I’ve been trying to remind myself to lean into self doubt even when its a whisper. I had a twinge before our speed workout last week but then, of course, I absolutely loved it. Our scenic session (these views?!?) reminded me of all the reasons I love trail running: Exploration, comradery, playfulness, challenge. If you’re uncertain, ask yourself where the root lies. Is that doubt actually protecting you or is it holding you back? If it’s the latter, smile and invite it to the table. Don’t let doubt come between you and joy. 📸 @kyehalpin
The benefits of a clear, unpolluted night sky are abundant. Observable stars connect gazers with human heritage, astronomical studies—from the moon phases and constellations to the planet’s origin—ancient literature, the practice of discovery, and an awe-inspiring sense of wonder. Beyond potential intellectual and spiritual effects, light pollution wastes a total of $2 billion per year in the U.S. and negatively impacts ecological and human health, according to research from the U.S. Department of Energy, the International Dark-Sky Association, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science. Read more in my recent story on Dinosaur National Monument, which was recently designated an International Dark Sky Park, in my latest piece for 5280 Magazine (link in profile.) 📸 @meyvn_creative capturing night shots last winter in the back yard🌙✨🗻
Me when @phillips_photo asks me to mock model for him 😂 Reality: I had so much fun learning about Chaco's new customizable sandals--which are, in essence, artwork for our feet-- via the brand's gallery at 5Point Adventure Film Festival. The exhibit included work from local Coloradan artist and conservationist Sarah Uhl (see: map behind me), who collaborated with Chaco to create sandals (hitting shelves in 2020) with her gorgeous paintings. Uhl also hosted a watercolor workshop to help teach us why art--including a canvas that we wear--is so important. Read more about Chaco's new program and how you can design your own set, in my recent story (link in profile) for 5280 Magazine: https://www.5280.com/…/…/you-can-now-design-your-own-chacos/ Huge thanks to PrintShop supervisor Bianca Vasovski for the great interview and Eric Phillips for the beautiful images. H/T to my girl Emma Murray for her awesome profile piece on Uhl, which contributed to my research!
Disconnecting for a handful of days in the desert does much to heal the soul—in ways we might not even see manifest right away. Even better: meeting a group of intelligent, compassionate, open-minded creatives and entrepreneurs to dive into deep conversation about our goals and the direction of the outdoor industry. Thank you for everything you’ve shared with me at the inaugural desert @project16x!
I’m thrilled to head west tomorrow for the next @project16x: an annual outdoor-centric meeting of the minds for 16 outdoor leaders, advocates, entrepreneurs, and creatives. It always seems to be a rush to close deadlines and commit to a multi-day workshop—but I never regret these in-person experiences. Our motivations, ideas, relationships and work all prosper from spontaneous discussion, inspirational company and time away from the screens. I can’t wait to see what dialogue comes from the next circle! 📸 @alynicklas @otterbox @hokaoneone @bigagnes_ @project16x #project16x #MyOtterBox #whenwomxnlead
This has been one of my favorite spring seasons to date—the mountains just keep on giving. I’m thinking this year’s 14er hikin’ and ridge scramblin’ will be pushed out a bit! 📸 my b @phillips_photo ❤️
Being vulnerable and having tough conversations can at times be more intimidating than learning technical mountain skills. It was inspiring to witness our rising generation of outdoor leaders putting in the work at the inaugural student-led @soleconference at @westernstatecoloradouniversity, such as Matt Jones’ (@fabulousgiantarrow ) workshop, “Queerness in the Outdoors: Lessons From Those Who Live It.” Young leaders are fired-up to be the change. Read more about the conference in my latest story for @snewsteam, “This new conference is building future outdoor industry leaders:” link in profile and at www.morgantilton.com. 📸 the talented climber/photographer @xander.bianchi on a day that pushed into my comfort zone with my first mixed, multi-pitch route.
Borrowed gear: 100% Preparation: 0% No-f’s fun: 1,000% ••• We pulled together our equipment last-minute to compete in the Crested Butte Pole, Pedal, Paddle (@crestedbutte3p AKA CB3P), and it was an absolute blast. The multi-sport endurance race ties together our Valley with an uphill sprint-and-descent at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, a bike ride to the north end of Gunnison, and a paddle descent that ends at Gunnison Whitewater Park. Given our huge winter, the Gunnison River was flowing the highest it's ever been recorded for this event, at 2,570 ft³/s, with plenty of whitewater and an intimidating finish-feature. @phillips_photo rented a splitboard, @beaularsonmedia hopped on Eric's fixie, and I borrowed Beau's new, never-been-used SUP. We were stoked all day, I somehow pulled through last rapid (kneeling, ya’ll. It’s a technique), and our co-ed squad scored a podium spot! But the best part was ‘suffering’ through the rain/hail/snow/sun with friends and that everyone charged in support of The Center for Mental Health, which is opening an office in Crested Butte this spring. Thanks for a great day friends! 📸 il mio @phillips_photo always pulling out the camera ✨
Beyond the Four Corners Monument—where the borders of Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico meet—the region’s majestic landscape and rich human history is diverse and in many ways unparalleled. Overlain by the Colorado Plateau, the area is home to deeply riven canyons, snowcapped mountains, expansive deserts and towering buttes that have attracted people to explore and occupy these contours with reverence for thousands of years. If you’re considering a trip to the Four Corners, here are a few epic adventures spanning this matchless quadrant to get you started in my latest travel guide for @rei, “Top Things To Do In The Four Corners.” Link in profile and at www.morgantilton.com. What an honor and a privilege to grow up here, and to share and steward this homeland now. Here: Epic views surround us on our multi-day mountain bike trip of the White Rim in Canyonlands National Park📍Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) land