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ne day I was flipping through our kin publication Mountain Town Magazine, and I noticed that almost every article we published was about a man and honestly, it was a bit unsettling. Not that we do not love men, we most certainly do, but women do not get enough recognition in mountain town/ski and ride media. I looked around and saw so many badass women. Women athletes, entrepreneurs, artists, philanthropists, chefs, educators, musicians, mothers, and even those rocking the world with their skills in the grandma arts (you know, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint…). We decided right then to change that and introduced Mountain Town Magazine’s first issue of Women Who Rock the Rockies in 2015. We asked friends and friends of friends to nominate women they thought deserved that accolade and the responses were fantastic! That edition and subsequent issues each year continued to celebrate women in our mountain towns who are significant in their contributions to their communities, have achieved personal successes in their field and are recognized with stories that featured their talents. As we were preparing our 5th Annual Women Who Rock the Rockies edition I had an epiphany. Why not resurrect Mountain Women Magazine? It was a title I had created in 2003 but shelved so we could focus on making MTN Town Magazine successful when it was in its infancy. The desire to launch Mountain Women was so strong and felt so good that I went for it and now after a lot of hard work you are reading it! We are really excited and cannot wait to continue sharing the hard hours and good work women are putting in to help others and better themselves. Mountain Women Magazine and our website will also discuss favorite things we love, bits of news, food, the outdoors, our homes, travel, life, kids, growing up, and growing old. Being a mountain woman does not necessarily mean that you have to live in the mountains to be one, it is more of a having the spirit of the mountain in you. As John Muir said, “you are not in the mountains, the mountains are in you.” A quick but very sincere shout out to the people who helped make this magazine a reality. Kristen Lummis, aka The Brave Ski Mom. We met when we were both starting our blogs. She has been a continued source of inspiration and great editorial content for many years now. She has always been my cheerleader. Colin Bane, for his incredible writing skills and as a


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side note, is one of the best dads I know. Anna Sitton, a great writer and believer in this magazine and our stories. She’s a Buena Viking who can make a mean burger and shred the gnar like a gnarly girl! Lastly, a huge shout out to Bethany Taylor. Her story about her sibling, Hannah Taylor, is as deep and as personal as it gets. We love her tribute to her sister who was nominated last year prior to her death and thank her from the bottom of our hearts for producing it. Bethany’s writing skills are also fantastic and we hope she will want to contribute and talk about mountain women in New England. ...and you, we Thank You for reading this! Please be sure to share with your friends and family. Let people know about us, and we will keep inspiring you with our incredible stories about wonderful women. We are Girls, Mothers, Ladies, Lassies, Lovers, Babes, and Bad Asses! We are a magazine for women filled with a passion for living life in the mountains in the Colorado Rockies and beyond. With Gratitude,

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COVER IMAGE: Jenna Celmer (@g.i._jenna) is a Weekend Warrior based in Colorado Springs who fell deeply & abruptly in love with hiking, camping, and wild spaces four years ago - a milestone she likes to call her “bachelor’s degree in adventure capitalism.” (She has plans to pursue a PhD). Her passion lies in helping others get outside, especially through the Lockwood Foundation, a non-profit that makes adventure accessible for those with disabilities. In 2019 she is launching ‘Outdoor Influencer’ ( which weaves responsible social media usage & outdoor stewardship into practical tips for growing an online adventure brand.






FAVORITES Things we love and think you will too.

EYE CANDY Put that phone down. Reads you won’t want to miss.

GETAWAY Get to Golden, Colorado for food, fun and activites galore.

WORK Three powerful questions to identify your strengths.

WEDDINGS Saying I do in Colorado’s mountains, fields and resorts.

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SHREDLY Satisfying a niche and fulfilling a demand is exactly what Shredly’s owner Ashley Rankin did after recognizing the lack of stylish, fun and feminine biking and sportswear for women. They say that black goes with everything but after awhile it’s just plain boring. When it comes down to it a pattern is way more fun. Pair that with a product that fits great and your on to something. That was Ashley Rankin’s vision that became a reality in 2013. She has now taken it one step further with the introduction of her curvy line, spanning sizes 4-24 welcoming even more shapes and sizes into the SHREDLY multi-sport and mountain bike short family. Specifically designed to accommodate curves, hence the name, the MTB CURVY this style offers a more accommodating shape through the hips and thighs. Check out the whole line of styles and designs:

KATE’S REAL FOOD Have Kate’s Real Food will travel. Kate Schade has created an array of delicious, nutritious, hand-rolled energy bars. These wonderful products will keep you energized and satiated with great-taste and no artificial sweeteners. From the Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Tram Bar to the Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Handle Bar, each one is certified organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, and Kosher. She has six enticing flavors to choose from Mango Coconut, Peanut Butter Hemp & Flax, Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate, Lemon Coconut Peanut Butter Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond. Check with your local grocer or order

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Headquartered in Colorado’s mountain towns Chaos Hats produces more than just knit Winter Beanies. A lovely selection of Spring, Summer and Fall headwear for Women includes Caps, Fedoras, Brim Hats, Straw Hats, Visors, Buckets, Packet Hats and more. From sporty to elegant and feminine there is a large selection of headgear to choose from on their website. This is a mountain company that knows what we ladies like. The sun is strong at Altitude so be sure to grab a little head shade. We love our crushable, packable Holliday hat. The spirit of Chaos is to have a unique style. Take shelter from the elements and look good with Chaos Hats.

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ARTEMIS Bold Sports Women Creating Fresh Tracks for Conservation By Marcia Brownlee


he Greek goddess Artemis is the protector of the hunt and of nature. She is usually depicted with her trusty doe deer, a bow and arrows. She knew it was her duty to protect wildlife and the sanctity of the hunt. Artemis Sportswomen, an initiative of the National Wildlife Federation, embodies her wild spirit and protective nature by boldly carrying the conservation torch for the modern sportswoman and engaging in every facet of the sporting conservation life. As sportswomen and conservationists, we do more than hunt and fish. We have an obligation to give as well as receive and to embody an inclusive culture. The complete sportswoman can skin a deer, land a burly brown trout, navigate the backcountry, and she knows her game commissioners and politicians, knows wildlife laws, defends all wildlife, advocates on their behalf, and teaches others these skills. We are at a crossroads in the history of American conservation and must de-


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velop new leaders. Women are the fastest growing segment in the sporting community in the United States. Women have economic power, authentic field experience, and fresh perspectives necessary to increase the richness and diversity of the conservation movement. Artemis engages sportswomen of all levels in accessible ways to provide a trusted source for women hunters and anglers, increase the recruitment and retention of women in the sporting community, breech the conservation learning gap, and change the face of conservation. Our voices strengthen the impact of all hunters and anglers on conservation by bringing sportswomen to the table in

a way that has never been done before. We set examples of ethical hunting and angling. We break stereotypes that limit open dialogue and prevent the inclusion of new voices into the ranks of the sporting community. Artemis is a welcoming and encouraging place for women to wade into hunting, fishing, and conservation. It’s a community where immense individual growth can happen and where the hopes for the future vision of the conservation world can be modeled. As unique individuals and a powerful, supportive, passionate collective, the women of Artemis bring with their voices a new narrative of progress, inclusion, and passion. We envision a time when all people return to the norm where outdoor experiences are daily activities that create lasting memories, traditions, and stewardship of our precious natural resources. Women are essential to this generational project. We support women currently holding wildlife and conservation leadership positions and work to encourage and foster women in leadership roles. We cannot expect the next generation to enjoy the privilege of our irreplaceable lands, waters and wildlife without our explicit engagement in all facets of the sporting conservation life. Artemis holds many events and gatherings that will keep you involved and educated on issues facing today’s outdoor spaces. Get involved and stay in touch by visiting their website.

