2012 Adventure Activities


Outside In Aspen is presented by Good N Natural.

Activities are $100 each including bag lunch.  

All activities are scheduled from 9 am – 2 pm, with the exception of Climb a 14er which will meet at 5:30am, Ski Independence Pass which will meet at 7:00am, and Trail Running which will meet at 7:30am.

Please arrive at Base Camp at Gondola Plaza 30 minutes prior to start time to check in and meet your guide. 

You may book activities for up to four people at a time. Register for one activity and receive admittance to Welcome Party on Friday at 8pm , Apres Pool Party on Saturday at 5pm, Athlete Symposium on Sunday at 3pm, and all Base Camp festivities, Saturday and Sunday from 8-4 pm .  

*All activities are subject to change or cancelation depending on weather and if minimum participant requirements are met.*

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(no experience or gear required) 

  • (Beginner) – Shoshone – Sunday Only
    This section features beautiful scenery and exceptional whitewater in the Glenwood Springs Canyon. Class III water is good for beginners as well as experienced rafters. This is a must do trip if you’re in the Aspen area early in the summer season. Minimum age: 8-12, depending on water level. (Includes refreshments). Length: 4-5 hrs
  • (Intermediate) – Arkansas River – Saturday Only
    Experience this scenic Arkansas River run in the summer with continuous Class IV whitewater rafting that offers plenty of excitement for all abilities for the entire run. Located in Aspen’s backyard and a local’s secret, this is what rafting is all about. Minimum age 12. Length: 4-5 hours

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Kayaking – Led by Willie Kern

(no experience or gear required) 

  • Beginner/Intermediate
    Beginner paddlers start out at the Nature Preserve on the Roaring Fork River 5 minutes above town. We take students on three beautiful sections, each slightly more challenging. They provide a perfect progression for the novice paddler and quick and easy access for a workout or roll session for intermediate and advanced paddlers. Minimum of 2, maximum of 7 participants.

  • Advanced (Sunday Only)
    Paddlers enjoy the Slaughter House section of the Roaring Fork River 5 minutes downstream from Aspen. Intermediate kayakers play in the Toothache rapids 15 min. from town. We also have access to 4 more sections of the Fork and the Colorado River. Minimum of 2, maximum of 4 participants.

All gear, transportation and A.C.A certified instructors included.
Minimum age: 12 Length: 4-5 hours
Offered by: Aspen Kayak Academy

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Climb A Fourteener – Led by Chris Davenport

  • Intermediate/Advanced (Saturday Only, 5:30 am start)
    Weather and snow permitting, we’ll climb Castle Peak a hike requiring good hiking boots and a strong level of fitness. The Elk mountain range surrounding Aspen contain six peaks above 14,000 feet and are some of Colorado’s most rugged and beautiful mountains. The Elks provide relatively easy access to a superb mountain playground. At 14,265 feet, Castle Mountain is the highest in the Elk Range. With a 4-wheel-drive road to 12,800 feet, it is a comparatively short hike and a good introduction to the Elks. The trailhead is located up Castle Creek Rd, past Ashcroft. Because of the length of the hike and because alpine weather can turn bad in the afternoons, we’ll meet at base camp at 5:30am to head to the trail head.

Should conditions on Castle Peak be unsuitable due to snow-pack, another peak will selected by the  guides.
Transportation and experienced guides included.
Minimum of 3 and Maximum of 12 participants.
Minimum age: 12
Length: 6-8 hours


Stand-up Paddle Boarding – Led by Chris Klug (Saturday) and Charlie MacArthur (Sunday)

(no experience or gear required) 

  • Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
    A new passion for the Academy is the sport of stand up paddling (SUP) in the river. Charlie started SUP in Fiji in ’03 on his honeymoon and soon brought a surfboard and paddle to the rapids of Colorado. Now using specialized shorter, thicker and wider boards, with the help of C-4Waterman based in Oahu, Hawaii, the Academy is now offering instruction in SUP on the river! It is an amazing thrill and an incredible core workout as well. Beginner paddlers start out at the Nature Preserve on the Roaring Fork River 5 minutes above town. We take students on three beautiful sections, each slightly more challenging. They provide a perfect progression for the novice paddler and quick and easy access for a workout or roll session for intermediate and advanced paddlers.

All gear, transportation and A.C.A. certified instructors included.
Minimum of 2 and Maximum of 7 participants per guide.
Minimum age: 12
Length: 4-5 hours
Offered by: Aspen Kayak Academy 

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Mountain Biking (Sunday Only)- Led by Sari Anderson

(no experience or gear required) 

  • Beginner-Intermediate (Jeep Road with some single-track) – SUNDAY Only
    Designed for the beginner to intermediate rider, to gain basic skills, focusing primarily on optimal shifting, braking, body positioning, bike handling, and visual focus. Rides will take place on Lincoln Creed Road (rolling Jeep road) and Smuggler Road (steeper uphill Jeep road) or Hunter Creek (Jeep and single-track). Includes full suspension bike rental, water, and helmet.

Four Mountain Sports is offering 20% off rentals if participants mention they are participating in Outside in Aspen. 520 E. Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, (970) 920-2337
Minimum of 2 and maximum of 6 participants per guide.
Minimum Age: 12
Length: 4-5 hours

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Road Biking (Sunday Only) – Led by  Jesse Thomas

  • Strong Intermediate/Advanced
    Road Biking clinics specifically designed for riders looking to build strength at altitude and who love to ride in the hills and on mountain passes.   

