Andy Amick

Thank You!

by Andy Amick

A year ago, I clicked the “Publish” button, sending my Tour Divide book into the world. Two years of writing, and learning to accept my wife’s edits (I still hate that purple pen) came down to a single mouse click. Thank you to everyone who bought the book, or thought about reading the book, or even […]

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Continued Effort

by Andy Amick

A year ago, I put the finishing touches on my first book about the adventure of riding the 2014 Tour Divide. During the race, my friend Brion texted me quotes. I received them when reaching a town that had cell service. Some quotes were funny like “Each year, hundreds of trees grow because squirrels forget […]

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Turn. Take a different turn

by Andy Amick

When I worked in downtown Denver, I took a walk most days at lunch. For years, I turned right out of my building and headed north on the 16th Street Mall. Each day, I saw the same buildings, the same traffic light patterns, and the same sidewalks. Then, one day, as I was walking out […]

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A Bikepacking Trip In 82 Words

by Andy Amick

Yesterday, my buddy Brion and I talked about family, work, bikes, and travel over a couple of beers at Living The Dream Brewery (one of the best breweries in the south Denver area). As those conversations always go, bike trips past and future dominated the time. We talked about a trip from two years ago where we […]

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Merry Christmas Steven B

by Andy Amick

Three years ago, my father-in-law passed away on Christmas morning after battling Alzheimer’s. He impacted his family in many ways – teaching his kids the value of hard work, showing me how calmness and patience were better than my agitation, and teaching his grandkids about Pistol Pete and all things basketball related. But in this post, […]

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“Eye of Sauron” Paracord Hiking Stick

by Andy Amick

It’s time for another paracord wrap. This time with some bright colors, a hole in the middle, and Hobbits. Ok, there are only Hobbit references. Not actual Hobbits The previous stick reminded me of a penguin. When looking at this stick after drilling out a bad knot, “Eye of Sauron” jumped into my head. So, […]

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The Making of “The Penguin” Hiking Stick

by Andy Amick

My youngest son outgrew his original hiking stick with the cool orange Turk’s Head wrap. For his replacement, he chose an aspen branch trimmed from a tree in our front yard. With him being the stubborn kid that he is, he insisted that I leave a section of another branch at the top of the […]

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New products! Simple Surivial Kits

by Andy Amick

After many prototypes and tests, I’m happy to announce the new Survival Kit products for Pale Spruce. Three new non-expiring survival kits are now available. All three kits are pocket-sized and small enough to drop into any backpack without taking up precious space. Weighing between one and three ounces, they try to cover as many […]

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Feeding Kids During a Bikepacking Trip

by Andy Amick

Holy cow! Two boys can eat a lot of food. And, of course, dad has to carry most of it when we go bikepacking. While preparing for our Colorado Trail Segment 1 trip, food became the biggest obstacle. We had a good system for the camping gear, clothing, and JetBoil stove, but where would all […]

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Bikepacking the Colorado Trail with Kids

by Andy Amick

For several years, I wanted to take my boys out on the Colorado Trail, completing one segment at a time. This year, we started that journey by riding Segment 1. Our plan involved two nights of camping along the 17 miles from the Waterton Canyon trailhead to the South Platte River. We could have easily […]

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