Artemis Co Founder Kara Aramano believes, “ we must do everything in our power to encourage women to get involved on the local, state and national level to preserve our resources for sportswomen of future generations.” Kara knows we cannot make a difference if we do not have a voice, and women’s voices can be especially strong.


WOMEN ANGLING FOR CONSERVATION Trout Unlimited: Community | Conservation | Fishing By Kara Armano


group of women recently gathered in the forests of northern New Mexico to fish and explore conservation issues while thoroughly enjoying each other’s company. With abundant water and afternoon thunderstorms, the waters of the Rio de los Piños ran a bit turbid, but that didn’t stop these determined anglers. Hosted by women’s conservation group Artemis and community group Braided, eight women set out on an adventure – camping along the banks of the river, testing their angling skills (some of which were newly acquired) trekking to the not-so-close bathrooms, sleeping under the stars, eating tacos made from last fall’s elk, and gathering around a cozy campfire. This gathering was not only about camaraderie and fly fishing but also about protecting important places and advocating for them. National Forests in Colorado and New Mexico are undergoing the plan revision process, so educating these ladies on how best to engage in that process and let their voices be heard was top priority. Protecting the functionality of watersheds is imperative to support aquatic and terrestrial life, and these women took that message away armed with knowledge and power to protect these wild places and the species who call them home. National Forests in Colorado and New Mexico are undergoing the plan revision process, so educating these ladies on how best to engage in that process and let their voices be heard was top priority. Protecting the functionality of watersheds is imperative to support aquatic and terrestrial life, and these women took that message away armed with knowledge and power to protect these wild places and the species who call them home.

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Puffer Fish Effect Susan Frew reveals the inside secrets on how she grew a small company by over 500 percent and how you can too. Puffer Fish Effect, discusses how you can be a pufferfish in your community and turn your business into a roaring success. The pufferfish is a fish that naturally makes itself appear bigger than it actually is, thus giving it a bigger presence in the ocean. Seasoned entrepreneur Susan Frew wants to help you apply that same concept to your business through a laser-focused strategy for everything from your business plan to your marketing. By making your presence bigger, stronger, and more well-known, you’ll not only claim a bigger stake in the market and turn your business into a success, but even overcome some of the massive obstacles facing your business today. Pufferfish Effect is a how-to-guide on modern marketing, customer service excellence; and the methods companies must follow to appear huge, even with a small budget. Discover real strategies and real stories on how to grow your small business.


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She Explores She Explores is a collection of first-person stories, photographs, and artwork from women who are inspired by the adventure found in the outdoors and who inspire the author Gale Straub. Almost five years after starting to hold 200 pages of She Explores in her hands felt like a dream. Within its binding are the first-person stories of 40 women (outdoor advocates, enthusiasts, nomads, transplants, professionals, and creatives) complemented by their photographs and artwork. The book shares their accomplishments and fears. It highlights mental health, motherhood, conservation, diversity, equity and inclusion, on-the-road travel, the list goes on. While each woman has a distinct and personal story, there are also undeniable overlaps. It’s what Straub loves about her work: “getting to learn from others and discovering what we have in common.” — Gale Straub, founder and host of She Explores podcast.


Ski Town - Apres Ski The Ski Town Apres Ski cookbook showcases a blended passion for unique appetizers, handcrafted cocktails, skiing and traveling. This is a must-have souvenir for mountain enthusiasts features Lindsey Vonn’s favorite Apres cocktail and dish. Like Ski Town Soups (the first cookbook in the Ski Town Group offering), Ski Town Apres Ski is a beautiful, colorful rendition of over 60 North American world-class ski resorts, fun-loving restaurants, gourmet appetizers and revitalizing cocktails. Enjoy this cookbook of tantalizing small plates paired with distinctive libations that you can enjoy throughout the ski season, as well as during the rest of the year. Stay tuned for their new Brunch Book coming out soon.


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GOLDEN getaway


By Gaynia Battista



f you live up in the mountains you know the transition between Fall to Winter can create a bit of cabin fever. It’s snowing but the coverage is just not enough to really be able to get out and take some turns or hit the Nordic areas either. We have a wonderful suggestion. Grab your girlfriends and head to Golden. This Colorado mountain town is like the goldilocks of Autumn escapes. Not too cold, not too hot but just right and there is a ton of fun to be had. The big difference between Golden and other Colorado mountain towns is that it is only minutes away from anywhere in Denver and it is just 5,675 feet high! Traffic, altitude, and attitude are all minimal in this sweet little town. Golden has preserved its small-town feel and the iconic 58-foot arch over Golden’s main street proclaiming “Howdy Folks! Welcome to Golden” shows they mean it. Founded during the Colorado Gold Rush of 1859, the city of Golden is the Jefferson County seat and home to the world-famous Coors Brewery. Golden is the last Colorado mountain town you will encounter as you exit the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Clearly it is the first mountain as you exit Denver and is a gateway to fun and adventure. Golden was once the most powerful city in the state and the capital of the Colorado Territory. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was also built in Golden during the energy crisis of the 1970s. Today, Golden is known for the Coors Brewery the Colorado School of Mines and is the seat of Jefferson County. Over the years, a variety of industries have thrived in Golden and has now become a hive of art, culture, entrepreneurship and is a foodies delight. The city has since expanded and remains a center for industry, education, and now tourism, with sites such as the kayak park at Clear Creek. IS S UE 1 ● 2 01 9 1 7

A DVENT UROUS barn, farmhouse and outbuildings, all in a spectacular setting. Stop and feed the chickens and check out two nearby hikes that visit old farmsteads. White Ranch Park has beautiful hiking and mountain-biking trails that lead to an old farm nestled in a valley, while nearby Golden Gate Canyon State Park has many trails that pass historic log cabins.

