runventure

Monterrey’s Mountains: Cerro de la Silla

The city of Monterrey is surrounded by mountains, lots of them. They aren't exceptionally high mountains so you won't need to worry about elevation but they are steep. Really steep + the trails don't exactly "switch back" so you're often hiking straight up the mountainside. The biggest obstacle I've had while attempting to explore the mountains down here is the complete lack of trail markings or obvious trailheads. But, through trail + error I've found a few routes up Cerro de la Silla, the iconic ridge of summits you see in a lot of Monterrey photos. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
runventure

Mexico’s Mountains: La Marta

When I came down to Mexico I have very few plans...but after my visit in February I knew there were mountains so they were definitely on my agenda. After two weeks of playing in the mountains surrounding the city of Monterrey I started chatting with Daniel, one of the Lycans Endurance Team founders. It was decided...we would spend our Saturday in the mountains west of Monterrey. More specifically, La Marta [also, La Martha]. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
travel thoughts

Staying is easy; so I must go.

I was standing on the corner of a busy street in a foreign city. It was my first time venturing out into Monterrey, Mexico on my own and I wasn’t sure of where I was going, what people were saying or how the hell to cross this street where it looked like everyone was playing human frogger. On the inside I knew I would survive to find the park I was looking for but on the outside everything about me screamed “confused tourist”. I could feel myself trying to be invisible with my crossed legs, fidgety fingers + averted eyes. I knew I couldn’t blend in + I was yet to dig up to confidence to own my foreigner status so I instinctively opted for invisible. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Monterrey’s Mountains: Pico Norte of Cerro de la Silla

From the snow to the sunshine...in posting order + in real life! I'm in the process of repacking all that winter camping gear into my car for a weekend of car camping + trail running + rock climbing in Moab. It's a sorta solo, sorta group trip. I'm headed that way to take on another outdoor education class [lead sport climbing] but it sounds like I'll have plenty of free time to explore trails...trails without snow! Speaking of trails without snow, La M wasn't the only mountain we hiked while I was down in Monterrey, Mexico. It was only the beginning of a handful of adventures out onto the trails near the perimeter of the massive city. We had settled into an AirBnB near Cerro de la Silla, a really nice neighborhood that butts up against steep mountains leading up to a jagged ridge. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Monterrey’s Mountains: La M in Chipinque

In mid-January I had a chat with my scheduling manager at the hotel, asking for 5 days in a row off...any 5 days. I had no idea what I was going to do with my time off but after weeks of working two nearly fully time jobs I needed a breather. She picked the dates that worked best for the schedule and I started perusing the internet for cheap flights. I ended up booking a flight to Monterrey, Mexico where I knew I'd find a familiar face, cheap tacos and an excuse to work on my Spanish. Come late February...off I went! I was giving myself a mid-winter trip to Mexico, where I wouldn't see a drop of salt water but I would find the top of a few urban mountains. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago