trails + tents

Oh, Hey There…Winter?!

Looks like winter has arrived...sort of? I don't remember when snow first showed up last season, but I do know I was hiking well above 11,000 feet in November wearing a tank top on a nearly snow-free trail! Maybe winter is actually arriving early this year?! Because it's here! Of course, it won't stick around as it's already melting, but we got a nice little taste of winter this weekend...right after we soaked up miles of fall. We're in the midst of one of Mother Nature's full-blown mood swings! Don't believe me? Here's a peek at the last four days here in Silverthorne... (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Snow Tubing at Loveland Pass

Snow Tubing at Loveland Pass

The best life lessons are learned in the wilderness, right?! Such as "if it makes your heart flutter, do it" + "just huck yourself over the edge + hope for the best". These are the life lessons you'll come upon when you lug a snow tube along the ridge of the Continental Divide trail on Loveland Pass. The guys were up there the week before with pristine conditions -- fluffy snow + full coverage. We were not so lucky this time around. Instead of being greeted with a mountain cloaked in fresh snow we were staring down at a rocky, bare slope with patches of snow. This was our launching point. We had two choices -- huck our bodies over the edge + hope we'd manage to stay atop our tube or turn back. (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
trails + tents

Hello? Spring? Is that you?

Okay, so weather is weather is weather and whining about it isn't going to change anything but...spring seems to think it has arrived here in Summit County, Colorado. Since early February we've had only a handful of days that didn't get above freezing with most of our days hitting 40-50 degrees before noon rolled around. Sounds like spring, right?!

Except it's March! Spring should NOT be here yet! 

Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm loving this weather -- it's fantastic for running on the roads or trails, it's doing a great job of kicking off my runner tan lines + back country packs are lighter because you need more sunscreen than layers. (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
trails + tents

Taking the Long Way [Uncle Bud’s Hut Trip]

What do you do when your immune system gives into a weird bout of the stomach flu and cancels your weekend yurt trip? You watch a lot of movies in the comfort of your own home and reschedule that yurt trip with a hut trip a few weeks later. Or, at least, that’s what I do! I spent this past weekend at Uncle Bud’s Hut doing my best to make up for the weekend my body vetoed in mid-March. Along the way I learned a thing or two about taking the long way and making the most of the situation you’re in… (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago
runventure

Snowshoe Shenanigans!

In preparation for our trek around Torres del Paine in Chile I decided it was necessary for Logan and I to figure out how we deal with stress…you know, in case something goes wrong in a foreign country where neither of us speak the language. Besides, a little misery training always does a person good, right?! That is how our plan to summit a winter 14er came to be – we were going to put ourselves in a situation that would result in misery for the sole purpose of making sure neither of us got murdered for being annoying, whining or generally unlikable. Looking back I basically created the perfect plan for my own death. Luckily we were able to convince Robb to join us. And by convince I really mean I said “Hey, can we crash at your place Saturday night? Oh, and by the way, you should come hike a mountain with us Sunday!”. What can I say, he’s agreeable like that! (more…)

By Heidi Kumm, ago