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  • Go hiking on New Years Day
Happy Holidays! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, or are in the midst of enjoying Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. I hope your holidays are full of good times with family and friends.

Gift giving and receiving is one of the highlights of the holidays and getting something new that helps us enjoy our favorite form of recreation is something to appreciate.  A new coat, or skis, or bike, or boots, or whatever was on your wish list, is always cause for excitement. If a gift is a replacement or upgrade for something you already have, or maybe you got more than one of the same thing, you now have to decide what to do with your old gear or with the duplicate gift.

 Sure, you can try to sell it, or exchange it, but instead of dealing with strangers or long lines at a store, consider donating it to a good cause.

For outdoor gear, Mountain Equipment Recyclers will take your used, but serviceable clothing or gear and re-sell them, with the proceeds from the sale of your donated gear going to your choice of one of the many non-profits they support.  If you want to get a little cash for your stuff, and still want to do support a non-profit, you can have MER sell the gear on consignment, and then split the proceeds with you and the non-profit of your choosing.  Either way, you get to move your old gear with a minimum of hassle and do something nice.  Even better, if you were gifted some NEW stuff, and it's not exactly what you wanted, consider donating it or selling it through MER instead of exchanging it.  You can also donate gear to Goodwill or Arc Thrift Stores

click to enlarge You old gear can help benefit one of MER's non-profit partners - BOB FALCONE
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  • You old gear can help benefit one of MER's non-profit partners
If you got some new cycling equipment, MER's sister organization Kids on Bikes and the Pedal Station refurbishes and renews donated bikes and associated cycling gear, and then sells them, with the proceeds going to youth programs in the community.

If you're just looking to make a difference with good old cash, you have a few days left in this years IndyGive! campaign.

Along with the start of the new year, January 1st also brings about "First Day" hikes, intended to get people to start the year on the right foot with some exercise - which not just healthy, but a good way to overcome the side-effects of over-celebrating on New Years Eve.  Many Colorado State Parks will be hosting First Day Hikes, including near-to-Colorado-Springs Cheyenne Mountain, Mueller, Lake Pueblo and Roxborough State Parks. The Colorado Springs Parks Department will be holding a First Day hike in Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

Happy Holidays!

Be Good. Do Good Things.

Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for almost 28 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (@hikingguide), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: info@hikingbob.com.

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