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
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
runventure

Mexico’s Mountains: La Malinche

Oooh...it only took three days, four attempts and a whole freaking case of blue Powerade but I finally snagged a mountain summit in Mexico! It wasn't the one I had planned. Heck, it wasn't even on our agenda until we started eyeballing the mountains that were kinda sorta "on the way" back to Mexico City. I did a little weather forecasting [ahem, Googling] while Jeremy napped for a hot minute after his Pico de Orizaba summit. A few Google's later it was decided, La Malinche it was! Or Volcan Malintzin or Matlalueye...which ever name you prefer. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
runventure

Mexico’s Mountains: Iztaccihualt Volcano

Some mountain adventures lend themselves to long, elaborate stories. Others...well, others are such an in-the-moment experience that I cannot wrangle the right words to truly explain what happened. My week in the mountains of Central Mexico is the latter. Just during the two days we frolicked along the trails leading up to Iztaccihuatl we survived three thundery snowstorms, wandered way off trail twice + literally danced down the mountainside courtesy of some "energy pills". There aren't words to describe that...so, instead I'll share photos + two video mashups of our time on Iztaccihuatl. You can decide if we had any fun! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
travel thoughts

Mexico // A Little Bit of Everything

I've been in Mexico for...two weeks? In that nugget of time it feels like I've seen a tiny bit of everything Mexico has to offer, so far. I say "so far" because I still have a full month of wandering left to do. My Spanish isn't getting much better but I am getting more confident in using it. There's no way around it -- I stick out like a sore thumb here so the locals are quick to humor my attempts at communicating with them! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago