friends + feelings

Closing Out the Season

The one place it is perfectly acceptable to sit on the floor near a trash can is in an airport. Or that's what I tell myself. For some silly reason 90% of the available outlets are always on those pillars surrounded by trash + recycling bins. From an architectural stand point, I guess that makes sense. From a self-respect + dignity stand point, not so much. Lucky for the batteries of my electronics, I'm not exactly overflowing with either self-respect of dignity! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Snow Tubing at Loveland Pass

Snow Tubing at Loveland Pass

The best life lessons are learned in the wilderness, right?! Such as "if it makes your heart flutter, do it" + "just huck yourself over the edge + hope for the best". These are the life lessons you'll come upon when you lug a snow tube along the ridge of the Continental Divide trail on Loveland Pass. The guys were up there the week before with pristine conditions -- fluffy snow + full coverage. We were not so lucky this time around. Instead of being greeted with a mountain cloaked in fresh snow we were staring down at a rocky, bare slope with patches of snow. This was our launching point. We had two choices -- huck our bodies over the edge + hope we'd manage to stay atop our tube or turn back. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

A New Take on Backcountry…

Well then…it looks like we have tumbled our way right into a whole new year. Hopefully you were able to kick the year off in style with a big, cheesy grin on your face. If that didn’t happen…don’t worry, the first Monday of the year doesn’t arrive for a few more days so you have time! That’s the calendar I’m living by right now so not much has changed for me. Well, except for an extra day off work and my favorite New Years Resolution ever…eat a donut, every damn day. I figured if I can survive two weeks of ice cream I can manage 365 days of donuts, right?! That’s how moderation works, I think? But forget the new year and all of it’s silly expectations – let’s face it, you’re really just another day older and writing the wrong date on everything – and talk about more exciting things. Like snow tubing in the backcountry. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago