Crypto Currency

“Instant transactions, no waiting for checks to clear, no chargebacks (merchants will like this), no account freezes (look out Paypal), no international wire transfer fee, no fees of any kind, no minimum balance, no maximum balance, worldwide access, always open, no waiting for business hours to make transactions, no waiting for an account to be approved before transacting, open an account in a few seconds, as easy as email, no bank account needed, extremely poor people can use it, extremely wealthy people can use it, no printing press, no ‪#‎hyperinflation‬, no debt limit votes, no bank bailouts, completely voluntary. This sounds like the best payment system in the world!”
Trace Mayer, J.D., a Leading Monetary Expert on ‪#‎Bitcoin‬ and ‪#‎Gold‬

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…..

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Khristopher’s Culinaire

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…..

A Hydroflask! These amazing double-walled, vacuum-insulated bottles keep your hot liquids hot for 12 hours and cold liquids cold for 24 hours. Available in 18 oz, 40 oz and 64 oz sizes in multiple colors.

Chicks with Picks helps women kick axe

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More ladies taking the sharp end of the rope in rock and ice climbing 

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Kim Reynolds is a natural born athlete, putting on her first pair of skies at the age of three and road tripping with her family by station wagon from their lakeside home in Minnesota to the mountains of Colorado throughout the years as she was growing up.

Reynolds studied outdoor leadership at Prescott College and was guiding clients in the outdoors by the time she was 19 years old.  She’s led expeditions to the Himalayas, taught Antarctica survival courses and competed in the X Games and Ouray Ice Festival.

“I knew I was going to live in the mountains,” Reynolds said. “I’m one of the rare cases of someone who knew what she was going to do.”

In 1999 she founded Chicks with Picks – based in Ridgway – with Kellie Day in order to promote women climbing with women for women, in part because ice climbing was just starting to transition from a well-kept secret to a well-known extreme sport.

“The X Games in 1998 brought ice climbing into the living room,” said Reynolds. “At that time there were very few women that ice climbed.”

Reynolds and Day wanted to create a safe, encouraging space for women to learn how to become proficient ice climbers, not only learning how to top-rope to follow behind a lead climber, but also mastering the more technical aspects fo the sport like setting up anchors and leading climbs on the sharp end of the rope.

“We very intentionally created a fun and supportive atmosphere for women, make a seemingly intimidating sport approachable.” Reynolds said.

Despite the fact that many outdoor climbing areas and indoor gyms tend to skew male, Reynolds says women are naturally better climbers.

Where a man can climb up a difficult route using brute force, she said women move better, with grace and deliberation and often employing better footwork because they can’t rely on the upper body strength advantage men have.

Learning from the sport’s best professional women climbers also means that clinic participants learn the very best technigue, Reynolds added.

If your watching the best women climb, you’re going to learn the best technique,” she said.

Six years ago, Chicks with Picks expanded with Chicks Rock, a series of clinics by women for women that teach rock climbing skills.

Set in some of the most classic climbings crags in the country – Indian Creek in Utah for crack climbing, Red Rocks in Nevada for single-and multi-pitch climbing, and Rifle in Colorado for more difficult grades – Chicks Rock pairs participants with professional lady climbers in an intimate learning environment.

“Women learning from other women is inspiring for the fact that we’re women, we have the same challenges that each other has,” Reynolds said. “Women gain more confidence and support from other women.”

Chicks with Picks has graduated more than 1,000 women in their 16 years of operation, starting with 18 women the first year and now averaging between 100 and 150 women between their ice climbing clinics every year.

Many alumni come back year after year for clinics and become leaders in the sport, Reynolds said.

In addition to training multiple generations of women to be superlative and self-sufficient climbers, the organization has also given nearly $200,000 to local organizations including the Tri-County Women’s Resource Center Chicks with Picks is their largest donor to date – and the Ouray Ice Park.

Chicks with Picks hosting two public slideshow and live auctions this winter to raise money for local organizations, on Jan. 26 and 31 at 7 p.m. at the Ouray Conference and Community Center. 

The Watch 

by Mary Slosson

Associate Editor 

Why ALT-COINS Could Be Value In Storage


If someone told you that alt-coins were the answer to storing gold would you agree? It sounds strange that one would consider storing gold in the form of Bitcoin and the other way around.

However, the Bloomberg Bitcoin Summit was a short while ago, and the consensus from Barry Silbert is that Bitcoin could be the way to store gold. As you build your GCR business, do you see the potential for this to happen?

Having a coin backed by gold is awesome, but it’s also good to know that there is value in the coin. What if the GCR coin became the standard to hold value when the dollar goes belly up?

Today, we’ll share with you some thoughts on gold and why using physical gold presents a good challenge that makes alt-coins look good.

Why Alt-Coins Make Better Sense

You’ve been talking about gold or quite awhile, but if you walked around with gold in your pocket all of the time you would get robbed. Walking around with tons of cash isn’t good either, so hat do you do?

Thankfully, the concept of digital currency makes good sense. Would you go to the grocery store with a pile of gold in your hand? Right now, it would be dangerous to walk into a store with gold rather than money.

If you have been trying to figure out how gold and cryptocurency can meld together, Bitreserve started on a good idea. Here is the idea behind what Bitreserve started.

1. It’s a different kind of gold card. 

2. When the gold is sent to the card it is automatically transferred into a fiat currency. 

It’s simple, but it’s also complex in many ways. It’s controversial still, and it’s viewed with 100% support by those who have been buying Bitcoin and other alt-coins and trading successfully.

If you have been anxious about the safety in cryptocurrency, remember that your paper money isn’t doing all that well. Halsey Minor, CEO of Bitreserve made this statement to Inside Bitcoins in a recent article.

When your bills are in dollars, you have to hold your cash in dollars, or you’re risking, depending on how much money you have, you’re putting yourself at risk.

Using this “cloud based system” allows users to hold their money as gold. This also makes it easy for digital transactions which are commonplace in this day and age. Even if you find yourself clutching your checkbook and you are determined to be that one old-fashioned person, just keep in mind that this is probably going to be phased out pretty soon.

We can’t say when or how, and we cannot predict the future. However, we can assure you that what we see happening on the horizon is promising. Gold is something you can see and hold in your hand, therefore you tend to believe it is more real to you.

If you look back over the last ten years, you can see the changes little by little into our virtual world that speak volumes about how the world is changing. So, if physical gold makes you feel better, then you should know that Bitreserve holds physical gold in the vault that is equivalent to what is in their system.

It’s really the only way that they can make sure that their system is reliable. Can you imagine if they were promoting this idea yet had no gold to back it up? The idea that they can turn cryptocurrency into what folks can use for commerce is both ideal and astounding.

Did you ever think that you would see the day when virtual currency was becoming the standard?

If you would like to learn more about how alt-coins and how they fit into the future, and how our GCR coin is coming to fruition, please visit our website at today!