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Morning Glory Smoothie By Hadley Hammer

Morning Glory Smoothie By Hadley Hammer

Morning Glory Smoothie

Sometimes, with Alpine Starts, there’s so little time in the morning that one needs to combine breakfast and coffee into one step. While tossing in a cup of coffee to your usual berry and greens smoothie wouldn’t taste great, there is an alternative way to get your morning nutrients and caffeine with just one blend. This smoothie was my go to on early winter mornings before heading up Jackson Hole’s classic dawn patrol ski lap on Mount Glory. The banana and mulberries give you instant energy while the cashews provide enough protein to keep you going longer on the trails. And of course, the caffeine from Alpine Start will ensure that you’ll be the fastest on the bootpack- or at least the one having the most fun.

¼ cup dried mulberries
¼ cup cashews
1 banana
¼-½ tsp cinnamon (depends on your spice level)
1 tsp honey
¼ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup water
1 Alpine Start
1 cup ice
Mix water and Alpine Start packet together in a separate cup. Add all ingredients to a blender, pouring in the coffee last. Blend on high until smooth.

**I like to think of smoothies as fridge cleaners, so I often throw in more things in to boost the meal and ensure zero food waste. A handful of spinach tastes great, an avocado will make it creamier, or if you have adaptogens such as tocos or maca they flavor well in this drink.

Hadley Hammer is a professional skier and food enthusiast based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. While she's not chasing snow filming with Teton Gravity Research, you can most likely find her in a kitchen or searching out the best croissant.

Leave No Trace Hosts River Cleanup

Leave No Trace Hosts River Cleanup

Boulder, CO: The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics partnered with Outlier Productions to bring over 20 outdoor brands together for a river clean up along Cherry Creek Trail and Platte River in Denver, CO on May 24, 2017. The event began at REI flagship store and from there participating companies collected trash along the popular trail followed by an after party at Denver Beer Company with a silent auction and prizes. Through this event Leave No Trace was able to rally the outdoor industry and benefit the local community’s recreational space in a message to Outdoor Retailer than Denver should be its next home for its biannual trade show.


Participating companies included Subaru, Keen, Deuter, Nite Ize, Sea to Summit, The North Face, Alpine Start Foods, Mountain Hardwear, Orvis, ArcTeryx, Patagonia Denver, Royal Robbins, Denver Beer Co., Runners Roost, Crazy Mountain, Joyride Brewing Co., Jagged Mountain, Mountainsmith, Kelty, Sierra Designs, Green Guru, Down River, Rep Your Water and Outlier Productions.

With a total of over 75 volunteers, we covered over 12 miles and were able to collect 2,250 gallons of trash along the river.  By participating in the event, these brands raised a total of $9,000.

All funds raised will go to support the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics Hot Spot Program. Hot Spots are all public lands — city parks, forests, open space land, national parks — across the country that have sustained damaged from overuse. In its sixth year, the Leave No Trace Hot Spot program has helped dozens of damaged public lands regain their health and long-term sustainability through weeklong, onsite education and events, engaging the local community in training, service and outreach.


Photo Credit to Mahting Productions:http://www.mahting.com/

How we got started..

How we got started..

     Have you ever had to wake up and start your day at 3 a.m.? I sure have, many times! Not only do you have to wake up, but you have to organize your gear, motivate your partners, and most importantly, make the coffee. One of these things could be made easier, and that is why I created Alpine Start. A way to make coffee in an instant, so you can focus on the bigger challenges that are in front of you.

     I have tried every instant coffee on the market, and let’s be honest, it doesn’t have the best rap. However, there wasn’t much of a choice. So, for the past year, that was my challenge. Creating an instant coffee people would be psyched on, and didn’t have to sacrifice bad coffee for time.

     The idea first came to me when I was on a climbing expedition in the Bugaboos of British Columbia. After drinking so much shitty instant coffee, I realized there just wasn’t a quality premium instant coffee on the market. At the time I didn’t know much about starting a business or even much about coffee. All I knew was I had a good idea and I was willing to put in the time and effort to figure it out. I also had the idea of the name, Alpine Start. It was my life for the past 15 years. It felt like everything was coming together, but I had one problem… How the heck do you make an instant coffee taste good?!

     After coming home from the Bugaboos I partnered with Boulder’s local food star Alex Hanifin, and enlisted Amy Burke as our designer. The ball was rolling and it only took us a few months to learn everything we could about instant coffee. It involved a lot of taste testing, lots of meetings and at the end of the day being shut down for the first few months.

     But with this team, it would take a lot to get us to stop. We were on a mission and with the dedication and passion, we finally created an instant coffee we all loved. And from there on, the momentum continued. We shared it with our family and friends, and before we knew it, we had our business and a product we loved.

     It didn’t take long until we had to grow our team. So we brought on another business star, Michael Crouch, into the family as our Chief of Operations.

     It’s amazing what such a small team has done. It’s been almost two years since the idea came to me and just about a year since I touched the first box of “Alpine Start”- my own premium instant coffee.

     I can’t tell you how crazy of year it’s been, lots of ups and lots of downs but I’m super excited to announce we’re in almost 500 doors including a regional launch with Whole Foods and national launch with REI.

     When I was living in my tent in the Bugaboos two years ago I never imagined the day my dream would come to a reality. We’re still young and have lots of kinks to figure out but, I can’t be happier or more proud of my team for bringing us this far.

     So thanks to all of you, we couldn’t have done it without your support.

 - Matt Segal; Founder and Visionary of Alpine Start