friends + feelings

Currently.

I’ve been riding a wave lately…one of those waves that violently crash down then swell back up. Life has been up + down, over + over. I started out the winter season excited about a full-time job in the medical field but a month later I was drowning in the Read more…

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Getting Giddy on Groomers

It finally happened. After multiple years without a season pass + two years with a barely used season pass I finally found my snowboard stoke. Finally! On groomers, no less. I rediscovered giddy. That good, excited giddy where you’re literally stoked on oxygen because everything felt so incredibly perfect. For Read more…

By Heidi Kumm, ago
friends + feelings

My Last Hurrah…

When my count down to the "Last Day At Vail Resorts!" stumbled to an end I jumped right into my two weeks of...freedom. I was finally down to just one job! I had a sliver of free time and I could spend it however I wanted; not just sleeping! And that's exactly what I did. It wasn't until late last night that I realized this -- on Monday I'm essentially saying "good-bye" to Colorado for...I have no idea how long. Oh, I'm excited, I'm ready for another bout of change and I have an incredible summer ahead of me. However, I am going to miss Colorado! From the mountain views to the adventurous people to the winding trails to the local cafes....I'm going to miss Colorado and I am going to miss Summit County! Thankfully I've been a lucky duck and I've taken some serious advantage of my free time... (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Getting Snowy

Welcome to the new version of my little snippet of the internet. Whatcha think? You best like it...because I kind of do so I won't be changing much. BUT, if anything isn't flowing/working for you let me know, I'll whip it into shape!

I've been living in Summit County -- the home of 4 big Colorado mountain resorts -- since December. My mountain job came with the perk of a season pass. It takes about 15 minutes to get from my bed to the base of a ski run. Yet, somehow, I've only been on the mountain 6 times this year. That's sad. Really sad. Especially when you consider the fact I managed to get nearly 30 days a few years ago when I had to drive up from Denver every stinking day! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Finally…a Snow Day!

I am headed into my fourth winter in Colorado and for the past three years I’ve kicked off the season by strapping on my snowboard before October 31st. This year has been a little different, to say the least, but I never expected for December to roll around before I Read more…

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Legit Backcountry Touring {Eiseman Hut}

Two weeks ago we packed up our gear with big plans for an early Saturday departure followed by a long weekend deep in the Colorado Rockies avoiding reality, cell signal and any adult responsibilities. Paula showed up at 5:30am, we loaded up the car, stopped for donuts and headed into the mountains. By 9:30am we were parked and unloaded at the Spraddle Creek Trailhead, ready to head up, up, up to the Eiseman Hut. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

The Mystery of the Backcountry

The backcountry is an interesting place. If you take a second to think about it you realize that a lot of the things about the backcountry are really quite miserable. What part of skinning uphill for miles with a 40lb pack sounds fun? None of it! It doesn’t matter how beautiful the scenery is…that kind of hiking hurts, a lot. And somehow I am still always jumping at the opportunity to spend hours trudging through the snow. Why?! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Keeping the Chaos Fun

Plans are great. They give you a purpose in life and expectations for your future. We all makes plans and usually have high hopes for things to go as planned. Some times they do. Other times…not so much. Reality happens, life gets in the way, roads ice over… When plans to awry things get interesting. More often than not you can react one of two ways – work yourself into a quivering mass of anger or readjust your expectations and enjoy. This past weekend I watched a lot of people lose their cool over things they had no control over, all while I did what I could to take a step back and find some fun in the chaos. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Riding Solo-ish

Welp, all that “hey, look at me because I might be a runner” blabber clearly did not work as a long-term motivator. All that running I was supposed to do this weekend? Yea, I decided to take up cross-training instead. I’d blame all the snow that finally arrived in Denver Read more…

By Heidi Kumm, ago