine when you hear of friendly locals. Marlene grew up in the house next door and her parents now rent it out to the kindergarten. They gave us hugs and blessings and then we said our goodbyes. We stopped at a supermarket in downtown Liberia to get coffee, a large container of bottled water, cooler and ice and a some snacks for the road. I've read about the soda stands and how fresh  and affordable they are. [...]

By |June 27th, 2017|Categories: Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Honeymooning in Costa Rica – Day 1 Liberia

Honeymooning in Costa Rica - Day 1 Liberia 24 hours ago I was sitting next to my bride in her wedding dress under the stars back home in Colorado. Now we are in a small room at Marlene's house in Liberia, Costa Rica, starting our new life and our honeymoon. Last time we came to Costa Rica was 2 years ago when we first started dating and we stayed at a resort in Puntarenas which was very nice with the limited amount of time we had. This time we are staying in airbnb's and touring the country. So far we are totally pleased with the experience. Marlene's taxi driver picked us up at the airport at 9pm and dropped us off at her house before 10pm. Marlene is working with the rental company to get the car dropped off to us tomorrow morning. She welcomed us at the door with [...]

By |June 26th, 2017|Categories: Travel|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Garmin Edge 520 is still the best cycling GSP/computer

I have been eyeing the Garmin Edge 520 on fellow racer's bikes for years and wondered if I should hold out until the price dropped on the newer model, or an even newer one was released. With a list price of $280 it's right at that point where I could take it or leave it, probably should leave it. I am addicted to checking my elevation and PRs and coming up with dumb names for my rides on Strava and it's borderline devastating when I know that a ride I normally get 2,000 + feet of elevation gain is recorded with 100 feet. Or when I ride with friends and our time/elevation/mileage are way off from each other. I'm not the fastest but I like to see them gains! So I've compared Android and Apple, Galaxy and Note and I think it just comes down to the GPS hardware and [...]

By |June 7th, 2017|Categories: Bikes, Gear|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Winter Adventure in Iceland

Winter Adventure in Iceland Day 1 - The Golden Circle We decided that once we landed (at 6am Icelandic Time) we would drive the Golden Circle and stay awake in order to get our bodies on the Icelandic time schedule. Visit to Geyser Visit Gullfoss, eat at the cafeteria, use free wifi Soak in Fontana Hot Springs, shower, eat some bread cooked using thermal energy Drive around Lake Thingvallavatn Head back to the Noodle Station Visit Hallgrímskirkja (Lutheran Church of Iceland) The church is beautiful regardless of your beliefs. When we were there two women were singing and playing the pipe organs. For 1000 Kr (~$8 USD) you can take a lift to the top to get a 360 view of the capitol. It is 73 meters tall and it is the largest church in Iceland [...]

Riding Above Treeline Jones Pass to Herman Gulch

Riding Above Treeline: Jones Pass to Herman Gulch Getting There From Denver take exit 218 from I-70 W (about 1 hour from downtown Denver).Cross I-70 and park at the Herman Gulch Trailhead. Load up your bikes and gear and get back on I-70 E. Take the exit for US 40 E to Henderson Mine Rd (about 22.5 miles from Herman Gulch Trailhead). Follow Henderson Mine Rd up as high as you like. You can park at or near the Continental Divide. We parked off US 40 E and rode up because we are hard core like that. 8.4 Miles Rating 1,171' Ascent -3,333' Descent Alpine Single Track Terrain Yes Shuttle Overview From the parking area at the top of the Continental Divide the hike a bike starts. There is also usually a large [...]

By |January 1st, 2017|Categories: Bikes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Getting Engaged in Kauai

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 [...]


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