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The Drop-In: Climbing on Gold Butte and saying goodbye to summer

For this final episode of The Drop-In for the summer 2021 season, your hosts Kelsey and Rose are enjoying an evening rock climbing session at Gold Butte.

The Gold Butte climbing area in Aspen is managed by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and consists of bolted routes that range from 5.7 to 5.11. While the walls here are great for climbing in the evening and the winter due to the amount of sun they get, the rock is a sandstone and can be soft and loose, so make sure you do not climb when its wet or damp and be mindful of the holds you use. Helmets are recommended when climbing/ belaying at Gold Butte due to the loose rock.

Click here for more information on Gold Butte.

The Drop-In will return for the 2021/22 ski season, which typically kicks off in Aspen-Snowmass in November on Thanksgiving.

The Drop-In: The New Shoshone with Dave and Nate

After the mudslides ravaged Glenwood Canyon, there’s some new features on the Shoshone stretch of the Colorado River. Our river guide extraordinaire, Nate Krause leads a guided trip alongside The Aspen Times editor-in-chief Dave Krause down this section and his enthusiasm for the new features is infectious. Nate explains that after 3 years of guiding the same stretch of river, he couldn’t be more excited for a change!

The Drop-In: A cultural tour of Snowmass

There’s more to Snowmass in the summer than mountain biking, free concerts and the rodeo, there is also art to be discovered (and created) all around the Village! Join Allie and Sara from Snowmass Tourism as they take a figure drawing class at Straight Line Studio, tour Anderson Ranch Arts Center and take pups Fritz and Lindie on the Snowmass Art Walk.

Fore more information about Art Walk visit https://www.gosnowmass.com/activity/art-walk/ and for more info on what to do in Snowmass visit https://www.gosnowmass.com/

The Drop-In: Hiking Crater Lake Trail

Join Rose and Kelsey on a morning hike to Crater Lake in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area. Permits are required to drive up to the Maroon Lake Parking Area: https://aspenchamber.org/plan-trip/trip-highlights/maroon-bells/reservations. However, you can hop on a bus at Aspen Highlands or take a bike up the road. Hiking this 3.5-mile out and back trail can be extended to hike the Four Pass Loop. No permit is required for the Four Pass Loop, but all overnight campers in the wilderness area must self-register. Respect the wildlife signs, trail closures, and rules of the trail!

The Drop-In: Summiting Mount Sopris

Mount Sopris tops out at 12,965 feet and is an over 12 mile (roundtrip) hike. While some people prefer to hike to Thomas Lakes, camp and then summit Mount Sopris the next day, Kaya and her crew decided to tackle it all in one go.


The Drop-In: Biking Maroon Creek Trail

Drop-In with Kelsey on a short, but sweet bike ride on Maroon Creek Trail. This trail is close to town, but you would never know it! It’s quiet, beautiful and right along the creek.

The Drop-In: An evening walk to Weller Lake

Located about 9 miles east of Aspen up Independence Pass, Weller Lake Trail is a short (only .6 miles each way) and easy hike into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness that ends at Weller Lake.

On this episode of The Drop-In, join us as we take an evening walk through the woods to Weller Lake.

The Drop-In: Hiking Arbaney Kittle with Kelsey

Arbaney Kittle is a steep, difficult trail and it’s one of our favorites in Basalt. It’s a 3.5 mile out and back trail with gorgeous views and is sure to get you your daily dose of exercise!

Music attribution: Whatdafunk by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Artist: http://audionautix.com/

The Drop-In: Explore Aspen’s past at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum

It’s monsoon season in the Roaring Fork Valley, but don’t let that put a damper on your plans to explore.

On today’s episode of The Drop-In, we’re highlighting a rainy day-appropriate activity by heading inside the Aspen Historical Society’s Wheeler/Stallard Museum to take a look at what makes Aspen, well, Aspen, decade by decade. (Special thanks to Aspen Historical Society Vice President Nina Gabianelli for giving us a tour and sharing her wealth of knowledge!)

And if history with a side of ice cream is more your speed, on Aug. 7, 2021 from 2-4 p.m., visit the museum for the Aspen Historical Society’s annual ice cream social featuring a performance of “A Briefly Complete History of Aspen 2.0”

For more info on the museum and the Aspen Historical Society, visit https://aspenhistory.org/

The Drop-In: Dropping Deadline

In this episode of The Drop-In, Kelsey and Josh take on Deadline by way of Viewline in Sky Mountain Park. It’s a lovely, potentially stormy evening and the cheers from the Snowmass Rodeo can be heard in the distance.