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Vince Winkel is the former editor of the BMW Owners News magazine, and media director for the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America.

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Kathy Wickum running trails near Lyons, Colorado.

Profile: Kathy Wickum

  Growing up in Colorado, Kathy Wickum thinks she was born into sports. “I’d like to think I was always into sports, a bit of a tomboy. I ran track, basketball and soccer growing up. I grew up in Littleton, Colorado and was exposed to the Coors Classic (bicycle race) and from there became addicted…. Read More

Climbing is a year round activity. Photo courtesy CMS.

Technical Climbing in RMNP

There is more to technical climbing in the U.S. than Lost Arrow Spire, Half Dome, El Capitan, Devils Thumb and Fairview Dome. A lot more. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the best climbing parks in North America with a great selection of alpine rock spires, high alpine faces, spring couloirs, plus, of course,… Read More

The Trail Ridge Visitor Center, highest in any National Park.

Trail Ridge Road almost open in RMNP

It’s one of the last roads to open each year in the lower 48, and it’s quite the annual ritual. Every year, Rocky Mountain National Park snowplow operators begin plowing Trail Ridge Road in April. Crews from the west side of the park and crews from the east side of the park move slowly along… Read More

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Snowshoeing. Everybody's doing it!

Snowshoeing – it’s for everybody!
Just add snow

Consider this: it’s the fastest growing winter sport in the world, because it is. It’s a great way to get outside in winter, get a workout, a refreshing hike, and not worry about sinking in snow that’s too deep. The sport is easy to learn, inexpensive (compared to other winter sports), poses little risk of… Read More

Tracks lead to Janet's Cabin, one of many in Colorado's 10th Mt. Hut System.

Colorado’s 10th Mt. Hut System – something for all seasons

It started as a winter idea, something to do when the snow flew. The first Appalachian Mountain Club ski hut was built in New Hampshire back in 1888. Construction hasn’t slowed a bit since then. The American tradition of hut-based backcountry skiing, where skiers set up their bases in mountain refuges with ski access, warm… Read More

Looking at the propeller of the submarine.

RF Ambassador Christine Dennison honored

Red Fox Ambassador Christine Dennison of New York City has been awarded the Brazilian Navy League Medal of Honor, for her efforts in discovering the lost World War II submarine R-12, and her 42 entombed sailors. Christine Dennison is the co-founder and president of Mad Dog Expeditions, an internationally recognized technical scuba diving and exploration… Read More

Think of it as  luxury in the backcountry.  Photo courtesy Sun Valley Trekking.

Idaho Yurts: Luxury Winter Camping

WHERE Across Idaho, winter adventurers and yurts go hand in hand! WHY Did you know Idaho has the most yurts-per-person in the country? The appeal of these a circular Mongolian-style yurts is strong, especially in winter. Just imagine looking out of the frosty window of a yurt and seeing the light glowing over the surrounding… Read More

Perched at Big Sky ski resort. Photo by Zach Dischner courtesy Flickr CC license.

Hot Spot: Bozeman, Montana

WHERE Bozeman is located at an altitude of 4,820 feet, with Interstate 90 slicing right though the city. It’s a college town, home to Montana State University. It’s practically surrounded by mountains. The Bridger Mountains are to the north-northeast, the Tobacco Root Mountains to the west-south-west, the Big Belt Mountains and Horseshoe Hills to the… Read More

Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas, NV.

Hot Spot: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Where Red Rock Canyon, just a few miles from Las Vegas, off State Route 159. Why In 1987 I was on an assignment in Las Vegas. I was writing a series on how Sin City was working to change its reputation. I interviewed the governor, the casino owners, and a lot of community leaders on… Read More

Looking up from Albuquerque to the Sandia Mountains at sunset.

Hot Spot: Sandia Mountains, New Mexico

WHERE: The Sandia Mountains is an easily accessible range immediately to the east of Albuquerque, New Mexico within the Cibola National Forest. Part of the range is protected as the Sandia Mountain Wilderness. Its highest point is Sandia Crest, at 10,679 feet (3256m). WHY: Just a short drive from a major metropolitan area of more… Read More

The views are great from the top, or the bottom of the canyon.

Hot Spot: San Rafael Swell, UT

Where The San Rafael River region in Utah north of I-70 is just northwest of the town of Green River, and about two hours west of Grand Junction, CO. Salt Lake City is just over three hours away. Why Central Utah’s San Rafael Swell is a magnificent 80 by 30-mile adventure area packed with mountain… Read More

The Shelf. Little question where the name came from.

Hot Spot: Shelf Road for year round rock climbing

WHERE To get to Shelf Road, travel to Canon City about two and a half hours south of Denver. Shelf Road is on CO-67, just south of Cripple Creek. WHY Whether it’s climbing, bouldering, hiking or mountain biking, Shelf Road has it going on. Shelf Road is located in what is often called Colorado’s “banana… Read More

Wild Rivers in New Mexico? You bet! Great for hikers, mountain bikers, campers, anglers, and whitewater aficionados.

Hot Spot: Wild Rivers Recreation Area, NM

WHERE The Wild Rivers Recreation Area is located within the Río Grande Del Norte National Monument and along the Río Grande Wild and Scenic River and Red River Wild and Scenic River. It’s about a 45 minute drive north of Taos, N.M. WHY If you like to push the limits in a variety of outdoor… Read More

Sunset on Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado

Hot Spot: Horsetooth Reservoir, Colorado

WHERE: Horsetooth Reservoir is just west of Ft. Collins, and about an hour and a half north of Denver. WHY: For the adventurer who leans toward water sports, this is heaven. It’s huge reservoir in the foothills surrounded by almost 2,000 acres of public lands. Horsetooth is a great place for fishing, boating, camping, picnicking,… Read More

Friedi Kuhne slacking in Europe will be touring America.

The Slacker

Friedi Kühne is a slacker. Not that kind of slacker! He works hard, at the sport of slacklining. The Munich, Germany native and Red Fox aficionado/ambassador has become a slacklining master. Slacklining refers to the act of walking or balancing along a suspended length of flat webbing that is tied between two anchors. It is… Read More

Allosaurus tracks along the Purgatoire River, in Picketlands Canyon south of La Junta, Colorado.

Hot Spot: Picketwire Canyonlands, CO

WHERE: The Picketwire (Purgatoire) Canyonlands on the Comanche National Grasslands south of La Junta, in southeastern Colorado. WHY: Dinosaur tracks. We’re talking a lot of dinosaur tracks. These primitive canyons are home to the largest known set of dinosaur tracks in North America, and also Native American rock art and early Hispanic settlements. Don’t let… Read More

The Red Fox crew in their lair - on The Pearl Street Mall.

Hot Spot: Red Fox on Pearl Street

WHERE Red Fox has opened its Boulder store, in the heart of Boulder at 1218 Pearl Street on the mall. WHY Boulder’s newest Hot Spot is our own Red Fox Outdoor Equipment. The store just opened on the famed Pearl Street Mall, in the very heart of downtown. Red Fox designs, manufactures and sells some… Read More

Panorama of the Wind River Range. Photo by Kylir Horton courtesy Flickr CC license.

Hot Spot: Lander, WY – Gateway to the Wind River Range

WHERE Nestled against the foothills of the Wind River Mountains and on the banks of the Popo Agie River, Lander is in west-central Wyoming. It sits on state highway 287, which came up from Ft. Collins, Colorado and continues on into Montana to the north. Lander is 270 miles northwest of state capitol Cheyenne. WHY… Read More

Photo by Lina

Hot Spot: Moab. Utah’s ABC.

Moab is basically Utah’s adventure base camp, simple as that. WHERE Moab is a 3 hour 45 minute drive from Salt Lake City, 5 hours and 20 minutes from Denver or 6 hours from Las Vegas. Just south of Interstate 70, and just west of the Colorado state line. WHY: Red Fox Ambassador Lina Dzekciorius… Read More

Black Canyon of the Gunnison.  Photo by Davey Nin courtesy Flickr CC license.

Hot Spot: Black Canyon of the Gunnison N.P.

  WHERE Black Canyon is a fantastic location in western Colorado, north of U.S. 50 and northeast of Montrose. It’s about 90 minutes southeast of Grand Junction, and four hours southwest of Denver. WHY The canyon’s name owes itself to the fact that parts of the gorge only receive 33 minutes of sunlight a day,… Read More

Small town Buena Vista with a big view in central Colorado.