Here are some getaway suggestions to do in this sweet mountain town:

There are gorgeous mountain views in all directions. A river offering fly fishing, kayaking, and even gold panning flows through the center of town. There are more than 100 miles of hiking and biking trails, including the iconic climb up Lookout Mountain. There are colorful historic buildings from Colorado’s Gold Rush days lining their main thoroughfare with outdoor cafes, recreation stores, bike shops, galleries, and oneof-kind boutiques. And of course, this being Colorado, there are a half dozen breweries and distilleries with outdoor beer gardens and food trucks. 18

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1. BIKE, PADDLE OR STROLL Clear Creek flows right through the center of Golden with a paved trail running alongside it. This lovely Creekside trail runs 11.8 miles east to Denver and continues west of Golden up into the foothills. The creek has award-winning manmade whitewater features perfect for kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding, and the upper stretches are renowned fly-fishing spots. Clear Creek has a good population of small to mid-sized rainbow and brown trout and abundant bug life.4. Take a Free Bike Ride, the Golden Bike Library (located conveniently behind the Golden Visitor Center on the banks of Clear Creek) has bikes available for free two-hour rentals, Pedal down the Clear Creek Bike Path, or try the more challenging 5-mile mountain-bike loop that circles North Table Mountain. 2. HIKE THE OLD WEST Blocks away from the main drag is the Golden History Park, a re-creation of an authentic frontier homestead with a

3. BIKE OR DRIVE UP THE LARIAT LOOP TRAIL From downtown Golden to the top of Lookout Mountain is an iconic Colorado stretch of road and boasts majestic views that stretch from Wyoming to New Mexico. This road, which gains 1,300feet in just 4.3 miles, featured twice in the US Pro Challenge and ridden by the world’s top cyclists, is one of the classic bike rides in the state. It’s also one of the state’s best scenic drives, peaking at the 7,379-foot summit of Lookout Mountain with 360-degree views. It’s just a short walk from the free parking lot on top to Buffalo Bill’s Museum & Grave. Stop and learn about the famous Old West scout and showman, put a penny on his scenic grave and don’t miss the giant gift shop If you’re looking for true Colorado souvenirs this place is for you. 4. ENJOY LUNCH, DINNER, BEER AND DISTILLED BEVERAGES After a climb, hike bike or stroll, you might need some sustenance. And what could be better than three free beers? The fascinating tour of Coors Brewery (the largest single brewing site in the world) takes you past endless copper kettles and into the packaging plant and ends with a chance to taste three free glasses of their various beers. More of a craft beer person? There are six craft breweries in Golden, three in downtown within walking distance of Coors. There are also more than two dozen restaurants. Join the locals at Woody’s Pizza, head to D’Deli to grab a delicious sandwich or check out the new Tributary Food Hall offering eight unique eateries to choose from. You can eat in the old capital, the state’s first capitol building is now a restaurant and bar, The Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse.

5. LEARN THE HISTORY OF MOUNTAINEERING The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum is fantastic. It is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to mountaineering. Whether you are thinking about summiting your first 14’er or you have climbed a dozen this is the place to star 6. RIDE A TRAIN Colorado is famous for its narrow-gauge steam railroads, but you don’t have to drive across the state to see them. The Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden has a half-mile of circular track and they fire up their steam locomotives and give everyone the thrill of riding a genuine steam train all year long. 7. CLIMB Clear Creek Canyon offers some of the best rock climbing in Colorado. It is largely known for sport climbs with some trad climbs interspersed. The rock varies from gneiss and schist to a sandy granite with a variety of ratings. 8. EAT ALFRESCO Some of the best patios include the Golden Hotel’s Bridgewater Grill, which has a sweeping patio overlooking Clear Creek; the Table Mountain Grill & Cantina, which has a flower-lined deck and a great view of South Table Mountain; and New Terrain Brewery, which has food trucks and rests at the base of North Table Mountain. The newly renovated Buffalo Rose, an authentic American West saloon and restaurant, has a retractable ceiling and stylish outdoor seating..

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9. OUTFIT YOUR NEXT MOUNTAIN EXPEDITION Golden has one of the greatest and most concentrated collections of outdoor recreation stores around. There are shops devoted to hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, fishing, camping, backpacking and hunting. 10. STAY IN A GREAT HOTEL OR BED AND BREAKFAST There are a variety of places to stay in Golden. The Table Mountain Inn and Golden Hotel are two fantastic hotels compete with restaurants and amenities, Dove Inn and other boutique B&B’s to choose from. We recently stayed at the Dove Inn and made it our base camp. The relaxed vibe of this recently restored old Victorian home makes you feel like you’re at home. And we know it is a cliche but the shopping is fantastic. There are unique finds along Washington Avenue. We love Baby Doe’s Clothing and the Spinster Sister’s shop. Icelantic has a great little retail shop alongside their corporate offices and we love Bent Gate Mountaineering. Art galleries, jewelry, toy stores housed in the historic buildings along Washington Avenue. Getaway with friends, family or alone. Golden, Colorado is the perfect retreat. Learn more and plan your trip at!

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“There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.”


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JELT BELT By Allison Battista


e are raving over a belt we recently discovered that is simple, functional and just might become the belt you reach for on a daily basis. Jelt Belt is the brainchild of Bozeman, Montana native Jen Perry. She wanted to invent something that anyone can wear with fashion in mind while creating jobs and empowering underserved women in her state. The belt and packaging is all made from 100% recycled materials. The stretchy nylon strapping is rubberized on the inside; it grips whatever you are wearing and does not slide up or down. The functional buckle is made of plastic and is perfect for travel as you don’t need to take it off when you go through airport TSA. It quickly but securely snaps on and off with a twist. We love the ease and function of this product and how it lays flat against your pants. Buckle-bulge be gone! The product comes in a plethora of colors and is sized for women, men, and children. This belt comfortably keeps your skinny jeans as well as your ski pants up and is perfect for outdoor activities. Leave that bone-chilling metal belt buckle behind. You’ll feel good wearing a Jelt product as a portion of their profits goes to local charities. The company is a Certified B Company; it’s commitment to social responsibility starts with working with organizations that support veterans, youth, and the environment. A portion of annual sales goes to organizations supporting combat veterans. A portion of funds from every belt sold goes to programs helping kids succeed in school, at home, and in life and 1% of annual sales support nonprofit organizations focused on the environment. Lift up your pants while helping to lift up the world and start #jelting.


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THE WRIGHT RECAP By Holly Resignolo

This is more than an award program, it is a 3-day summit illuminating the industry and culture of the outdoors, featuring panel discussions, a keynote series, and special events. The Wright culminates with the much-anticipated Award Night celebration to recognize the awards contenders, thirteen outdoor-inspired entrepreneurs from the Rocky Mountain region and celebrate the Finalist. Arriving at each year’s final contender group is an exciting, humbling and anxiety-inducing endeavor. These companies make the things and design the stuff, that move the mountain lifestyle lovers into and through the outdoors. The founders of these brilliant companies set themselves apart in their committed approach to work.


ave you heard of The Wright? This event and award embrace everything that is mountain culture in the US West. It is an event that we absolutely adore and loved that the lineup included a remarkable amount of women-led businesses. The Wright has, over the course of nine years, had the privilege of recognizing 117 companies representing 48 communities across four Rocky Mountain states. This past year the Contenders consisted of: 13 Built-to-Last Companies 8 Women Founders or Co-founders 14 Towns & Cities—Colorado, Montana, Wyoming Outdoor-inspired Entrepreneurs—Ski, Bike, Art, Farm, Coffee, Beer, Career


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THE 2019 CONTENDERS: Down River Equipment—Wheatridge, Colorado NoSo—Jackson, Wyoming Feral—Denver / Idaho Springs, Colorado First Ascent Coffee Roasters—Crested Butte, Colorado Harvest Skis—Steamboat Springs, Colorado Holidaily Brewing Company—Golden, Colorado JELT—Bozeman, Montana Mountain Careers—Vail, Colorado RockyMounts—Boulder / Grand Junction, Colorado Root Shoot Malting—Loveland, Colorado The So-Gnar Creative Division—Denver, Colorado Tailwind Nutrition—Durango, Colorado Oveja Negra—Salida, Colorado The hands-down highlight of Award Night is the debutshowing of thirteen original 90-second films the contenders are tasked with creating. Each contender creates their own short film to convey who they are and why they do what they do. In their stories, a portrait of real people, real work and real communities emerges. We congratulate Lane and Monty Willson, the dynamic couple behind Oveja Negra, based in Salida, Colorado. Their tenacity and persistence in building a fantastic company manufacturing top shelf bikepacking gear in the United States, and doing so with as many domestically sourced materials as possible.


