Seeing Things: The Eery Side of Mountain Magic

Six or seven individual lights at first in a cluster, began to form a line not dissimilar to the line of headlamps seen on an early morning hike up Longs. They moved as hikers might, in one direction up a trail. But suddenly they stopped – all of them. At the same time. We turned our headlamps off to avoid drawing further attention to ourselves.

Strong, my kindred sister

Far more than physical, strength is in the mind. It’s the ability to push past our own boundaries, demolish the walls that scream “no you can’t”, and do more than you ever thought possible.¬† I love this friend-sister and hope everyone has people in their lives who inspire them ūüôā¬† ~m.

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

Just a Gut Reaction

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. John Muir Simply put: mamma nature knows what we¬†need, and being active outdoors is just plain good for us.¬†I recently read an article on Huffington Post that touches on the health and mental benefits of hiking (scroll to the end of the post for the link). Based on the social media reaction to the story, I think it resonated with many-an-outdoorsman – myself included. And why shouldn’t… Read More

Video: hike with me to Roger’s Pass

¬† I finally got around to editing the video from last weekend ūüôā 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‚ÄĒnot bringing them with us.‚ÄĚ ‚Äē 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

Trail “Running”

Colorado trails harbor Flash-like athletes who have¬†speed and agility like I had never seen¬†until I actually lived here. I call them Trail Gazelles, and I aspire to be one.¬† I’m no stranger to jogging¬†(read yogging). I grew up running at¬†5AM with my parents.¬†Even though the sun wasn’t up, we’d slog through 80 degrees of heat and humidity, emerging with a feeling of accomplishment. And despite my living in Florida for 24 years, I’m also no stranger to hiking. I spent many of my summers tromping¬†around the Appalachians or visiting¬†Colorado to snag¬†a 14er…. Read More

Running: A Sustainable Philanthropy

The days of exercising solely for self-improvement are coming to an end with the release of a nifty¬† smartphone app. It’s called CharityMiles (http://www.charitymiles.org/) and it is the answer I’ve been looking for. Or part of it. For a while now, I’ve been looking for and dreaming up ways to help both ecological and human well-being while still getting my workout on. I posted about this earlier when I came up with EcoFitPlus: Move With Purpose. Up until now, I’d only come up with little things — like trying to workout while… Read More

Train for Trees

Remember that race I said I was going to do in January? The thirty-nine miler over two days in Disney? Well it is still on and am still (probably crazy) going to do it. I’ve been trying to work with a local charity to arrange a donation page for folks to sponsor me over the last several weeks – to no avail. So, instead, I decided to turn my attention toward good ‘ol Mother Earth. The Nature Conservancy is running a program called “Plant A Billion Trees” (http://plantabillion.org/) in which they intend… Read More

When The Going Gets Tough

This is going to sound unbelievably corny. But every time I think I can’t do something, this is what I end up telling myself. Not just once or twice. I say it over and over again until I actually believe it. The crazy thing is– it works. For me anyway. And boy am I going to need this. Four months to train, forty miles to run. Here we go ūüėČ {Reese}