Video: Discovering Arches and Canyon Lands

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery… I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.” ― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Moab: Day 2

I don’t think there’s anything quite as satisfying as waking up in a tent to the early morning wilderness. Don’t get me wrong – marshmallows, a decent burger and cider after a long hike, and petting fluffy things are all close runners up; but there’s something more to witnessing and existing in the dawn’s ambiance. Sometimes I think that if I’m still enough, I might actually be able to hear the earth breathe, to see the ripple of its pulse move through everything around me.  I think that’s why I dig solo hiking so much: my brain finally stops… Read More

Buffalo Peaks Wilderness backpacking

I expected this past weekend to be a truly wet and rainy backpacking experience, but the weather gods smiled and treated us to a few sprinkles – nothing more. This was my first hike through the area and I loved every beautiful minute. The season is getting late so there’s a bit more brown in the color mix, however there are still a decent number of stubborn wildflowers in it for the long haul.  The Trail Description: We started at the Rich Creek TH and wandered up Tumble Creek Trail. It connects up to Rich… Read More

Video: hike with me to Roger’s Pass

  I finally got around to editing the video from last weekend 🙂 As I head out this morning to do some backpacking with the Colorado Mountain Club, I’ll leave you with this. Happy weekend folks!   ~m. 

Backpacking: Round 1.5 (or Haven’t We Been Here Before?)

“…it’s about feeling free, unbounded, shedding the distractions and barriers of our civilization—not bringing them with us.” ― Ryel Kestenbaum I first learned to backcountry backpack when I was 18, as a gift from my parents. I went with Outward Bound to the San Juan Mountains of Colorado for three glorious weeks of natural freedom. The trip itself was the very definition of a love/hate relationship. I loathed my frozen boots and the daily hauling of water. At sixty percent of my body weight, the packs were heavy. But every morning, without fail, the hills… Read More

Quick Camp on Lake Granby

Several of my friends met up last weekend for a birthday jet ski and paddle board sesh on Lake Granby. I was late to the party, but still got to see their pretty faces and sit around a campfire (which are two of the things I require in life). Anyway, below are a few snaps of the evening. I need to start bringing my “real” (DSLR) to some of these car camping events. The stars and milky way were beyond incredible! 

Meditation: Accountability

Inspiration for the day This is a modification of a meditation phrase I learned recently. I love it because it really helps to remind me that we are not the hapless victims of this thing we call life but that every decision we make affects our experience of life. I also try to repeat this when I’m pushing through a hard workout — to reach a higher level of fitness, I have to make the decision to reach that goal. Happy Monday!   {Reese}