THE ROSETTE By Pepper Hamilton


ith the news that one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction the launch of The Rosette, a graphic novel about a teenage superhero and her snow leopard sidekick, by a young woman from Summit County, Colorado with a Kickstarter Campaign couldn’t come at a more perfect time. Meet Devon Galpin Clarke, a passionate 14 -year-old and co-founder of a wildlife conservation project, Endangered Activism. When Devon was four she fell in love with snow leopards and set up several small fundraisers to support snow leopard conservation organizations. As Devon got older she realized that habitat, human-


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animal conflict, and climate change were affecting the creature she loved so much and wanted to do more. Devon had the great fortune of spending a year homeschooling and traveling overseas where she took a deep dive into wildlife conservation and activism. That time abroad allowed her to hatch The Rosette, a graphic novel about a teenage superhero and her snow leopard sidekick, Himmy, who work together to save earth from the sixth extinction.” She thought of a story during her first field research trip for her wildlife conservation project, Endangered Activism, in Namibia with her mother. The story and the main characters were so vivid

that she couldn’t stop talking about them and began writing down ideas for a graphic novel. On Devon’s next stop in Paris, she and her mom started writing the story and developing the characters. Over the next several months the story took shape, it was obvious that Himalaya “Himmy” was one of the main characters, just like in real life she was Devon’s secret sidekick. “The real Himmy was on the trip with us – in my backpack,” says Devon. They created their first street art project with her footprints and brought her to life in the streets of Paris. Devon’s mother, Shannon Galpin, a human rights activist and artist, began collaborating to create a project that could use art, storytelling, and field research to engage youth activism and inspire change. “We dumped characters, ideas, brainstorms from field research, and actual funny stories like small rodents chewing through our fuel line in Namibia which became sabotage by rogue agents in a future storyline that we wrote down and saved,” says Shannon Galpin. Poaching and wildlife crime themes, pollution, climate change, human-wildlife conflict scenarios that the duo learned about in their research and interviews developed into plot lines. Devon shared, “I learned how to structure the story arc, and how to be willing to discard ideas that I was attached to but didn’t move the story forward. The hard part was knowing I couldn’t draw. I had the story, but this was a graphic novel, so this needed to be a collaboration to bring the vision of the world to life.’ They were lucky in finding Mariana Prieto. A Colombian designer who became their illustrator and partner in crime to create The Rosette’s world. Mariana was starting her career switch from designing for humans to a whole new way of thinking – designing for wildlife. They became a trio in a


creative space, thinking about new ways of storytelling for wildlife conservation. The creative process began with three women, of three different generations, with five different passports between them! “I don’t want my generation to be the last ones to see snow leopards or elephants or rhinos in the wild. But we might be. We need to use our voices to create actionable change with governments, corporations, and our own individual communities if we are going to have a future” said Devon Galpin Clarke. Not only is the story value based, so is the production process. The team found a printer and production house that was recommended by the WWF that prints art books on recycled paper and use soybased ink. They chose a shipping method that has the lowest environmental impact they could find too. This way we not only tell a superhero story but produce our story with superhero values! They have been unable to find a publisher to do this with them (at least not yet!) so selfpublishing through Kickstarter made the most sense. Perhaps this is one step towards moving the needle for sustainable printing options with publishers! The edition will be published in two versions, English and Spanish. Devon was raised attending a dual language program at Dillon Valley Elementary in Colorado. To recognize the importance of her dual language communities and to tie it back to their field research trip in Argentina with the Tompkins Conservation Program and Rewilding project in Iberia, Devon had to conduct all of her interviews with biologists and researchers in Spanish. Devon chose to use graphic novels and street art as ways in which she can engage publicly to educate and inspire change with today’s youth as well as their parents. Devon wants everyone to know “I have been lucky to find mentors and collaborators that believe in me and have helped me bring the vision of my projects to life. I want my voice to matter. I hope you will join me!”

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hese are big buzz words being heard in the media lately and if there is anything good the media can produce it is bringing light to these ideas in a positive way. There is a group in the Vail Valley who are passionate about bringing the concept of Mindfulness to the classroom and have come together, forming UB.U, to bring these concepts to life as tools of growth for the children of the Eagle County school system.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” ~Viktor Frankel

Two women, Anne-Marie Desmond and Emily McCormack, were and are passionate about addressing the needs of children in their community. They have seen a tremendous need to address brain health education, socialemotional wellness and resilience in schools. Each has experienced firsthand; the pressures kids face from peers, parents, teachers and even of themselves. In school, this translates to anxiety, aggressive behavior, bullying, and even mental health concerns. Academics often tend to suffer due to this emotional stress as well. To inspire resilience and overall wellbeing, UB.U creates programming that 28

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centers on the powerful connection between the brain, the body, and the breath. In this space, UB.U shows students how to stay present, recognize emotion, trust themselves, self-regulate and practice awareness and acceptance of self and others through the concept of mindfulness. This process assists the child in learning self-care, something every person could use a lesson in. Another very important part of their programming is to get kids moving. The sad fact is that kids are not getting enough movement in the day. Exercise is a huge need for people of all ages to help reduce and remove stress from their lives and to allow their brains space to perform complex tasks. Exercise also assists in preparing the body and mind for relaxation. The group uses various styles of movement to get young bodies moving. UB.U teachers work with all school-aged children in Kindergarten through 12th grade and are trained in mindfulness through a variety of national mindfulness organizations, including Mindful Schools, a mindfulness-based organization impacting over 300,000 students worldwide. Other training programs and affiliations include Mindful Life, Mindfulness in Education, Calming Kids: Creating a NonViolent World, Signs of Suicide and Yoga for Young Warriors.

These women have worked hard over the past few years. Their goal to incorporate the program into every Eagle County school is getting close. Ultimately they would like to see every school system in the nation embrace mindfulness and movement into their curriculum and not just at the grade school level. Middle School and High School students are in dire need of stress reduction exercises especially as they head into the testing mode for college acceptance exams. Teacher and Educator Wellness programs are another key component to their company’s training. If the teacher is stressed and unable to handle their emotions then the students too will be at risk of stress because they are regulating off of the teacher. The more we get this into the community the more acceptance the program will have so it can grow. This is valuable for everyone “The pause becomes the possibility” is similar to the old adage of “Think Before You Speak’; both stemming from the Virtues of Kindness and Compassion. If you would like to have a program of mindfulness and movement inserted into your child’s school system you can contact them through their website:

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Uri’s Famous Chia Seed Pudding This recipe is full of protein, fiber and healthy fat. Add protein powder or collagen peptides to increase the protein and have it for a filling breakfast or top with berries + granola to increase carbohydrate for a post-workout snack.


