Spring Break 2014: Hiking the National Parks of Southern Utah

Zion. Bryce. Canyonlands. These places have been a whisper in my ear since I moved back to the United States two years ago and realized how much of my own country I have yet to see. In one week, I’ll be visiting these bucket-list destinations in Southern Utah on an epic camping and hiking trip with my good friends Samira and Alex. Every trip is actually three: the one we anticipate, the one we take, and the one we remember. Today I’m on that first trip. I’m all abuzz with excitement as I Google pieces of the itinerary (carefully hand-crafted by the amazing Alex) and find out a little more about the places we’ll be exploring. (More)...
Spring Break 2014: Hiking the National Parks of Southern Utah

My Top 3 Shorts from the Banff Mountain Film Festival

At the Paramount Theater in Denver, 1,900 people fill every seat to see the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival. For many, catching the film tour is a yearly tradition. The event stems from an outdoor/adventure film contest held each November in Banff, Alberta. Winning films are selected to go on tour over the next few months, attracting big audiences of active adventure-seeking types in cities and towns all over the U.S., Canada and internationally. (More)...
My Top 3 Shorts from the Banff Mountain Film Festival

5 Signs It’s Time to Go Traveling

March 20th will mark my second anniversary of living in Denver. Two years in one place is a personal record for me since I graduated college eight years ago. The rootedness has been great, but now I’m seeing signs that it’s time to pack up and do some more longer-term travel. (More)...
5 Signs It’s Time to Go Traveling

5 Data-Rich Visuals That Shape My View of the World

I’ve always been attracted to data as a way of understanding the world a bit better. True story: In 2006, when I was working at an ecolodge in Guatemala, I met a steady stream of travelers from all over the globe. I would carry The Economist’s Pocket World in Figures around as a cheat sheet to refer to every time I met people from a country I didn’t know enough about. Since then, I’ve traded my dorky Pocket World in Figures for the Internet. Here are my favorite sites that take vast amounts of data about our planet and render it in dynamic, visual ways. (More)...
5 Data-Rich Visuals That Shape My View of the World

What I’m Thankful For: Colorado’s Alpine Hut System

This Thanksgiving, I’m going on an adventure in Colorado’s alpine backcountry. While most of America will be gorging on food and football in their family’s homes, I’ll be beginning a four-day hut-to-hut trip in the Elk Range of the Rocky Mountains (near Aspen). I’m joining three hiking friends and ten strangers for an outdoor Turkey Day complete with a traditional feast that we’ll be packing in. (More)...
What I’m Thankful For: Colorado’s Alpine Hut System

My 14 Feats at 14,000+ Feet

Coloradoans love measuring altitude. We all know how many feet are in a mile (5,280), which is the elevation of Denver, the capital. Another benchmark is 14,000 feet, since Colorado is home to 53 peaks that reach 14,000 feet or higher. These peaks have special “14er” status, and climbing a 14er is a Centennial State rite of passage. I’m a latecomer to hiking and mountaineering in Colorado. My first 14er happened in the summer of 2012, when I put world travel on hold to spend some time in my home state. Now, a year and a half later, I’ve reached the peaks of fourteen 14ers. (More)...
My 14 Feats at 14,000+ Feet

5 Ways I Save Money for Travel

For travel-minded people like me, money and savings are only as good as the adventures that they afford. Maybe this orientation will change over time as full-on adulthood sets in with all its obligations and unforseens. But no matter what stage of life I’m in, I think I’ll always tend toward the values of minimalism, frugal living and new experiences over nice things. I manage to avoid debt, break even every month, live abundantly and even save up for future trips. Here are a few of the ways I save money at home so that I can get ahead and go abroad (More)...
5 Ways I Save Money for Travel

How to Write the Perfect Postcard

In today’s online world, the postcard is losing ground to cheaper, more instantaneous and farther-reaching units of communication. It now competes with text messages, tweets and status updates. It can’t keep up. Yet, the personal postcard will never lose its appeal. There’s nothing quite like receiving a small piece of paperboard art with a handwritten note on the back. I’ve found that imagining the recipient’s reaction to a postcard I’ve sent is just as fun as receiving one. (More)...
How to Write the Perfect Postcard

Ten OTHER Trips to Take in Your 20s

The do-it-while-you’re-young message here is spot on: un-tied-down early adulthood is a unique opportunity for travel and adventures. But this list doesn’t really align with my own 20s travels. Have I missed out on the essentials? Or have I just sought out something else? For twenty-somethings like me who are looking for travel that digs a little deeper, lasts a little longer, and may be a little more enriching to yourself and to the people/places you encounter along the way, I came up with my own list. (More)...
Ten OTHER Trips to Take in Your 20s

Pedaling Across Colorado: The Countdown to BABRAC 2013

T - 14 days until I take on the biggest physical challenge in my life so far. I’ll be riding across the state of Colorado from Fort Collins to Durango in eight days along with a group of six others. We’re organizing BABRAC – Beer and Bicycle Ride Across Colorado – and we’re hoping to make this a yearly thing. FAQ Q. How many miles a day, on average, will you cover? A: Average 59 miles a day, for a total of 470 miles covered. Total elevation gain will be 17,470 feet (More)...
Pedaling Across Colorado: The Countdown to BABRAC 2013