Happy New Year!
So here we are! New Years day was a week ago now, and with that came a different sort of a New Years resolution. You may have heard of the Year of Adventure Challenge if you have been keeping up with the blog. What is it? We gave readers an option to participate in a daily, weekly, or monthly adventure challenge outside for one year. As this is Atlas Calling, I went with the daily one. What have I done in my ‘A Year of Adventure’ Challenge week one?
Well here it is!
On New Years day, to kick off the adventure challenge, I went to Winter Park Resort, in Frasier, Colorado to get in some turns.
Overall, this ski season has been disappointing, as the snow pack is the lowest it has been in decades.
Still, I remind myself that I am lucky as not everyone gets to bring in the New Year outside and on the slopes! It was a good day, with few lift lines, at least until the hungover crowd showed up. I enjoyed the quiet on the mountain and realized how psyched I am going to be about this project!
Day two of the adventure challenge brought me to a trail I have ran many times with my dogs. It wasn’t necessarily a new adventure, but I still got outside all the same. I was contemplating whether of not I actually wanted to get outside, as I had been climbing at the gym for two hours that morning and didn’t really feel like it, but this challenge held me accountable and I went out anyways. The dogs smiles made it all worth it.
Day three was a short hike down in the Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs. Trad climbing, biking, and hiking, this park offers different activities, but is best known for its beautiful rock formations. I only had time to hike to a couple different site, but it was worth it. It also offered the view of one of the 14ers in Colorado, a peak over 14,000 feet (or 4267 meters) above sea level.
The next day, day four of the adventure challenge, brought me to Arapahoe Basin, a ski resort known for its local vibe and steep terrain for a half day of snowboarding. Unfortunately this steep terrain wasn’t all open, due to limited snowfall this year, making it more crowded than it usually is on a Thursday.
I was frustrated as I was not riding up to my usual standard and ending up falling more than usual. I had to remind myself I was lucky to get up here to the mountains on a week day.
Day five of the year of adventure challenge brought me to hiking again. Which I am never going to complain about. It was a short three mile hike around but the puppy loved it and she got make some new friends. It was a nice day, with warm weather and blue skies. This trail was another one I have done multiple times, but it was nice to get out and definitely improved my mood, even when I logged onto Instagram and saw stunning photos from Iceland (where I really want to be right now).
Day six was another sunset hiking day. The dogs got to go and they were both happy. I even managed to get them to hold still for a short moment to take their pictures. Both posed very majestically. Though that was due to the treat being offered right out of the photo!
Day seven was my favorite adventure of the New Year yet. After a last minute decision to go with my friend and some of her family and friends to Winter Park ski resort, I had rushed to get all my ski stuff together. Because I practically live out of that bag as it is, it was mostly all together.
They had just gotten six inches of new snow, which opened up the trees for a lot of fun runs. Taking a short hike up to the summit, I was able to get some good views from Parsen bowl, despite it being very windy.
I ended up hitting a tree from a jump (whoops) on the first run down, but was thankfully okay. Though I was afraid I had snapped my ski in half for a split second. The last run we took, we split up and Cassie and I went to the trees near Trestle. I supposed we had taken a wrong turn when we ended up on a small, twelve foot or so cliff with a bunch of rocks and logs at the bottom and not a place to really ski down, due to lack of adequate coverage. Cassie tried lowering herself down first, spun around, and ended up going down the rest of the way head first into a small tree well.
After crawling out of the snow and then climbing under a fallen tree to get out, it was her turn to watch and laugh at me. Getting off the cliff went okay until I got stuck underneath the same tree log when my backpack got stuck. She had to climb back up a little and push my feet up so I could get into a position where I could unclip my backpack and throw it over. The rest of the run was big moguls (bumps) with a lot of uncovered rocks. However, even the lack of coverage looked easy compared to what we had just gotten ourselves into. By the time we got down, everyone had thought we had taken two runs, but we could barely tell the story we were both laughing so much.
For all of you wishing you had been here to see this, don’t worry. I got it all on camera and I will be putting it up the video and the entire story soon!
So what did you do for your first week of adventures? Where did you go? Any mishaps or funny stories you wish to share? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to follow Atlas Calling on Instagram for updates on my “Year of Adventure” Challenge. I can’t wait to see your so don’t forget to use the #acyearofadventure!
Happy Travels and we’ll see you next week!