full fat coconut milk (you can sub a can of coconut milk for any other milk or water, depending on how creamy you want your pudding) 3/4 Cup milk of any type 1/2 Cup + 1 TBS chia seeds 2 TBS maple syrup or honey 1 tsp vanilla extract


Pour both milks into a large flat-bottomed dish and whisk until smooth. Add chia seeds and immediately whisk until well combined. Add remaining ingredients and whisk to incorporate. The chia will start to expand and absorb the liquid, so make sure you have some extra space in the dish! Let the mixture sit out on the counter for at least 20 minutes, mixing every 5-10 minutes to ensure the chia absorbs without clumping. Cover and leave in fridge overnight to settle. Serves 6-8. Uriell (aka Uri) is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and the founder of Inner Wild Nutrition. She is based in Breckenridge, CO, but works with clients all over the world. Uri’s self-proclaimed mission is to ensure that every client of hers never goes on a “diet” again. Instead, she focuses on individual lifestyle factors and incorporates nutrition strategies that optimize performance, body composition, energy, and overall health for a lifetime. Uri is also a Juliana Bicycles athlete and MTB coach for VIDA MTB Series. Uriell can be reached at or on Instagram @uri_carlson.

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3 POWERFUL QUESTIONS TO IDENTIFY YOUR STRENGTHS I cannot see the forest because the trees are in the way!


t times we are so bogged down by the details that are in front of us each day that we miss the big picture: Especially when it comes to our own successes and failures. It can skew our perception of ourselves and what we are good at doing. After thinking about our failures so often and for so long, we can become a bit cynical when someone says we have done a good job at something. We mainly remember failure and forget accomplishments, and it can take a heavy toll on our spirits and well-being after a while. It’s time to take inventory of what you’re good at doing. You have the power to change how you’re viewing the world and how it views you by understanding what you have to offer it. When you’re confident about the things you are good at doing, you can hold your head high, answer job interview questions confidently, and perform better on the job. It translates to your work: When you know what you’re good at, you can transfer the knowledge to types of jobs you would be good at doing. You know what types of assignments at work to volunteer for because you know that you will probably excel at them and learn a few skills in the process. You’re better able to help newbies in the office, and you are seen as a leader in the areas you’re strong in. ……..Because You are In the Know! Here are 3 questions to really think deeply about and to help you see your strengths in your daily tasks. 1.) What makes you truly happy? Okay, so you might not get super stoked at the thought of creating a da-


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tabase of clients that your organization serves because you know it means a lot of hard work. However, you might really enjoy the creative and organizational process that the task requires, and, out of all the responsibilities you have at your job, you like this kind the best. Outside of work, what makes you happy? Is there an activity you enjoy that really brings you joy and makes you feel peaceful or super excited? Maybe that talent or passion could be something that turns into a business that you start. Have you ever thought about working for yourself? 2.) When have you received praise for your work? Think about the times at work where your supervisor or maybe one of your clients has been appreciative of the work you did. If you notice that the praise and thanks you receive seem to revolve around one skill, such as helping irate customers when they’re about to blow their tops, then that is probably a skill that you have that few others do. 3.) What do others say about you? Get honest answers from others! This doesn’t mean put out a begging plea on social media for people to tell you all the wonderful things about yourself. Instead, you can phrase your question to your contacts on social media, to people you know and who know you well, and to people whose opinion you trust more delicately. Tell them why you want to know: “I’m trying to figure out my strengths so that I can identify what kind of work I’d enjoy the most. Could you tell me something you think I’m good at?” Be ready to hear some weaknesses that people may offer as well, but take

those in stride and as constructive criticism. Avoid taking anything negative that people say personally. Asking people what they think your strengths are can be very insightful. You may not even be aware of some of the characteristics of your personality or your talents that people mention, and that can be very helpful knowledge to have. Take time to think through these questions. Sit and ponder them deeply and carefully. When you do, you’ll be able to make a list of your strengths that you feel comfortable talking about on job applications, on your resume or CV, and in job interviews. You’ll be more comfortable applying for a promotion in an area that utilizes a lot of your strengths. Keep a list of these strengths in a place that is visible to you and keep a copy for potential career changes. When the daily grind gets in the way of “seeing the forest through the trees,” break this list out and remind yourself of your strengths in your own big picture! By Michelle Raz of Raz Coaching. Specializing in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD Read more at


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Women Who Rock the Rockies


WHO ARE THEY? Well actually, they are all of you ladies, lasses and feminine badasses. Living in elevated towns can be tough, long winters, short summers but our passions keep us coming out for more, and we thrive. Since we cannot write about all of you we chose a few that will inspire chosen by readers and previous Women Who Rock the Rockies.

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eet Sandy Helt, a fashion-forward thinker who has brought style, one store at a time, to Colorado’s mountain town women. What started as a dream during Helt’s college years has resulted in a fabulous line of boutiques, now in seven Colorado locations. Crafting and creativity was a gift her mother shared with her and her sister as they grew up. It is where she believes her zeal for art, jewelry, and the fashion world came from and she is very grateful for the passion her mother instilled in her. During college, where Sandy was studying Pre-Med, she took an Entrepreneurship class as one of her electives. Sandy loved designing jewelry, a hobby she began while attending University, and decided that Entrepreneurship would be the anchor in achieving successes in life and owning her own business became the goal. After graduating, Sandy began selling her own jewelry designs. She left her childhood state of North Dakota and headed to Colorado where she called Boulder her home for a short while. Her first business was originally called Pearl Street Jewelry and Sandy would visit stores with samples that her clients could order. “I traveled through the state several times each year, taking my clients orders, and shipping their selections to them.” When she moved to Breckenridge Sandy decided to make Pearl Street Jewelry a full-time gig.


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WOMEN W HO RO CK THE RO CK IES “I was very busy and looking for opportunities to sell at farmers markets and through the art show circuit in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona while living the gypsy lifestyle out of my car. In the back of my mind though, I couldn’t give up the idea of having a clothing boutique. The problem was I didn’t have the means or I couldn’t find a great spot in Summit County to start something up. It was through serendipity that I found the perfect opportunity in Avon.” A fair sized but manageable space opened up in The Annex at 142 Beaver Creek Place and became the first Valley Girl Boutique, lovingly named for the women of the Vail Valley who began shopping there. “The name was perfect and attracted Vail Valley locals as well as tourists. I wanted to create a store that really appealed to people who lived in the

pieces through sales in my store. I bring a wide variety of jewelry from different artists and try to find unique things to create an appealing selection.” Ruby Jane was created to move away from the Valleygirl concept as Valleygirl Boutique was really intended more for the women of the Vail Valley. “I was excited about growing Ruby Jane as a new concept and include home decor, wedding gifts, a baby section, more shoes, and jewelry. Clothing, of course, is still the anchor but the selection is different from Valleygirl’s offerings. I also really wanted to bring Ruby Jane to more mountain towns. I was very careful in selecting opportunities that made sense for our business model. The Old Bay Street shop space and the building became available in Breckenridge. This really allowed me to branch out and take