Guide to Participant Ratio 1:5
Required gear: A well-tuned bike, helmet, water, and weather appropriate bike clothing/gear.
Road Bikes can be rented in advance by making a reservation at Aspen Velo Bike Shop, and mentioning Outside in Aspen in the comments section. Outside in Aspen participants will receive a 20% discount on bike rentals 
Four Mountain Sports is offering 20% off rentals if participants mention they are participating in Outside in Aspen. 520 E. Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, (970) 920-2337

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Rock Climbing - Led By Chris Anthony (Saturday) and Jake Norton (Sunday)

(no experience or gear required) 

  • Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
    Experience the fun and ease of rock climbing. With an emphasis on safety and enjoyment, certified guides will take you on a fun and unforgettable experience from the ground up! 

For the complete novice student or the experienced climber who requires additional training, you will receive the full spectrum of state-of-the-art professional instruction. Our informative teaching progressions and low student-to-guide ratios assure the maximum attention that each individual deserves.

 The location will be Independence Pass, a beautiful canyon surrounded by granite crags. Independence Pass offers ideal climbing for beginners to experts with easy top-roping to challenging multi-pitch routes. Guide ratio – 4 students to 1 guide.
  • Multi Pitch Climb (Additional cost of $50, Saturday Only)
    Take your climbing to the next level on this trip. Several pitches make for a more technical climb and the opportunity to lead one of the sections. Some climbing experience required. Minimum of 2, maximum of 3 particpants per guide.

Includes: All rock climbing equipment (shoes, harness, helmet, ropes, climbing hardware).
Transportation and experienced guide included
Length: 3.5 hours.
Min. age 7

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Hiking - Led by Christy Mahon and Eric Larsen (Saturday) & Good ‘N Natural Founders (Sunday)

  • Beginner/Intermediate
     Embark on one of Aspen’s famed day hikes to see beautiful mountain surroundings.

Transportation and experienced guide included.
Minimum age: None as long as fitness is there.
Clinic size 2 to 8 participants.
Guide to Participant Ratio 1:4
Length: 4-5 hours

High Altitude Trail Running (Sunday Only)

  • Advanced: Trail Running (Sunday Only, 7:30am start at the Ute Mountaineer)  

    Gather with the locals who are training for the Aspen Backcountry Marathon and join them on their weekly training run. Running fitness required.

Transportation and experienced guide included.
Minimum age 18 (exceptions can be made for those with a race resume)
Transportation to / from Trailhead Included
Length: 4-5 hours including transportation and lunch

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Fly Fishing

(no experience or gear required)

  • Colorado Fly Fishing at its Best
    Join us for guided wade fly trips on local waters. Less than 10 minutes from downtown Aspen, the Roaring Fork River is designated as a Gold Medal fishery. This river offers some of the finest fly fishing in North America. Regardless of your level of experience, our thoughtful and attentive guides will ensure that you enjoy your day on the river. Anglers will find summer on our trout streams to be a very special time.
  • Private Water (additional cost $75)
    Aspen Outfitting Company holds exclusive leases on the area’s largest selection of private water. Take advantage of this trip to fish water this is not open to the public. This type of venue provides a fishing experience that is both exciting and private and is sure to be a memorable event.

Guide Ratio – 2 anglers to 1 guide.
Includes all gear, transportation and refreshments.
Length – 4-5 hours
Minimum Age: 12
Offered by: Aspen Outfitting Company 

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Adventure Dog Workshop – Led by Mike Stewart

One day workshop 9am-2pm

Meet at Outside In Aspen Adventure Base Camp. Guide will walk with participants and their pets to a nearby park where we’ll focus on developing a compatible adventure dog, perfect for any outside activity or destination.

  • Specific training and techniques for enjoying the following activities with your dog:
    • Hiking/jogging
    • Mountain biking
    • Watercraft
    • Campsite manners at fireside during meals.
    • Trail assistance

  • In addition there will be instruction on obedience, steadiness, all the elements necessary for trail manners, and a few tips on canine first aid, nutrition, health care, and extended overland travel. We’ll also have a presentation on our Adventure Dog Certification program. It is not necessary to have your dog present to participate in the workshop.

Maximum participants: 12
Minimum age: 18
Required Gear: Participants will need to bring: Lead, collar, tote or backpack, water, a bowl for the dogs (or they can drink out of the nearby pond or stream)
Presenter: Mike Stewart of Wild Rose Kennels
For more information, visit www.uklabs.com 

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Adventure Sports Photography – Led by Lucas Gilman

  • Beginner-Intermediate to Advanced Photographers
    In this class we will cover field techniques in Adventure Sports Photography in a hands-on, in-field workshop, there will not be classroom time. Everyone will improve their photography skills from their current level. The emphasis in this class is fieldcraft adn working with the natural world as a photographer. We will explore concepts such as working with athletes and outdoor photography, light, composition, and the scenic landscpe.

Maximum participants: 12
Required Gear: Camera, lenses, flash, lightweight tripod, filters, lens hoods, lens cloth, battery charger, batteries, memory cards and a rain cover for your backpack and camera, cable release and your cameras manuel.
Clothing: Wear comfortable outdoor clothing and walking shoes. Layer for changing conditions and bring a rain jacket.

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