Hot Spot: Buena Vista, Colorado

Where Nestled in the center of Colorado, between the continental divide and the Arkansas River. It’s near the intersection of Colorado Hwy. 24 and Colorado Hwy. 285, an easy drive from Denver and Colorado Springs. Why Well, why not? The small town of Buena Vista or “BV” has it all. Rafting and kayaking on the… Read More

Checkpoint by a raging river in the 15th Annual Red Fox Adventure Race in Karelia.

Home court dominates 15th RF Adventure Race

The 15th annual Red Fox Adventure Race sponsored by Polartec®, a grueling non-stop, no-sleep challenge in the wilderness, went off without a hitch this past weekend – June 9 – 13 – in the Karelia region of Northwestern Russia at Ladoga Lake on the border of Finland. The 2016 edition had some changes, with the… Read More

Heading out from advanced base camp on the North Ridge of Everest.

RF Co-Founder, Vlad Moroz, summits Mt. Everest

A year after his attempt was stopped by a deadly earthquake in Nepal, Red Fox co-founder Vlad Moroz reached the summit of Mt. Everest on Friday, May 20. Moroz and the Russian team were at advanced base camp (6,400 meters) last year when the earthquake struck. Multiple avalanches shook snow and ice loose from the… Read More

Nearing the top of the course on the Elbrus Ski Mountaineering Race, 2014

The 2016 Elbrus Race Festival

Racing at Altitude Hundreds of athletes will soon be gathering around and on Mt. Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak, for the 8th Annual Red Fox Elbrus Race. It’s an intense week of competition involving alpinists, skyrunners, and skiers from around the world. This festival of extreme sports is a unique event that has been held since… Read More

A metal sculpture depicts the historical pilgrimage of Camino de Santiago. Photo by A Herrero courtesy Flickr CC license.

These boots were made for walking…

…no one needs to worry themselves about how long the walk takes. “It shows that time, the concept of time, doesn’t matter.” — Ann-Karin Tellefsen A very long walk It’s a very long walk, so let’s call it what it really is: a trek. Better yet, a pilgrimage. Known as the Camino de Santiago, this… Read More

Vlad Moroz, co-founder of the Red Fox company, on the summit of Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest behind him on the left.

Red Fox Co-founder to climb Mt. Everest

If it’s April, climbing teams from around the world are heading to base camp below the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest. It’s like that every year. This week, Red Fox co-founder Vlad Moroz left St. Petersburg for the journey to Tibet and base camp, as part of a Russian team that last year was at… Read More

Kayaking is a big part of Red Fox's annual Adventure Race on the Karelian Penninsula

Crazy! RF hosts 15th Adventure Race

Having it light for most of the day tricks your body and allows you to push harder and longer than you would think. —Shawnie Mulligan Next Adventure Race set for June 2016 The 15th annual Red Fox Adventure Race, a grueling non-stop, no-sleep challenge in the wilderness, is slated for June 9 – 13 this… Read More

Messenger bags are easy and convenient to carry.

Messenger Bags for bikers and commuters

The Tarp Messenger Bag series from Red Fox offers a versatile alternative to conventional shoulder and messenger bags available on the market today. The large model can hold up to 30 liters of stuff. What makes the Tarp series of bags truly unique is its gated PVC material which is both water resistant and super… Read More

Posing on Arctic ice near the North Pole.

Profile: Christine Dennison

Oh, she swims with sharks too… Red Fox Ambassadors are special people. They are adventurers who thrive in the elements, always looking for the next great trail or climb or ride. One of our most versatile Ambassadors is New York City native Christine Dennison. Whether on land, in the water or under the ice Christine… Read More

Camp I on Ama Dablam, Nepal.

Winter Adventure Tips

What’s a little snow? It’s December and that means our outdoor adventures take on a different flavor. But snow and ice and cold by no means should put a hold on adventure. It just means some extra preparation, and the right gear. The planning is up to you, and the gear is up to you… Read More

Cruising Colorado. Photo by John Johnson

Road Riding with Red Fox – Pt. II

You need to be comfortable. Whether you’re slabbing across I-70 through Utah, exploring Route 64 in New Mexico, cruising up U.S. 61 across Mississippi or venturing along on the coast of Maine on U.S. 1, you need to be comfortable. Because if you aren’t comfortable the ride is going to stink. And as winter approaches… Read More