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area first and bring affordable fashionable wear to mountain town communities because there was really no place to find stylish clothing at moderate price points. I have always loved being a mountain girl, but I wanted to be a stylie mountain girl.” It all started as a one-woman show when the first store opened in 2007 at the Avon location, and it was not all fun and fabulous. It was a bit more rough and tumble as Sandy broke her ankle two weeks before she opened, but she persevered and opened a second store a year later in Breckenridge. During that time Sandy still had her jewelry business but said, “it was challenging to keep up with both the business and produce my jewelry line. I still needed jewelry but after a few years, I relinquished that love and began supporting other artists who were creating unique

Ruby Jane from concept to reality. Another opportunity opened up in Denver Highlands and my sister was living in the area. This allowed us to expand in the Front Range.” “We are a family run business, myself, my husband, my sister, my motherin-law, my niece and sister-in-law have all been involved and still are. Throughout all of this, I was having children. I had my daughter Lila about a year after I open the Breckenridge store. She turned 1 when I opened up the Aspen store. Being a working mom has its challenges, I had my second daughter two years later and have always brought them to Market with me. I stay involved. Right now I am helping lead two girl scout troops with my girls. I want to do more with the community and the kids. I am very com-

mitted to keeping up with my children and being the best mom I can.” “One of my favorite parts of operating Valleygirl and RubyJane is attending the markets. Buying trips are so fun. I love going to Market seeing what’s new, meeting the designers, checking out new brands, labels, and new lines. I’m always trying to find something different, things that catch my eye. I try to shop at the market as an individual would shop at any of my stores.” “I have an amazing management team and I also love working in the stores. Each town, each store has its own identity. I love visiting each store, experiencing their differences and connecting with all of my staff. I am always waiting for perfect shop spaces to open and be ready to jump when I find the next right space.” Boulder had been in Sandy’s mind’s eye for a long while and when space recently became available she took the time to negotiate the rate to continue the expansion of her family run business. Sandy’s newest focus is on her online store It is a new venture that will allow the ladies who loved Valleygirl and Ruby Jane while visiting Colorado to continue to connect with the stores and our mountain town vibe. Sandy Helt’s entrepreneurial vision has helped bring jobs to women who love living in Colorado’s mountain town communities as well as affordable clothing to both the fashionistas and us rough and tumble girls too. Economically each town has benefited from the sales revenues she generates. Sandy is a powerhouse, albeit a humble powerhouse. You would never know what an asset she has been to all of Colorado’s mountain communities during a casual conversation. This girl is truly a Woman Who Rocks the Rockies. Today you can find Valleygirl Boutique in Avon, Breckenridge, and Edwards. Ruby Jane has locations in Denver Highlands, Steamboat Springs, and her new Boulder location. You will find Sandy visiting each one of her locations and continuing her smart growth long into the future.

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Janie Hayes By Anna Sitton

There are two kinds of people in this big, wide, beautiful world ... the ones who take on a 4,300-mile bike race across America and don’t quit even when a pit bull bite in Kentucky leads to a subsequent rabies shot, and people who…Don’t. Janie Hayes jumped back on her bike to finish 3rd overall in her second Trans Am Bike Race in 2017, a complete selfsupport cross-country race that begins in Oregon and ends in Virginia. What drives Janie ripples through all facets of her life. Janie was a wild child – always in the dirt and playing hard with the boys. As her teenage years approached, this instinct was stifled by messages to fit in as a typical girl who lived a little more softly. “I felt this conflict between being a girl and liking boys and wanting to respond to what I really was, which was a girl who wanted to be running around and sweating. I shut that part of myself down.” It wasn’t until just before her senior year in college that this young girl reemerged. During a summer at home, wrestling with that feeling we all know too well at this point in life, marked by a confusion and emptiness of what’s next when all of a sudden it’s all up to us, drove her to consider attempting a marathon. She bought a book at the mall, trained like it told her to, and 6 months later finished her first 26.2 mile running race. This was the start of the last 20 years of racing in Janie’s life. Starting with running, Janie quickly became addicted to what racing gave to 38

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her, which was much more than a medal or the sight of a finish line. “I like the urgency that racing gives to solving and addressing problems. I love riding my bike to ride my bike, but I also love the camaraderie. I love being pushed and challenged by other people; that’s another accelerator for me. So much of the comparison we get trapped in our daily lives is around our jobs, our social media feeds, our social life. This is one way to me that comparison is really healthy. Where you can you look at other people and think, ‘If they can do it, why can’t I at least try?’ I get that out of racing.” Through 16 years of triathlons, running, and road bike racing, Janie has now found a true love and inspiration in long distance peddling. Janie and her husband moved to Salida in 2012. At that time, it was becoming apparent that racing wasn’t filling Janie up with the good stuff like it once had. Despite multiple Ironman triathlons, including the Kona World Championships, and the opportunity to work with a coach to try to reach the professional level, racing had become wrapped up in pressure and expectation. Taking a break from it needed to be the next step. Janie needed a new direction and found it one night in a community movie night that was showing “Inspired to Ride,” a piece about the first Trans Am ride. She left that night knowing she had to at least try. Janie describes her first year in this cross-country race, “I didn’t know what I was doing. This is a great adventure and a woman named Lael Wilcox won the

race outright. That was super inspiring when I realized that women can be really good at this kind of racing.” She signed back up for 2017, hired a coach, trained specifically, and got 3rd overall. The gratification of seeing what was possible was back. Today, Janie is planning to launch her own business to help women with the mental side of challenges. “When you’re in the midst of it, I have two choices, I can try, or I can quit. Inevitably, you try, and it turns out you can do it, and you learn something about yourself.” When this lesson is applied to all areas of life, the sky truly is the limit. “Progress, not perfection, is an important goal to reach for. Especially for women because we grow up thinking we need to just nail it all. Doing this kind of racing allows me to be easier on myself because I get a better picture of can the reality of how it happens. It’s not about flogging yourself every day. It’s about taking good care of yourself,” Janie explains.

What Keeps Us On A Path of Passion? What inspires us to attempt what may seem insurmountable? Janie believes it’s incremental progress. “Getting up and doing something every single day, and some of the time it’s not enjoyable, but then the point where it all comes together arrives, and something so much bigger is accomplished.’ Janie Hayes strength and resilience surmount the voice that says no, and I think we can all use a little more of that magic. “From what I can tell, it all begins with simply giving it a go.” say Janie.


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always knew I wanted to live in the mountains, ever since I was young,” says Amy Purdy, on her choice to move her Adaptive Action Sports organization to Copper Mountain in 2011, the year snowboarding was first announced as an official Paralympic sport. “We kept finding ourselves coming out to Summit County multiple times every winter for competitions and just fell in love with it here.” The three-time Paralympic Snowboard medalist has been spending more time than usual in her home in Silverthorne this year, resting and recovering from a series of surgeries prompted by a life-threatening blood clot in February. The clot was caused in part by overuse of her prosthetic legs, and while Purdy says she doesn’t love being off her feet, she is loving the opportunity to rest in and appreciate the house she and her husband Daniel Gale bought and began renovating around the time of their wedding in 2015. “We get the best of both worlds here,” Purdy says. “We feel like we’re in the middle of the mountains – our house is surrounded by trees and we’re away from the noise – but at the same time Silverthorne is a great community and anything we need is right around the corner or we can hop on the highway in either direction.” The home is about 12 miles from her Adaptive Action Sports headquarters at Copper Mountain and 14 miles from Breckenridge, where the Dew Tour has hosted an Adaptive Banked Slalom event in recent years in partnership with Toyota, one of Purdy’s longtime sponsors. Lo-


