Tag: Mountain Biking

Carbondale Biking

Every year in the spring and fall, The League of American Bicyclists awards the distinction of bronze, silver, gold and platinum to cities and towns across the nation that have applied to be Bicycle Friendly Communities; currently there are 260 communities across the nation.  A designation lasts four years, but during the interim, communities can reapply to improve their status. In 2012, Carbondale earned the bronze designation; The Carbondale Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Commission is trying to improve that status to silver.   Carbondale is a thriving bicycle community and hosts various organized bicycle tours such as the Bicycle Tour of Colorado and Ride the Rockies; the paved Rio Grande Trail goes through the heart of town and mountain bike trails are abundant.  With the help of some grants, Carbondale is adding a bicycle park that will be completed in September and will include a pump track, bridges, various obstacles and…

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Friends of Jaywalker Lodge

As they call it in the rooms, I am a newcomer.  I have been recently introduced into recovery when I went to rehabilitation center just over three months ago.  Treatment was only a foundation for me; a small beginning to what I feel now is an endless journey of soul searching and taking an honest look in the mirror.  I was graced by God’s insurmountable presence during a Saturday dinner/speaker meeting at treatment. After the meeting I introduced myself to the speaker and through conversation he told me about a man who is in recovery, lives in my home town and does sponsorship work; he told me to call him as soon as possible.  I did so when I left treatment and met my current sponsor the day after returning home.  This man has been a God sent.  His experience, strength and hope have been testament to God’s will and…

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“Bro”dona 2014

I moved to California about 6 months ago to be with my beautiful girlfriend and continue my career in the recovery industry.  About two weeks prior to my departure from Carbondale, my father died.  The support I received from my fellows in Carbondale was unparalleled.  I had gone on the Sedona trip last year and I told my friends that I would see them then.  For those 6 months, I biked in the hills of Laguna Beach, CA dreaming about being with my friends again.  Mountain biking and fellowship, among other things, helped pull me out of the fog of grief from losing my father.  Now I am here in Sedona, catching up, hearing about all the positive things that are going on in each of their lives, and telling them how wonderful my life is with my amazing girlfriend.  I think the icing on the cake has been the…

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One Mile at a Time

Nine months ago if you had told me that I’d ride in a 50 mile mountain bike race, I’d have told you that you were crazy.  Since the 4th of July, I’ve competed in two 50 mile races.  My older peers from Jaywalker have told me that mountain biking saves lives, and though I’m quite sure that it’s not mountain biking but the program of AA which has saved my life, mountain biking has certainly become a huge part of my life. The AA saying, “One day at a time,” comes to mind when I think about my mountain biking.  What started out as me pushing my bike most of the way up Mushroom Rock every day in Jaywalker last October has turned into the opportunity to compete in the Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race, a distinguished 100 mile mountain bike race that I will be racing in on August 10th….

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What goes up must come down

Jaywalkers and alumni take advantage of the chair lifts at Aspen Snowmass for some epic downhill mountain biking. Riders gear up in full body protection on full suspension bikes to glide quickly over rocks, tree roots, and jumps.Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Serenity Scramble

It’s that time of year again! Jaywalker Lodge is hosting the 6th Annual Jaywalker Lodge Serenity Scramble on Saturday, September 28, at River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carbondale, CO.  All proceeds benefit two local non-profits: A Way Out and Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention.  The shotgun start will kick off at 8:30 AM sharp, followed by an awards luncheon with lunch, a raffle, lots of great prizes, and awards for 1st and 2nd place; longest drive; closest to pin; and best dressed team.   To register, or for more information, please visit www.jaywalkergolfopen.com, or contact Kortney Hartman at khartman@jaywalkerlodge.com, or (970) 704-9292.

Night Riders

With record high spring temperatures during the day, Jaywalker alums take their mountain biking adventures into the night. Our boys strap headlights onto their helmets and fly down local trails above Carbondale. John Schneier Admissions Manager Jaywalker Lodge

Expanding Our Recovery Community

Jaywalker alum’s and the men of A New Path met in Grand Junction today for a beautiful spring mountain bike ride. This was a great way for the Jaywalker alum’s to expand their community and meet some recovering men that did not attend Jaywalker.  Thanks A New Path, for a spectacular day! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

New Meaning…

Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends–this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. –Alcoholics Anonymous Pg. 89 As a new alum emerged from the Jaywalker continuum two veterans picked him up and whisked him away to Moab for a weekend of mountain biking. A clients coin out ceremony signifies the beginning of a new phase of his recovery, the alumni experience. Whether it be mountain biking, climbing, hiking, fly fishing, softball, or skiing, seasoned alums grab each new graduate and carry him into the fellowship. John Schneier Admissions Manager