Two weeks out of the country - no makeup, no jewelry, no WiFi, no cell service. Hiking through the Andes Mountains. I highly recommend it.
More coming soon ✨
First time running up Mount Bierstadt was a success! And I did it solo ☺️ This 14,065-foot mountain provided the ultimate weekend adventure!
Love cruising (at) altitude ⛰✨✈️
Last summer was the first time I ever saw an alpine lake in person and they’ve slowly been carving out a space in my heart. How could they not? ❤️
Thank ya, anonymous 🤟🏼
I’m caught somewhere between relief, happiness, fear, antsyiness and total, total, total exhaustion.
This weekend, I summited Longs Peak with a friend. For those unfamiliar with the 14ers in Colorado, it’s one of the hardest mountains above 14,000 feet to summit in the state.
Add heavy fog, insane wind and bitter cold, and you have an already-treacherous route made that much more difficult with slippery rocks.
It challenged me — physically, mentally and emotionally — more than anything I’ve ever done in the outdoor space. We spent most of the journey to the summit completely terrified and doubtful we’d actually get there. But then we did. And while the fog enveloped the top so we could barely see people 20 feet away, we had a little celebration before strapping our helmets on and heading back down.
Blue sky came out for most of our descent - a reminder that sometimes the peak of a challenge won’t reward you in the way you think. That you may have to push a little farther out of your comfort zone than you think.
It’s been three days since we summited and I still have bruises, a sore wrist from catching myself during a fall and faint numbness as the feeling in a few fingertips slowly returns. Probably a little mental exhaustion. But looking back now, I feel mostly pride. I overcame a lot to get up there and back in one piece.
They challenge me like nothing else, but perhaps that’s why I love mountains so much.
Hey there! Welcome to the cool kids club 🤙🏼
I use Ultimate Direction Tace Vesta 4.0. HOWEVER. I am looking for a new one for next season because this one gives me a couple problems:
-The bladder (I used a 1.5-liter bladder) bounces around, no matter how much I tighten it. It feels very disconnected from my body.
-Two plastic fasteners on the bottom dig into my lower back, so I have to cover them with a fabric each time I go out or I get massive blisters/bruises.
So, I actually don’t recommend what I use. I have heard Salomon’s packs are really solid, so I’ll probably try that! I like packs that feel more like a shell instead of a long, loose blob down my back, which is why I don’t like the one I currently have. But it’s up to you and what feels best. Most running stores will let you try a pack for a couple weeks and return it if you don’t like it, so check that out.
Good luck on your 50K!!!
Another Saturday romping in the mountains, but this time, with a race bib!
The North Face Grand Traverse took us 40 miles from Crested Butte to Aspen and every step was this beautiful ✨
Wild hearts can’t be broken 🔥
Getting an inkling of my old speed back ✨
A few weeks ago, we went on our first real backpacking trip. Started in Crested Butte, hiked to Aspen and then went back the way we came.
A few days in the wild was just magic. We walked through fields of wildflowers and I ran my hands through them for miles. We hiked behind the famous Maroon Bells before seeing it (again!) in person the following morning. We slept like babies in a campsite flattened out by an avalanche. We crossed rivers that tested my confidence. And footwork. The whole long weekend ignited so much joy. I can’t wait to pick up this new hobby again next summer ☺️
Almost got blown off the mountain in the process, but finally carved out time to summit James Peak!
You can still find wintery conditions in Colorado if you know where to look 😂
Of course! I’ve always been a writer and liked telling people’s stories more than creating fiction. That’s what led me to trying out journalism.
I started with a lot of general news (which basically means anything and everything), then focused on features (more human interest-type of stories). Then I moved to crime, which was always fascinating. But even when I knew I wrote a great, all-encompassing story, those ones still made me feel sad. Don’t think for a second that journalists leave their stories at work. I carry haunting memories of bodies thrown from car crashes, parents grieving their children, mass shootings scenes, abused animals cases and much more with me every day. I’ve been there, stood there, soaked in the chaos.
And now, I do a little of everything. The hard stories, the happy ones. The confusing ones, the ones about betrayal. The ones that earn me nasty emails from somebody who is now in prison and decides that is my fault instead of their own life choices. The ones that help raise thousands of dollars for families in need.
Journalism is not dying, despite what our president says. Newspapers are on the decline, but their digital presence is exploding. Same goes for TV, in a less dramatic way (you can now watch most stations on Roku/Amazon Fire/etc. instead). It’s here to stay for a while. Without it, nobody would ever know the full truth what was going on around the globe, across the country, in the next state over or even a few blocks down from their home. (PS - The “news” folks see on Facebook, unless it contains links, named sources, pictures and a byline, is likely somewhat fabricated. Fun fact!)
More and more students are starting to pursue journalism because they, like me, want to share those important stories. And that makes me so happy! Just this week, I’ve written stories about a mountain lion attack on a young boy, companies making furniture from beetle-kill trees, the Amazon fire (YES, THIS IS BEING COVERED IN THE MEDIA, DESPITE WHAT THE INTERNET IS TELLING YOU - CHECK IT), the blue-green algae explosion in lakes, a fatal motorcycle crash because the driver was drunk, a bear attack, a police shooting on a young black man and much more. It’s a crazy, wild ride for a job that always breaks my heart and puts it back together again, but one that is so, so, so important!
Hope this helps ☺️
Hey there 👋🏼
I have two hours before I need to be in bed and it’s storming outside and I’m sitting in my bed with a pup curled up next to me. For once, I have FREE TIME. WHAT A CONCEPT.
Got questions? Running-related? Colorado-related? Journalism-related? Anything else? Send ‘em my way and I’ll answer what I can ☺️
This weekend, we did the Four Pass Loop.
It’s a 27-mile loop that starts at the base of Maroon Bells near Aspen and goes up four passes (all over 12,500 feet) before bringing you back to where you started.
It was the most beautiful run of my life. Have you ever seen the most raw kind of beauty in the wilderness? Something so untouched, so natural, so pure, that it almost breaks your heart with its jagged perfection. I was speechless at the top of each pass and, honestly, still don’t have the words to describe it.
It was like running in a fairy tale ✨
“Why do you like to run so long on trails?”
Because you can only get to places like this after multiple hours on the trail. There are no roads here. No parking lots. No sidewalks. You get to see scenery like this that is so beautiful it almost breaks your heart. So, counterpoint: Why wouldn’t you work for it?
One mile is better than no mile!