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Amy Purdy By Colin Bane

cal wildlife visit the yard regularly, and the property has been blessed by a fox that has taken up regular lookout duty from atop an old doghouse on the deck and has come to enjoy its own share of Purdy’s celebrity status: @kitthewildfox now has well over 12,500 Instagram followers of his own. “One day we noticed this fox just sitting in the yard, pretty close to us, and we had a Japanese snowboarder staying with us who named him Kitsune,” Purdy says. “After that he started sleeping on the deck. He’d come up here and just be exhausted from, you know, surviving all day, and I’d think, “You and me both, Kit!’ Daniel takes really beautiful pictures of him, and when we started sharing the photos on Instagram people just fell in love with him.” Purdy isn’t the only snowboard superstar living in Silverthorne: Slopestyle gold medalist Red Gerard, Big Air silver medalist Kyle Mack, and Chris Corning all competed in the PyeongChang Olympics. Purdy took silver in Snowboard-Cross and bronze in Banked Slalom in PyeongChang, following up on her Snowboard-Cross bronze from Sochi in 2014. And U.S. Marine Corps veteran Jimmy Sides also competed in PyeongChang: he came to Adaptive Ac-

tion Sports to train with Purdy and Gale through their Wounded Warriors program after losing partial vision in his left eye and having his lower right arm amputated from an ordinance explosion in Afghanistan in 2012. “It’s pretty wild to go over to the awesome Silverthorne Rec Center and see all these world-class athletes working out together,” Purdy says. “I still get a little star-struck.” She hasn’t wrapped her mind around the reality that she has the most star power of them all. It all happened so fast. If you know the name Amy Purdy it could be from following her Paralympic adventures in Sochi and PyeongChang, but it could just as likely be from cheering for her on Dancing With the Stars and The Amazing Race, seeing her Super Bowl commercial for Toyota, watching her “Living Beyond Limits” TED Talk (it’s approaching 2 million views on YouTube), reading her bestselling 2014 memoir On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life, or catching her on Oprah Winfrey’s The Life You Want stadium tour. In the 19 years since meningococcal meningitis cut off circulation to her feet, forcing doctors to amputate both of her legs beneath her knees, she has worked


hard to shape one of the defining disasters of her life into a story of inspiration. One lesson about overcoming adversity she has taken to heart is that it is rarely a one-and-done process. In 2017, as she was preparing for PyeongChang at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, brachial neuritis began atrophying the nerves down both of her arms. “When that happened in the year before the Paralympics, I was definitely asking, ‘Why me? Haven’t I dealt with enough already? Am I going to have to lose my arms, too?’ But then sometimes the universe gives you signs, and hope is such an important thing. That summer there was a big fire that threatened our neighborhood. We had to evacuate and everything, and we didn’t see our favorite little fox for 15 days, a lot of it while I was in the hospital. We had no idea if he was ever going to come back. Then, the night I got home from the hospital, Kit showed up! Shortly after that I got

to where I’d have one good day, then two or three good days, then good days outnumbering the bad days again, until I could start to see my way back to the Paralympics and everything else important to me.” This year’s saga with the blood clot came just as she was scheduled to leave for a heli-boarding trip in Alaska with many of the best-known women in snowboarding. It was heartbreaking to have to cancel, and she says the experience has been even more frightening than the one that took her legs in the first place. “I had three surgeries in two weeks and it’s just been the most emotionally gnarly thing because there’s so much uncertainty,” Purdy says. “I had some discomfort from my prosthetic, which happens. You don’t run to the ER every time your prosthetic is bugging you, because that’s something you get used to. A blood clot never even crossed my mind until it was almost too late. It could have

killed me! It’s interesting timing for me to reflect on, to have had such a major thing hit my life at 19 and now exactly 19 years later I’m getting hit with just as big of an uncertainty.” She has been sharing openly on her social media accounts throughout the experience, trying to be honest with her fans about her fears and everything she’s going through, while also striving to stick to her own “Live Inspired” motto. “I actually think social media has helped me, because it makes me think of things a little bit differently than if I was just sitting here at home going through the depths of despair by myself,” Purdy says. “I’m conscious about not only sharing positive stuff, because I want to be real and authentic. I know there are other people dealing with pain, uncertainty, and fear, and the platform I have forces me to think: ‘How do I want to share this?’ My instinct is to really find the good in any situation. But I also want to tell the truth: this has been really hard. I’ve been terrified.” For this first time in her life, she says, she’s been contemplating the one thing that was unthinkable to her at 19, when she first lost her feet: after overcoming all manner of other barriers, her snowboarding career might finally be coming to an end. She says she’s been shifting her focus to how she can help grow the sport of adaptive snowboarding and particularly how she can help bring more women into the pipeline. But she isn’t using the word “retirement” just yet, either, and she hasn’t ruled out competing in the 2020 Beijing Games. “As an athlete there’s something amazing about these Olympic and Paralympic cycles we get into, where you know exactly what you’re doing for the next four years and what the goal is,” Purdy says. “It’s so hard to retire! We like waking up every day and knowing what we’re working towards. I have a successful motivational speaking career outside of competition now, so I don’t have to compete. I’ve made my mark. But if I can still do it after all of this, I will still do it. I want to do it! It gives me a sense of purpose. And I’d still love to have a gold medal to show for all of this.” IS S UE 1 ● 2 01 9 41


Ashley “Goose” Cameron By Kristen Lummis


t three years old, Ashley Cameron stood up to a goose. Although it was taller than her, she stood her ground, refusing to let the bigger bird intimidate her or the ducks that she was feeding. It was her first brush with what she calls her “spirit animal.” Years later, serving in the Navy, Cameron earned the nickname “Mama Goose.” Working almost exclusively alongside men, she took care of them, making them wear sunscreen and drink water. “I’d take care of them on the ship and they’d have my back when we were in port,” she explains. “They respected me because I could hold my own ground, but I was also like a mom to them.” From her early start as a defender of ducks, to ten years serving as a Naval medic and surgical tech, to being the mother of two young children, empathy and caring come naturally to Cameron. These traits make her extremely effective in her latest endeavor — teaching yoga to military veterans.

INJURED AND DEPRESSED In 2013, Cameron was sexually and physically assaulted by her soon-to-be ex-husband. The battering left her with a traumatic brain injury, severe headache syndrome, and post traumatic stress disorder. In the months that followed, Cameron struggled with depression, anxiety and feelings of worthlessness. “For about 18 months (following the 42

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assault), I was circling the drain, trying to find a purpose and to fill the void. The life I had been leading for so long was gone. It’s really hard. It is like losing somebody. You lose that person that was you,” she shares. THE POWER OF YOGA Cameron’s first yoga experience came in the form of recommended recreational therapy. A long-distance runner and gym rat, she was skeptical. “You mean you want me to do that thing that all those skinny ladies on Instagram do? Do I look like somebody that does that?” she remembers thinking. Her first yoga class, in a lifeguard tower on a Southern California beach, was uncomfortable, especially when she was directed to close her eyes and rest in shavasana, or corpse pose. “I couldn’t get

still, I couldn’t get out of my head. I was so not present,” Cameron explains. At this time, Cameron’s PTSD was so bad that she didn’t feel safe outside of her home, especially when she was with her kids. After seeing photos of parents doing yoga with their children, she realized this was something positive and fun they could do together at home. Eventually, Cameron returned to the beach. And after a few more classes, something changed. Things that would normally have stressed her — like having her back to other people or the parking lot — weren’t having the same effect. She began to notice her breath and the grains of sand moving in the wind. She heard the crash of the waves and something within her released. At the end of the class, again resting in shavasana, Cameron cried for the first time in many months.


