Tomorrow we start Segment 22 where we hit the Colorado Trail high point of 13,271 ft. It will be a long slow 15.6 mile trek to get there, but like most things, the view from the top will be worth every arduous step. It's crazy to me how quickly this trip is passing. We only … Continue reading One More
Why am I here? The easy answer-- It's beautiful. It's fun and challenging. It's an adventure. True, true, and true. But it's also another mirror to give me a glimpse of who I am as a human. How do I really handle things when they get tough? How high is my pain threshold? How do … Continue reading Why Am I Here?
When you cross several saddles, climbing and descending thousands of feet, and you stop to look back where you came from-- it's a moment of pure awe. My body brought me that far. And it was freaking hard. I keep thinking I've had "my hardest day ever" then she gives me a new challenge. It's … Continue reading My Body Did That
Twin Lakes to Salida: 83 miles Total Colorado Trail miles: 252.5 This leg was tough. We entered the Collegiate East part of the trail-- lots of climbing and descending. LOTS. At the end of day three, after eating dinner near the trail head, we decided to push 1.5 miles into Segment 13. Those 1.5 miles … Continue reading Major Climbs + Tough Days
For those data geeks who want #allthedetails-- here are a few stats from the first part of our Colorado Trail stroll last week. Day 1 Segment 1 (Waterton Canyon) - a few miles into Segment 3 (Little Scraggy) 32 mi / 13+ hrs / ~4,500 ft elevation gain Arrived at Waterton Canyon ~9:30pm so we … Continue reading The Colorado Trail – Part I
Why did we break up our Colorado Trail travels Intel gathering. Breaking up the hike was definitely not the original plan. I wanted to do a "real" thru hike-- however, in hindsight, I'm glad we went out on a weeklong intel gathering mission. This being my first thru hike, I learned a few things that … Continue reading Intel Gathering
Type 1 diabetes is tough in normal everyday life so you may be wondering what it's like to spend time in the wilderness with t1d. Flash back to November 2015. I had my first true wilderness experience when I pushed off from Lees Ferry and traveled 270 miles down the Colorado River through the Grand … Continue reading The Wilderness with t1d
The question I kept asking myself-- Can this east coast girl handle the Rockies? Whenever those voices inside your head start whispering nonsense that makes you question yourself, take a deep breath to quiet the voices and remind yourself that you are enough. Being enough doesn't mean it won't hurt. Being enough doesn't mean you … Continue reading Can this East Coast Girl Handle the Rockies?