Jaywalker Alumni Trip – Winter 2017

Over the last 7 years I have been blessed with the opportunity to attend 13 official Jaywalker alumni trips. Whether we are surfing in San Diego, mountain biking in Sedona, hiking in Zion National Park, or backcountry cat skiing in Silverton, our trips never disappoint!This last weekend, 10 Jaywalker alums headed to Silverton, Colorado for a few days of adventure. We were lucky enough to reserve a backcountry cat which would transport the 10 of us up and fortunately, not down the mountain!What I’ve learned over the years is this: We have fun, we have a lot of fun, but the best part is not what happens on the mountain, it’s what happens on the drive home, or the dinner that night, or reminiscing about it years later. The bond created on these trips is unlike anything I’ve seen before and an experience not to be missed.Donnie H

A New High: Mountain Biking Helps Endurance Racer Reclaim Life After Drug Abuse

Dave Krimstock, Jaywalker Expedition Assistant and Alumnus, was featured in Mountain Flyer Magazine this month.  The feature includes Dave’s experience, strength, and hope within his own recovery and accomplishment.  Thank you Dave for your leadership and commitment to helping other men discover themselves. http://www.mountainflyermagazine.com/view.php/a-new-high-mountain-biking-helps-endurance-racer-reclaim-life-after-drug-abuse.html

Basalt Men’s Basketball League Champions!

By: Alex Cable On the Eve of December 11, the men of Jaywalker Lodge went to war. The finals for Basalt’s Men’s Basketball League was under way and unlike last year, where our Jaywalker men won without question, we were not the favorite. Our team dealt with a lot of adversity this year and lost almost half of the games they played in during the regular season. The Jaywalker team was the 5th seed when the playoffs came around, which out of 6 possible playoff spots meant we were the underdog. The men won their wild card game with ease and moved on to the finals but the day of the finals would prove to be an uphill battle. Our team played in the semifinal game at 6pm last night and for 90% of the night they were down on the scoreboard. Emotions ran high coming into the last minute…

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Making the most out of Service Work

Countless times I’ve been told service work is a cornerstone to a solid life in recovery. Service commitments at meetings, working with sponsees, and volunteer work are all common examples of how we as recovering alcoholics and addicts attempt to get out of ourselves and move towards more selfless lives. Thus far in my own recovery, volunteering and helping others has assisted me through numerous tough times by allowing me to focus on something other than my own current dilemma. Don’t get me wrong, the volunteer gigs don’t always come with the most exciting or enjoyable work assignments, but that makes these experiences perfect practice for life! I have found that a little bit of humor and imaginative fun while volunteering is extremely contagious amongst people I interact with at an event, and in the same way, I know that my own day is often made better just by seeing…

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Happy 5 year Anniversary to Alex C.

When Alexander Collins first entered the valley he was loud and rambunctious and you could never get him to just be silent……….ha. Seriously though, Alex was slaving away, working in a kitchen on the mountain that we call Snowmass until his dream job came up, Night Technician at THE Jaywalker Lodge. He jumped on it immediately and never looked back. Over the last couple of years Alex worked his way up through the company and is now our fearless leader over that the lodge.  But who Alex is,  goes deeper than all the fantastic work he has done for this company. When I first was hired here all I could think about was “damn my boss looks like he eats whole baby cow for meals and could rip a man’s head off with 2 fingers”, and of course Alex and I had our differences, , he can be a little…

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Brock B. – Alumni Blog

Overcoming Challenges – Xterra Race  By Brock B. I will start by saying that I never thought I would complete a triathlon.  In fact, before I moved to Carbondale, I had never even been on a mountain bike.  I remember during my intake at Jaywalker lodge, I expressed my concern about being able to keep up with the most basic fitness activities.  But I quickly fell in love with mountain biking.  I love being able to push myself to my physical limit on the uphill and then rip as fast as I can on the way back down.  Our Jaywalker alumni network has some of the best riders I have ever seen and they all push me to want to improve. I have been fortunate to work at a job that allows me to network with some of the most interesting people in the Roaring Fork Valley.  One of these…

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Alumni Race Success in August

August Alumni Races Leadville 100 & Mt Sneffels 13.1 Over the weekend we had multiple Jaywalkers racing in Colorado.  First was the Leadville Trail 100 MTB race, which is a grueling race with 12,000 feet of climbing all above 9,000 feet elevation.  Three men competed in Leadville, one being Dave K. who came in 17th overall with a time of 7:07.  Leadville 100MTB rookie Breton M. smashed his debut and came in with a time of 8:25, which is well under the cutoff for a big buckle trophy.  Jaywalker Alum Bob M. set out to do something a little bigger for this race.  He raised $11,500 for Shatterproof which is a national organization that is dedicated to fighting addiction.  Bob also hammered out a 9:17 in the race, and exemplified the spirit of service. Secondly, we had two men run the Mt. Sneffels Half Marathon in Ouray, CO.  Seth H. and…

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Bryce Celebrates 1 Year

I met Bryce last year when I was in the transition from night tech to weekend day tech.  I was a bit nervous and out of touch with life.  I remember Bryce coming into to the tech office full of life and energy.  He has a wonderful outgoing personality and he helped me with my introduction back into communication with the client population.  I was stuck in this fearful shell from working overnights and Bryce was my out!  There was one evening in particular where Bryce taught us how to “Whip it & nay nay,” and it was the first time I was able to get out of that shell and enjoy being free!   He showed me how to feel comfortable with who I am and that it is ok to be me.  God places people in our lives to help us with our personal journey in recovery.  Bryce may…

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April Alumni Spotlight – Brian G

I was born in Denver Colorado. I always had an affinity for outdoor sports and athletics. Growing up I felt like I never fit in anywhere but sports. When I turned fifteen I found drugs. Then I really felt like I fit in! Drugs were my way to escape. I didn’t have to worry about failing out of high school or being sent to an alternative school so I could graduate on time. When I moved to Steamboat Springs to go to college, it was my tiny window of sanity before my ultimate downfall. I was able to ski and have fun with some like minded people and attend classes sporadically. I couldn’t stay in one place for very long so I moved to Denver and attempted to help out with the family business of building and installing custom wine cellars. Over the course of moving there I fell in…

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St. George Alumni Trip

Over the past weekend I was lucky enough to attend the Jaywalker Alumni trip to St George, Utah.  To anyone that has never attended the alumni trips, I would highly recommend it.  Not only was I able to get away from the rain and snow of this Colorado spring, but was able to reconnect with many good friends I have not seen in years after my departure from Carbondale.  I was reminded of the true meaning of friendship and brotherhood in sobriety after seeing everyone again.  There was a good amount of Jaywalkers I had not met before the trip and had an amazing time getting to know them as well!  I moved to Boulder, CO several years ago and had almost forgotten how awesome the group of guys at Jaywalker are, and how amazing Carbondale is.  It is so comforting knowing that we can accomplish anything in the world,…

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