Tincup Whiskey – Mountain Mixer- A hike with Cody Townsend and Elyse Saugstad

Michael Clemente of Engearment.com and Cody Townsend

Tincup Whiskey – Mountain Mixer

Michael Clemente

A hike with Cody Townsend and Elyse Saugstad | And the Tincup Adventure Pack, coming soon!

The Mountain Mixer – #partnerinadventure

This past weekend I headed up to camp at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby for the Tincup Mountain mixer, one of 3 events that Tincup is holding across the country. The idea behind the event, share outdoor adventures with friends or meet your Partner in Adventure. Get outside into the mountains, enjoy a hike or skiing, depending on the season, and some activities with friends to meet others. Hence #partnerinadventrure with the added bonus of connecting over Tincup cocktails at the end.

Michael Clemente of Engearment.com

Michael Clemente of Engearment.com

Whether heading to the event to enjoy great whiskey or just looking to have a fun afternoon in the mountains (or, in my case, BOTH), this event was definitely one to make the trip for.

The afternoon hike was great; I’d spent some time riding the same trails that morning, and taking a hike to slow down and enjoy some conversations connecting with others was really nice. The hosts at Snow Mountain Ranch and with Tincup were awesome. Snow Mountain has more activities than I could have done in a day. Ziplines, hikes, mountain biking, a pool, and more. This is a great escape to consider if you’re looking for a beautiful getaway from the front range. They also have yurts and great facilities if you’d prefer more of a glamping weekend. I took out one of their e-bike rentals in the morning and rode nearly 20 miles on their mountain bike trails without even leaving the ranch. 

Michael Clemente of Engearment.com and Cody Townsend

Michael Clemente of Engearment.com and Cody Townsend

Later that afternoon, during the Tincup event, we took a guided hike, followed up with a whiskey tasting and some lawn games, all in a stunning setting and sharing the experience with like-minded people. I’d also never previously experienced a whiskey tasting, and although I’ve always enjoyed Tincup, it was a chance to try some new varieties. 

I now have even more of an appreciation for what they do. When trying the four different varieties side by side, it became a lot easier to appreciate just how smooth a 10-year whiskey is. And for an aged variety, it’s also very reasonably priced. Trust me, try it.

New York friends, they have one more Mountain Mixer this coming weekend! Tincup’s last event of the summer season is near the Gunks, a climbing mecca. I can guarantee it will be a perfect weekend escape and a fun reason to take a trip north from the city. There is even an organized bus leaving the UWS; this is a no-brainer – you just have to go! 

Michael Clemente of Engearment.com and Cody Townsend

Michael Clemente of Engearment.com and Cody Townsend

Catching up with Cody Townsend and Elyse Saugstad

Elyse said it best, “there absolutely are friends on a powder day” The old adage “no friends on a powder day” may have derived from not wanting to miss out on great skiing, but I had to agree with her; it’s simply not true. My favorite days on the slopes have always been with others, often followed up with frivolity at the trailhead or at the hut following a backcountry adventure.

Cody and Elyse are best known for their professional ski careers, and skiing is what brought them together; a relationship that started as “Partners in Adventure” became so much more. They were at the event as Tincup ambassadors, and I was lucky enough to get some time hiking and connecting with them and their son Indy. As a big fan of Cody’s and having followed the Fifty Project, this was a wonderful surprise.

I talked to Cody about how his life of adventure has evolved since becoming a Dad, upcoming ski projects, and what he and Elyse are up to this summer.

He shared that although it’s the off season, there’s still a ton going on. Parental life keeps them busy, as does working on editing and making ski films. He compared making movies to building a house; steps have to all happen in order and can be complex. He has a few more lines to tackle to complete the 50 Project, which he also commented is his “most in-depth book review ever.” On his adventures, he’s seen other nearby ski lines that would also be incredible. He also mentioned that he has another idea in mind for another ski project following this one. Watch this space.

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Elyse is also working on a ski film, which sounds more relatable, and they said is hilarious, inspired by balancing life as a Mom and a pro skier. 

As one of the most well-known ski couples in the industry, they, too, end their adventures enjoying a whiskey. Cody even shared that during the 50 Project, he had stashed the Adventure Pack at the end to enjoy a celebratory beverage after a huge objective. This brings me to the Adventure Pack.

The Adventure Pack – Coming Soon!

I’ll start by saying that I’m already a Tincup fan, it has been my go-to Whiskey for years, and after attending this event, I have an even greater appreciation for the brand. Cody shared the same sentiment, saying that it was his go-to and one that everyone was happy to share, even before they started supporting him and his adventures.

There is a level of attention to detail and a great story behind the recognizable bottle design, all inspired by the old mining town of Tin Cup here in Colorado. The hexagonal bottle shape? That’s so a bottle doesn’t roll downhill, a design inspired by mine workers who would have used a similar tin can to enjoy some whiskey after a day of work. The included tin cup cap with every bottle to pour a perfect shot for you and a friend after an adventure. 

Michael Clemente of Engearment.com and Cody Townsend

And while this is a mountain-inspired whiskey, great for sharing after adventures, glass isn’t always ideal, nor do you want to carry a full-size bottle for most trips. So with that inspiration for adventure, Tincup has also introduced the new Adventure pack. This is a welcome addition for me, considering I’ve often brought some Tincup on camping and ski adventures. What a brilliant and simple concept, a reusable Stainless Steel canteen that is durable and perfect for the outdoors. It keeps the iconic design and shape and still includes the tin cap to pour or share with a friend. I’m sure this will end up in my ski pack this upcoming season, and I’ll have it on some camping adventures in the near future.

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I should also mention Tincup’s other varieties; I personally had not yet tried one of their aged bourbons until this event. The 10-year and recently introduced Fourteener. After tasting the difference side by side, they’ve inspired me to splurge. It. Is. Worth. It. Deliciously smooth, and for a 10-year aged whiskey, still very reasonably priced. And to support the new Fourteener 14-year-aged bourbon, Tincup has also donated $14k to the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, an organization that helps construct and manage trails on the Colorado 14,000 peaks. Many Colorado locals will appreciate it. I’ve seen the benefits of their work on peaks such as Grays and Torreys and on the new trail work on Shavano.

The new reusable steel canteen is an even better solution than a flask and perfect for adventure. Available for preorder and coming this season to my ski pack.

Michael Clemente

Michael loves to ski. No, seriously,  Michael loves to ski. Let’s qualify this.

Michael Clemente

Michael Clemente

Growing up on the East Coast he found NYC and DJ culture. While working for a massive tech company during the day he played and mixed electronic music at night. Somewhere amid this excess, he found skiing. It was enough to inspire a transfer to Denver. And, after driving over Loveland Pass on his way to ski at Arapahoe Basin for the first time, he realized how good his decision was. He also took up yoga.

Michael Clemente

60lbs lighter and tons of fun later he recognized how skiing had started him on a journey. He gave up the corporate job, bought a truck and a multi-resort ski pass and took off. #trucklife is like #vanlife only smaller and more frugal. A winter touring the US, Canada, and AK was inspiring. But, he wanted to be home in Colorado, so he moved to Summit County and started working in Outdoor Retail.

Did you guess you can find him skiing in the winter? Backcountry or resort its all good. In the summer he is thinking of skiing, riding a mountain bike, or hiking in the mountains.

You can find out more about his trip skiing 22 resorts or some of his other adventures at www.othersidemtn.com or Instagram @michaelclemente

Michael Clemente

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