Denver & Colorado

I live in and LOVE Denver. As much as I enjoy traveling, I am so happy to call Denver home. There is always something to do in this city! From racing to restaurants, there’s something here for everyone.

Here, you’ll find posts about my favorite things to do in Denver/Colorado.

Red Rocks: Workouts / Film on the Rocks

2011 Denver Out of the Darkness Walk

Bike Riding on the Cherry Creek Path

A Bachelorette Weekend in Vail

Denver Patio Ride

Canvas & Cocktails, Girls Night at Canvas and Cocktails!

Tease Studio (Pole fitness class!)

Bella Glass Studios

First Fridays: True Love Shoes  & Infinite Monkey Theorem

Indoor Skydiving

Yelp! Denver Events: Monster MashUp, Elite Event at Capital Grille

Rugby Games at Infinity Park

Gun Safety Class at Cherry Creek State Park

Get Out and PLAY! Colorado is one giant playground for people who love to be active and explore. 

Coloradocation (Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4)

Glacading at St. Mary’s Glacier

Birthdaycation in Breckenridge! (part 1, part 2)

Learning to Winter Camp (part 1)

Denver Eats! There is no shortage of great food in this city.

Izakaya Den Sushi

India Oven

Banzai Sushi

Bull And Bush

Dining Out Paleo: Chipotle, HBurger, Garbanzo

Euclid Hall

Climbing in Boulder Canyon – Nip and Tuck

Boulder Canyon Climbing Nip Tuck // lgsmash.com

Saturday was a perfect morning for rock climbing – crisp, chilly air in the morning that warmed by lunch, yellow leaves shimmering in the breeze, not a cloud in the sky.

We piled in OsCar the Outback and navigated towards Boulder in the morning, meeting my brother, Chris, and his girlfriend, Jenna, to bring them along with us. Neither had been climbing outside before and wanted to do it before they move back to Chicago at the end of the month. Lucas scouted out a route that offered routes with varying difficulty where the first-timers could learn, the intermediate (me) could be challenged and the more advanced (Alex and Lucas) wouldn’t be too bored.

We ended up at Nip and Tuck, 10.5 miles into Boulder Canyon. It’s a popular crag situated in the sun very nicely in the morning.  We set up a couple of top ropes and Lucas led a couple different routes over the course of the day. We moved to a new section of the crag when the third pair of climbers popped in, wondering if they could climb when we were finished.

A couple more laps on a really fun final route ended our day as gray cloud cover rolled in overhead. Beers and burgers back in Boulder and a quick stop in Neptune Mountaineering’s gear swap before we pointed OsCar’s wheels back toward Denver.

If there ever was a perfect fall day in Colorado, this was it. Spending the day outside, in sunshine, with some of my favorite people having the best time learning, teaching and challenging ourselves on a giant rock. Filing this Saturday in the memory bank under: A for Awesome.

(Routes climbed: Surprising Slab, Hare Balls, Dan-D-Line, Old Dihedral, Doc’s Route, Finger Crack)

Sierra Trading Post Opened Colorado Stores!

Cue the backpack-shaped confetti! Sierra Trading Post has opened not one but TWO retail stores in Colorado!! You guys don’t even understand how excited this little mountaineer is!

This weekend, the Fort Collins store opened this week and a few weeks ago, the Denver/Greenwood Village store opened. It’s no secret that I love the deals Sierra Trading Post offers or the people behind the brand. So when they invited me to come help celebrate the grand opening of their Denver store, I battled traffic and met a fun group of local bloggers at the store in the Tech Center for party time!

Sierra Trading Post CO Store Grand Opening // lgsmash.com

The Social team – Heidi, Andy, Chris, Nick and Juliette – put together a really fun night for the night-before-the-grand-opening party. Heidi had split the group up into teams and were were tasked with 3 challenges: knot tying, gear shopping and tent pitching.

My group took on the knot tying first and quickly tied the 5 required knots.

Sierra Trading Post CO Store Grand Opening // lgsmash.com

We then headed to gear shopping where we had to find our 10 essentials for hiking and backpacking throughout the store. Also not a secret that the 10 essentials are my jam so it was fun to frantically shop with my group, making sure we had the best shopping basket in the shortest amount of time.

Sierra Trading Post CO Store Grand Opening // lgsmash.com

Then we moved to tent set up. Our mission? Set up and tear down a tent as quickly as possible. The group with the shortest time to complete got extra points so our team tried to buzz through our setup and tear down. Sierra Trading Post CO Store Grand Opening // lgsmash.com

At the end of the night, Heidi tallied up the scores and the winning team was awarded Sierra Trading Post gift cards. Much to my surprise, my group was announced the winners! I promptly turned around and spent my gift card money on a new OR long sleeve Echo Hoody.

So how does a Sierra Trading Post retail store work? Exactly like their online shop – they offer great, high-quality gear at discount prices. Prices mirror what the product retails for online…but no shipping fees! And you get to things on first! It’s awesome.

Since the Denver store opened, I’ve been back shopping 3 more times, despite the 20+ minute drive out of my way. The deals are worth it!

So – Denver and Fort Collins friends: stop into the new stores and say hey to the STP folks! The Fort Collins store is partying it up this weekend at there newest location. If you’re nearby, swing by and join the fun!