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Autumn comes to Rocky

Autumn is a great time at the Rocky The days are getting just a bit shorter. Yes, summer is about over; no big deal. There is plenty still going in the high country above the Red Fox North American headquarters in Lyons, Colorado. The action never stops here. As the aspen trees start to turn… Read More

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Road Riding with Red Fox

If you ride a motorcycle, you know the importance of great gear. Not average gear. But stuff that keeps you dry, warm and comfortable. Whether you ride to work, on Sundays, or up to the Arctic Circle you want good gear. That’s where Red Fox comes in to play. The Red Fox catalog has fantastic… Read More

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Part II: Our 1st Russian Adventure

Mud. Thick, deep mud. Thick, deep, gooey Russian mud. “Slogging through the mud in that river, was the most fun,” said U.S. team captain Jimi Alida as she reflects on the 72-hour long course of the 14th Red Fox Adventure Race in Russia. “We were in mud up to our chests. It was such fun.”… Read More

Kathy and Jimi finish up one leg of the kayak portion of the 14th Red Fox Adventure Race

Our 1st Russian Adventure Race

“I’d do it again!” Kathy Wickum and Jimi Alida are sitting in the backroom of Red Fox North America in Lyons, Colorado, with huge grins on their faces. “Oh it was amazing,” said Kathy. “I’d do it again in a second,” added Jimi. The two are remembering the 72-hour long course of the 14th Red… Read More

Centennial Events at RMNP – August 10-18

The year-long celebration of Red Fox neighbor Rocky Mountain National Park and its 100th Anniversary continues in August. There are a lot of exciting things going on up the hill. So after you check out the back-to-school special deals at Red Fox in Lyons, head on up to the park! August 10-11 Rocky Mountain Conservancy… Read More

Climbing is a year round activity. Photo courtesy CMS.

Technical Climbing in RMNP

There is more to technical climbing in the U.S. than Lost Arrow Spire, Half Dome, El Capitan, Devils Thumb and Fairview Dome. A lot more. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the best climbing parks in North America with a great selection of alpine rock spires, high alpine faces, spring couloirs, plus, of course,… Read More

Afternoon thunderstorms are common at RMNP in the summer. Plan accordingly.

Safe Hiking tips for RMNP

Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass some spectacular mountain environments. It has over 300 miles of hiking trails above and below timberline. Numerous factors come into play if you want a safe hiking experience. Thunderstorms, lightning, a surprise snowstorm, dangerous wildlife, or maybe an unstable rock at the edge of a cliff are… Read More

The Agnes Versailles Shelter.

The Rocky Awaits You

  With summer officially underway, it’s time to get serious about a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) in this its 100th anniversary. After all, Rocky is just up the road from North America’s only Red Fox shop. So grab some gear at the Lyon’s store, and then come up the hill to RMNP…. Read More

Kathy Wickum running trails near Lyons, Colorado.

Profile: Kathy Wickum

  Growing up in Colorado, Kathy Wickum thinks she was born into sports. “I’d like to think I was always into sports, a bit of a tomboy. I ran track, basketball and soccer growing up. I grew up in Littleton, Colorado and was exposed to the Coors Classic (bicycle race) and from there became addicted…. Read More

Bouldering on a trip out west.

Profile: Amy Caldwell

  The colder it is on the shores of Onega Lake in Russia for the 14th Red Fox Adventure Race, the better it’ll be for Amy Caldwell. The Vermont resident got her start in Duluth, Minnesota, not too far from the Canadian border. When she was five she started swimming on the local team, braving… Read More

A shot from last year's adventure race. Not all things can be trained for.

Profile: US Team member Shawnie Mulligan

  Shawnie Mulligan likes to run, a lot. The 35-year old Ft. Collins native, who now lives in Eagle County, Colorado, is one of the world’s top trail runners. She’s also a member of the U.S. team traveling to Russia in June for the 14th annual Red Fox Adventure Race, powered by Polartec. That incredible… Read More

The Trail Ridge Visitor Center, highest in any National Park.

Trail Ridge Road almost open in RMNP

It’s one of the last roads to open each year in the lower 48, and it’s quite the annual ritual. Every year, Rocky Mountain National Park snowplow operators begin plowing Trail Ridge Road in April. Crews from the west side of the park and crews from the east side of the park move slowly along… Read More