friends + feelings

Meandering Dirt Ribbons

Sometimes I have a million + a half words to throw down on a page. Words about the trail or words about my feelings or words of advice or...just words. Other times, I have no words. Or at least I don't have words that make any sense or follow any logical thought process. That is me, right now. I have a lot on my mind, but it doesn't quite make sense yet. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Snowshoeing Lily Pad Lake

Snowshoeing Lily Pad Lake

There is a first time for everything...the first big snow of the season, your first time snowshoeing, being the first to break trail, first time out to Lily Pad Lake. First times are fun, ask anyone who's survived the rush of trying something new. However, there seems to be a tipping point. Add enough first times to the same experience + it goes from being exciting to exhausting rather quickly. Last week, we found that tipping point! (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
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
runventure

Escaping Zermatt

zermatt
Zermatt is a tourist city, there is no denying that. The moment you step off the train you feel the "tourist vibe" humming around you. The people behind the desk at the tourism office have a rehearsed spiel, the streets are teaming with selfie sticks and each little shop has its own carousel of beautiful postcards. Personally, I am not a fan of the "tourist vibe", as hypocritical as that may be. The cities that have grown to accommodate tourists always feel stifling + staged...but they grew for a reason. The mountain trails + wilderness surrounding these kitschy tourist cities are stunning. And the true perk of these overgrown cities? Most tourists stay in the cities, or at least close to them, leaving the more remote + challenging trails empty for people like me! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Trails: More Than Just Dirt.

While I’m here in Switzerland I’ll be spending a lot of time on the trails. There will be plenty of day hikes and long runs, just because I can. Trails will become a huge part of this little adventure for a few reasons -- they are cheap, they take you to amazing views, they make me incredibly happy and they bring people together. The first two a pretty obvious, so when REI asked me to share what trails meant to me I wanted to share the effects dirty single track has had on my life! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago