Beginner’s Trail Guide: Devils Garden at Arches National Park

I’m not going to lie, Devils Garden tested me. Not so much my physical strength, but my willingness to get out of my comfort zone and push my boundaries. The hike to Double O Arch is absolutely doable for beginners (or it wouldn’t be so popular) but if you have a fear of heights, it willContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Devils Garden at Arches National Park”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Hiking Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument was the first stop during my summer 2016 road trip, and I quickly realized that this area of Colorado is best visited at literally any other time of year than when I went in June with my husband. (Ok, July and August are probably even hotter) But the scenery? Totally worth theContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Hiking Colorado National Monument”

Beginner’s guide to saving money on outdoor gear

Outdoor gear is effing expensive. There’s almost no getting around it. Well, almost. Fear not, my fellow sticker-shocked outdoors beginners – there are ways to save some cash while gearing up. First, a word on getting ALL THE STUFF If you want to go on a hike for a few hours, you do need to beContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to saving money on outdoor gear”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Easy Trails in Leadville, Colorado

Leadville, Colorado is an awesome escape from the summer heat. But 10,000 feet of elevation makes hiking and trail running a LOT more difficult, particularly if you’re trudging up the side of a mountain. I used to think the only beginner-friendly options were simply running around town (which is honestly still quite hilly). That is,Continue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Easy Trails in Leadville, Colorado”

Beginner’s guide to your first road trip with a baby

This post was originally written before the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. It was updated when we traveled locally in our state, taking every precaution we could. Please travel and recreate responsibly based on your local area’s restrictions as well as guidelines for your destination. This website is a great resource. By the timeContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to your first road trip with a baby”

What to bring trail running when you’re just starting out

I had a complex for a long time that I wasn’t running far enough to justify packing a backpack when I went trail running. Eventually, I realized I was getting really thirsty and hungry and I just stopped caring. If you find yourself wanting to bring a hydration vest or pack along with you, don’tContinue reading “What to bring trail running when you’re just starting out”

Denver Beginner Running Guide: Wash Park, Cheesman Park, and City Park loops

Denver has no shortage of amazing running routes, mostly thanks to the ginormous parks around the city. Washington Park (Wash Park to locals), Cheesman Park, and City Park are three of the most popular running destinations in Denver. Each has a crushed gravel path that’s great for running in addition to paved paths and loopsContinue reading “Denver Beginner Running Guide: Wash Park, Cheesman Park, and City Park loops”

How to snowshoe with a baby

When getting out of the house to walk around the block feels complicated, getting back (or starting) outdoor adventures with a new baby can feel downright impossible. But I was determined to rip off the Band-Aid and figure out outdoorsy adventures with baby in tow. Our Saturday snowshoe was a success, due in no smallContinue reading “How to snowshoe with a baby”

Beginner Trail Guide: The Manitou Incline

The Manitou Incline, or just “The Incline” as it’s more commonly known, is one of the more famous (infamous?) trails in Colorado. But it’s really hard to find any information about it, and all the folklore about how steep and challenging it is can make it seem totally out of your league as a beginner.Continue reading “Beginner Trail Guide: The Manitou Incline”