After reading Outside magazine's article "Is Instagram Ruining the Great Outdoors?" I started thinking about the effects tagging my hiking photos with a specific location may do to the wild, natural areas I love so dearly. With the recent surge in social media use, and subsequent surge in inexperienced hikers attempting to traverse extremely difficult trails, … Continue reading Am I ruining the great outdoors?
In today's fast-pasted, connected and digital world, we have everything we want or need with the click of a button. Hungry? You can order food and have it delivered to your door. Need an item? Within seconds, you can order it online and have it be on it's way. Want an answer to a question? … Continue reading Hiking’s best lesson is delayed gratification
In May, I posted a picture of me on Instagram crossing the finish line at the Bolder Boulder with the caption: "Nothing else in life will ever give you this feeling." Today, however, I learned differently. I summited my first 14ers today -- Grays and Torreys -- after a month of training hikes, gear buying and … Continue reading When a break from running takes you to 14,000 feet and new realizations!
For the final weekend before my spring training, I had the grand idea of hiking three days in a row. However, after the second hike at Mt. Sanitas, my IT Band let my body know it wasn't having a third. Instead of making it to Eldorado Canyon State Park yesterday for the third and final … Continue reading Miles on the Mountains at Flatirons Vista and Mt. Sanitas | Boulder, Colorado
Today's Sunday adventure took us to Mount Galbraith Park in Golden, Colorado. We started the day off with a big breakfast--a must, especially after last weekend's snowshoeing fiasco--and then hit the trails. Since most people in Colorado are actually athletic, we went out with one of Blake's high school friends, Erik; he's the one who … Continue reading A Golden Sunday at Mount Galbraith Park | Golden, Colorado
Today, Harley and I took a lovely mid-morning hike (ah, the luxury of not working Fridays). It was 70 degrees today--in February--so there was no way we weren't going to get outside! We headed to the South Boulder Creek West Trailhead, which is a short 12-minute drive from my apartment (awesome, right?!). From Louisville, Colorado, … Continue reading Trail Running Gone Right at South Boulder Creek West | Boulder, Colorado
It seems that every time my fiance and I hike, we manage to end up on a different trail than we intended. Sure, we get back to our car in the end, but a few missed turns or curious wanderings later and we're often somewhere we didn't plan to be. Recently, we hiked an unmaintained … Continue reading Misnavigation isn’t always a mistake