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

Yoga on the Rocks (+ A Yoga Giveaway!)

DISCLOSURE: Corepower Yoga offered me free passes for the Yoga on the Rocks I just attended and, because I was already planning on attending, I took them up on the offer. All opinions are my own, as always.

Last year, Corepower Yoga, my favorite yoga studio in Denver (and in 13 other states!), partnered with Red Rocks Amphitheater to host a few ‘Yoga on the Rocks’ sessions. I wasn’t able to attend last year’s sessions but it was definitely on my ‘must do’ list this year.

Yoga on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater // lgsmash.com

Saturday kicked off this year’s Yoga on the Rocks sessions and my friend Brooke and I met bright and early at the Red Rocks parking lot to get ourselves a spot in the amphitheater. We found ourselves a spot, rolled out our mats, (bumped into Marissa!) and basked in the early morning sun before getting stretchy.

Yoga on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater // lgsmash.com

Shortly before 7 a.m., opening remarks were made, the morning’s instructor was introduced and we began flowing! The hour-long practice was great for beginners who’d never done yoga before and advanced yogis alike – modifications were offered through each flow for those who wanted an additional challenge for their practice.

Yoga is powerful enough when practiced in a studio but outside? In an incredibly beautiful space? It’s on another level entirely. The session flew by; it was hard to wipe the ridiculous smile off my face as I looked around at the beautiful scenery, overlooking a city I love and surrounded by passionate, active people who also chose to get up at sunrise to practice yoga in the most amazing amphitheater.

Yoga on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater // lgsmash.com

It was also incredibly challenging. The cement rows/seats at Red Rocks are not uniformly flat. At all. The ground under my mat sloped in weird, uneven ways – away from the center of the amphitheater and also down towards the stage. Since balance is a major focus of yoga, achieving balance on an uneven surface created it’s own fun challenge, ensuring we yogis did not get too comfortable in our practice.

Yoga on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater // lgsmash.com

I will definitely be returning to Red Rocks for another Yoga on the Rocks session…and Corepower Yoga wants you to join, too!

YOGA ON THE ROCKS GIVEAWAY

For Denver/Front Range locals, Corepower Yoga is offering a really fabulous giveaway – one I wish I could win! One lucky local will win:

  • 2 free passes to any of the upcoming 3 Yoga on the Rocks sessions (Saturdays 8/1, 8/9, 8/16)
  • Corepower Yoga kit (yoga bag, mat and t-shirt)

To enter, simply leave a comment below! For an additional entry, tweet about the giveaway and leave a second comment with the URL of your tweet. Winner will be selected at random and notified by email.

This giveaway is only open to Denver/Front Range locals or someone who will for sure be able to attend one of the upcoming sessions; the yoga kit will be picked up by the winner at Red Rocks before the Yoga on the Rocks session of choice. This giveaway will close on Friday morning at 8 a.m.

Rope Management: Flaking and Butterfly Coiling Your Climbing Rope into a Backpack

Recently, I went rock climbing with my friend Chris at North Table Mountain in Golden. You may also know Chris as the videographer for Sierra Trading Post. After a successful morning of climbing, we called it a day as dark clouds rolled in and we began packing up our gear. As I was flaking and coiling his climbing rope, he offered to shoot this quick little video for me to post on my very own YouTube channel!

So without further ado, here’s how to flake and coil your rope into a backpack:

You can find more awesome videos by Chris on his YouTube channel or on Sierra Trading Post’s channel.

You can find less impressive videos I’ve made myself on my YouTube channel.

Basic Mountaineering School: High Peak Graduation Climb (Citadel/Pettingell Traverse)

We did it!! We finished mountaineering school!! After 3.5 months of Basic Mountaineering School at the Colorado Mountain Club, our class came to a close this weekend with our High Peak Graduation Climb. This climb is a student-led trip, designed … Continue reading

Basic Mountaineering School: Third Rock Day (Boulder Flatiron Multi-Pitch Climb)

WHAT A DAY! Sunday was our ‘final’ field day for Basic Mountaineering School. Technically, class is now over; the final 2 field days are ‘invite only’ and will mark the true end of BMS. From the beginning, 3rd Rock Day … Continue reading

Basic Mountaineering School: Hard Snow Day

After our second rock climbing day at Castlewood Canyon, we turned our sights to Cristo Couloir on Quandary Peak for our Hard Snow field day. Hard Snow Day’s mission was to gain experience with crampon walking techniques, walking in balance and ascending a … Continue reading

Basic Mountaineering School: Second Rock Day

If you’re just tuning in, I’ve been taking a beginner mountaineering class with the Colorado Mountain Club called Basic Mountaineering School. You can find all posts about Basic Mountaineering School here. Our fourth field day brought us to Castlewood Canyon … Continue reading