A Heartfelt Thank You to the Mountains

Dear Mountains, You’re inanimate, you can’t read this. But if you could, there are some things I would want you to know: Coming to Colorado wasn’t a vacation for me. It was a mix of a dream-come-true coupled with an opportunity to explore like I had never done before. My only mountain experience prior to […]

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Elbert

The shriek of my alarm forced me out of my sleeping bag. It was 4 a.m., it was dark, and it was cold. Guided by nothing but our headlamps and the stars of the Colorado sky, we set off 30 minutes later.  We moved onward and upward with the sun, until the trees parted. Looming […]

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‘Twas the Night Before Colorado

I’ll spare you the Christmas poetry. After all, there will be plenty of stirring in this household tonight. Sleep, for me, will be nonexistant. I’m not one of those people who gets so anxious about flights that I can’t sleep the night before. In fact, I’m just the opposite. I get so excited about the […]

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Three Weeks (And Counting)

Photo credits to my good friend Nick Bein, who decided to live out my dream for me last summer while I seized over his pictures. If you are friends with me on Snapchat, odds are you already know that my 11-day excursion to the Rocky Mountains is only threeย longย weeks away. If you aren’t friends with […]

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Live a Little

While writing has been a strong suit of mine for quite some time, reading has not. So when we gained 750 feet of elevation in only a mile (in comparison, Mount Washington was a little over an average of 1,000 feet per mile), I had wondered if “The Outbound” app, which I would highly recommend […]

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Summer ’16 in Review

As the summer winds down and I do my best to return to my “lazy college student” mode, I wanted to take a minute or ten to reflect on this summer, and I hope yours was as good as mine. This was my first summer as an explorer. Despite being a cold weather guy, as […]

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There’s an Explorer in All of Us

I love seeing people get outdoors, and I love the idea of inspiring or helping others to get outdoors. There’s nothing like the sensation of being out in nature (pretty sure that’s scientifically proven, as well). I see more and more posts on Instagram and Facebook of people going outdoors, whether it’s just to the […]

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The Greatest Place You Could Ever Go

If you’re a lover of wildlife and incredible views, and don’t mind getting dirty and fighting through more bug bites than anyone deserves (aka do you have one tough bone in your body?) then do I have some great news for you! Forget your relaxing, pampered trip that you plan to take to Cancun next […]

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A Tale of Two Moose

Before we begin, there’s a few things you need to know to understand, well, just to understand. First. I love moose. I think they’re such incredible creatures; combining a mass of strength with beauty. They just seem to be a symbol of the great outdoors. Second. The last time I saw a moose was when […]

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Going Up: Climbing Mount Washington via Lions Head Trail

After eight months of waiting, dreaming, and preparing, the day had finally come. And boy was it worth the wait. I hardly slept last night, partly because the pillows at our hotel were rocks, partly because I was so excited for this day to finally arrive. When my alarm went off at 5 a.m., I […]

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