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

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