trails + tents

Desert Bound + Ditching Domestic Endeavors

I'm headed off to chase some sunshine around the Utah desert. On Friday I'll be driving out to Moab to volunteer at the Moab 200 Mile Ultra race + the Mad Moose Events Canyonlands Other Half race for a long weekend of sand + sun. After I recoup from the sleepless nights + a long run of sweeping the Moab 200 course I'm headed further west. My destination is Capital Reef, for another long weekend of arches + pillars in the middle of the desert.

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By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Oh, Hey There…Winter?!

Looks like winter has arrived...sort of? I don't remember when snow first showed up last season, but I do know I was hiking well above 11,000 feet in November wearing a tank top on a nearly snow-free trail! Maybe winter is actually arriving early this year?! Because it's here! Of course, it won't stick around as it's already melting, but we got a nice little taste of winter this weekend...right after we soaked up miles of fall. We're in the midst of one of Mother Nature's full-blown mood swings! Don't believe me? Here's a peek at the last four days here in Silverthorne... (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
friends + feelings

Currently.

Let's jump into the important stuff...like the fact it's my birthday month. Yay, aging? Okay, so that's not the most important thing happening in my life right now, but it will be my rebuttal to any agreement presented to me for the next 31 days. You've been warned. Start an argument, I dare you...okay, okay...just kidding. I'd rather eat cake. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
runventure

Leaf Peeping // Fall Colors

Tis the season...of fall colors. While I'll always talk about missing the reds + oranges of the Midwest there is no denying the beauty of the Colorado yellows. It may not be the end of September yet, but we've already woken up to snow-topped peaks on the horizon more than once. I've even had the pleasure of driving over a snowy mountain pass already...so. not. ready. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
friends + feelings

Home; Settling In

Sometimes I sit down at my computer, load up Wordpress + settle in to write about something very specific. Maybe it's a trail story or a race recap [ha, that's been a while] or a "hey, this is what's up" update. Usually, I make a point to leave home then get focused + motivated with a fancy pants latte from my favorite coffee shop [or whatever coffee shop will let me buy caffeine in exchange for internet access]. Lately, I've been writing with a purpose...motivated by experiences or some sort of income. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
travel thoughts

Simply Happy

Yesterday I made the hilly, sweaty bike ride from the Camping Kate campground in Mlini to the main bus station in Dubrovnik. In an attempt to avoid the relentless, baking heat I left camp before 7am + arrived at the bus station approximately 3.5 hours before my bus. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
friends + feelings

Currently.

I am currently sitting in an open air home at the kitchen table of strangers wearing nothing by my sandals. Surprisingly [or not?], it doesn't feel weird at all. That's probably because I'm at a "naturalist" camp in the hills of Montenegro + no one is wearing more than their sandals. I've never been the world's biggest fan of clothes + the 80-90+ heat has convinced me these naturalists are onto something! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

A Cloudy Col des Chamois Attempt

After weeks [years?] of talking about a trek up the Grand Muveran┬áit finally started to look like it would happen. Gemma + I set aside a day, stared at a map + chatted up a friend...then we checked the weather. After a solid 10 days of blazing sunshine, we were headed into a long weekend of thunderstorms. The dicey weather combined with late-season snow vetoed our plan to snag a Grand Muveran summit. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
friends + feelings

Travel Guilt

It'll hit you when you least expect it. For me, it was as I was driving down a narrow mountain road completely mesmerized by the fresh snow on the mountain peaks towering above, happy. Incredibly happy. The kind of happy that makes your insides feel like a perfectly toasted marshmallow. Everything seems right in the world + I was invincible to the doubts of reality. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
travel thoughts

Taking on Switzerland

I'm back! Back in Switzerland + on my way back to the tiny mountain town I fell in love with a few years ago. I booked my flight to Switzerland as soon as I accepted that winter job in the Colorado Rockies last October. As ridiculous as it seems, I was legitimately concerned I'd get a "real job" [seasonal as it was] + forget how to leave the country. My crazy doesn't always make sense, but this time it got me back to Switzerland so I won't apologize for it! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
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