What we're about

The Western Slope Adventurers (WSA) is a group of motivated outdoor enthusiasts who want to get together and meet other like-minded folks--to share hiking, backpacking, canyoneering, road and mountain cycling, and water sports such as rafting, kayaking, paddleboarding, skiing of all kinds, and more socially oriented outings like dog walks, film festivals, photography, and pot-luck or restaurant dining events.
You are encouraged to BE ACTIVE in the group. The beauty of this and other Meetup groups is to connect online for IRL --"IN REAL LIFE"-- outings.
Although geographically centered in southwestern Colorado (Montrose and Grand Junction) we welcome members, hosts and activities elsewhere.
MeetUp.com allows for a principle 'Organizer' and unlimited number of Assistant Organizers and Event Organizers . If you have an event you want posted to the calendar, you can then be designated as the event organizer. After you have initiated a few events you will probably be invited to become an Assistant Organizer (AO). It will be great if we can expand our network of AOs into all the various population centers of the Western Slope.
Western Colorado is a great place to live and we will meetup up to share it and make it even better , for ourselves, our group and and larger community.

Meetup.com has a cost, and the leadership team pays the subscription fee. The Donation feature on this page is to reimburse the team and any surplus will be used for group events (such as venue rental for social events). Event costs (such as carpooling, camping fees, etc) are managed by the event organizer(s) and we expect participants to be responsible in sharing costs. In keeping with the wishes of our founder, the late Doug Van Etten, membership and events remain free. The only requirements for entry are a willingness to participate, contribute to the group, to show respect to other members and observe responsible outdoor safety and ethics practices.

Upcoming events (3)

Backcountry Film Fest-Montrose, must get tickets in advance!

Ute Indian Museum

Colorado Mountain Club with Winter Wildlands Alliance is sponsoring the Backcountry Film Fest in Montrose! No ticket sales at the door due to limited seating.

Doors open at 6:30pm, movie 7-9pm.

Tickets in advance only, $15 CMC members, $18 non-members:

Watch trailer at:

If anyone is interested in volunteering to organize something social before the movie, please start a comment discussion!

XC SKI Clinic: Uncompahgre Nordic Association-Divide Road Ski Track

I support UNA! Please help support them. Posting this on WSA to help get the word out. You need to register with them, not here, ok? (An RSVP here doesn't get you into the event, see the link below).


Limited Spots Available
What are we practicing?
Classic or Skate Ski Technique
What skill level should attend?
Beginner or Intermediate Skiers
When is it?
Saturday Feb. 11 meet at 9:00am - Clinic from 9:30-12:00
Where to meet?
Divide Rd Nordic Trailhead at the intersection of Davewood and Divide Rd 40min SW of Montrose, CO
How much does it cost?
Recommended donation of $30 to benefit UNA and the Divide Rd Nordic Trails
What will you need to bring?
Skis, Boots, Poles, snack/water and proper clothing for the conditions of the day, and a warm jacket to wear while we are still. - limited ski rentals available by reservation
For more information contact Hollis @ Montrose Surf+Cycle [masked] or Jon Thomas [masked]

10th Annual Anti Valentine's Quandary Hike

Quandary Peak Lower Trailhead

If you're reading this, you're invited to a fun day in the Colorado snow! the 14,272ft summit is always fun, but never guaranteed or required. Join us!

Let's go for a hike! Bring tasty snacks, drinks and a onesie/costume if you want to slip it on for fun! 10th annual winter Quandary hike!
Meet at Blue Lakes trailhead, the parking lot at the corner of 850 Road and 851 Road, Breckenridge, CO.

I'm not a guide. Hike at your own risk. Research the trail. As far as I know, no bus reservations for winter. Bring snowshoes and/or actual, metal microspikes such as Kahtoola or Hillsound; yaktrax, ice trekkers, and other, civilized rubber contraptions you use to walk across a parking lot aren't built for this strenuous hike and they break every year. "Not even once." Bro.

Bring some lunch, snacks, drinks, a onesie for summit pics. You should probably even wear warm clothes too; look up: winter layering. Sunglasses at a minimum, but goggles have proven to be nice in the 20-40mph wind and snow. Pockets are ok for your hands until you take them out so just wear warm gloves or mittens in the first place.
Pack a water bottle. If you haven't successfully used a water bladder on a winter hike before, I recommend a wide mouth Nalgene instead, because -15*F isn't when you want to find out you don't have water for the next 6 hours. Store the Nalgene upside down in your pack so the lid is less likely to freeze.
Snow is deep; gators are angry in the south, but gaiters are awesome in Colorado snow. Bring your trekking poles too, whatever your age is; they're nice in the 30mph winds we've experienced before, but if wind is 4mph, the knees still appreciate them for the downhill.

Pretty sure a few of us are staying in hotels in Fairplay, unless we happen upon a reasonably priced Airbnb for like 10 people, and get committed payments.

Let's get our hike on! Bring tasty snacks, drinks and costumes! 10th annual winter Quandary hike!

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Past events (2,949)

Resort ski: Powderhorn & "Young at Heart"

Powderhorn Mountain Resort

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