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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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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, passing up [...]

PUSH MTB Suspension Fork Tuning

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 [...]

Before You Travel, Do This to Your Phone

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 [...]


Head cam footage from each trail on the 2010 Stone Temple 8 race course. All music by Thievery Corporation.


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