YOGA FOR VETERANS In 2015, Cameron was medically retired from the Navy. She felt unmoored and unsure of her purpose. Immersed as she was in yoga, she realized that sharing yoga with other veterans could be her purpose and, with a scholarship, she began teacher training. A Colorado native born in Grand Junction and raised in Steamboat Springs and on the Front Range, in 2016 Cameron relocated her family to Grand Junction and began free yoga classes for vets. Jim Worthington is one of her students. Retired from the Coast Guard, Worthington, like Cameron, was reluctant to try yoga. Now he credits her classes with “helping me with get through the harder times in my life.” Crystal Woolen, an Army veteran and a Peer Support Specialist with the Veterans Administration, shares that she “found a lot of hard won peace and freedom” in Cameron’s class. “In her class I can be vulnerable and strong — anything I want to be in my space, on my mat, in my time,” Woolen shares. As for Cameron, she still feels the loss of her military career —“it’s what I was born to do” — but thrives on the connection with other veterans, which is sometimes virtual. Cameron recently created a home-practice yoga DVD and YouTube channel. It is available free of charge to veterans and first responders. Summing up her experience practicing and teaching yoga, Cameron shares this. “Yoga teaches you about your body and your body teaches you about life. Through yoga, you learn how things affect you and how you can make changes, small or great, to heal.” Cameron teaches free Yoga for Veterans classes at Yoga V Studio in Grand Junction. For more information on Cameron’s DVDs and YouTube channel, please follow her on Facebook @GooseYoga or email her at IS S UE 1 ● 2 01 9 4 3


Hannah Taylor By Bethany Taylor, and others who loved Hannah

Untamed New England


everal years ago, when my sister Hannah Taylor began dabbling in Adventure Racing with her close friends Olof and Whitney Hedberg, the Hedbergs happened to mention an Adventure Race back East called Untamed New England. “But…that’s me! I’m definitely New England, untamed!” said Hannah, gleeful to have had her New Hampshire roots and her Rocky Mountain athleticism suddenly converge. To be Peak Hannah, I think she’d have had a look on her face like Hobbes the Tiger going feral, a bike-grease stained Middlebury College hoodie over her rain-soaked running clothes, and a set of ski-skins in her—aggressively nailpolished—hands, and possibly giggled like wind-chimes to learn the phrase that described her perfectly. To some, it might be important to list off all of the races she ran, the lines she 44

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skied, the miles and hours she spent on any sort of trail in every sort of weather. I’m not doing that, because Hannah herself was never about the resume and pedigree. She was about the adventure. The 100 mile races she started to run in 2015 were just because—in Hannah-logic— the best way to extend a good hike. Time in the mountains, to Hannah, was time in the mountains, so more miles and more hours simply equaled more fun, more of being around what’s up there and out there. She explained the endurances races to our mother by saying, simply, “it’s just an extension of you teaching me to love and hike in the White Mountains. I’m doing all the same things, just with bigger mountains.” But that’s just Hannah the Athlete, the Hanimal as some friends dubbed her. And that’s who most people knew— a tiny bad ass woman with friendly black dog and an incandescent smile who was always getting faster and stronger, finding new ways to test her own limits, and then new ways again when she found herself somewhat unstoppable. Although, I’ve learned that she would

stop her workouts and hike with friends if she found them on the same trail, because the companionship of sharing the woods and mountains with the other people was better than running really fast alone. She could always do the workout another time. Hannah knew, better than many, how hard it is to make a life in a mountain town. They’re places and economies built for people to visit, to come for their adventures, but then go home to elsewhere to earn their money. Hannah, with characteristic tenacity and the student loans to accompany her New England education, hung on to make it work, to stay in the mountains. She barista-ed at Starbucks, landscaped at Keystone, sold madras shorts at J. Crew, and a few other shorter term jobs before learning how to live on what she earned juggling work for Summit Huts Association and as an assistant ski coach for Summit Nordic. That is the real endurance race—it takes a special person to make the balances and tradeoffs and choices to build a life, and not an escape, in these places which are rife with sexism and classism.

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the impact she has had on our club. We all know that this club wouldn’t exist without her. She wasn’t just a coach with SNSC, she was the heart and soul of SNSC. Her impact on our athletes reached far beyond their ability to ski. She didn’t just help children become successful athletes, but successful and great people. Her dedication to our athletes was undeniable. She kept a record of every wax used for every race over the last 10 years and cried every time we missed a wax on a race. She always wanted every athlete to have the best possible situation to perform and spent hours and hours making sure everyone had the perfect conditions no matter if you finish first or 30th. She instilled values like hard work, integrity, truthfulness and a sense of adventure into our club. To say that Hannah was an SNSC coach is not enough. SNSC as a whole is a reflection of Hannah Taylor and her values. Without ever asking for the spotlight, she shaped SNSC to a reflection of herself, and every day going forward we will try to honor that reflection and be the best we can. We miss her every day.” Hannah worked for Summit Huts Association for fourteen years. Her coworked Mike Zobbe remembers that “from the start, a few things became apparent – that she was smart, tough, independent thinking and not afraid to let you know what she thought. She worked mostly in the office but

was never afraid of taking on a task in the field that involved running (literally) up to one of the huts. She kept her work and personal life separate – it took a few years before we met her partner Will, but she was also passionate about Summit Huts. She cared about our mission and what we offered people. It was an utter shock to lose her to the mountains, she was irreplaceable to our organization. She had become a crucial part of our team, especially during the construction of the Sisters Cabin. Her legacy will always be a part of the fabric of Summit Huts and we will never forget her.” I close this story remembering one of my sister Hannah’s favorite books, Terry and Renny’s Russell’s “On the Loose,” where the brothers write: “The point of it all is Out There, a little beyond the last rise you can barely see, hazy and purple on the sky. These pages are windows. And windows are to see through.” I don’t know where Hannah is now, but I do know that her life is a window for us all to see through. And that is not enough, but the example of Hannah’s remarkable life is something,

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Many people reading this may know Hannah or recognize her name from her tragic and dramatic death—on July 21, 2018, while out on a run with Olof in the Gore Range, near the Silverthorne Spire, Hannah rested her hand on a rock which came loose, sending her falling down a scree slope. A larger rock was dislodged above, and hit her in the head, killing her instantly. She is my sister, my best friend, and all who knew and loved her will never be whole again. However, as her sister, I am resolute that Hannah’s death only ever be a reason for more women, more girls to go to the woods, the waters, the wilds…the whatever that brings them joy, peace, adventure, and radiant glee. One of Hannah’s Nordic athletes, Noelle Resignolo, looked up to her coach with great admiration, she talks about her mentor and friend, “Hannah had been with Summit Nordic Ski Club for 14 years and there are no words that can describe

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ccording to the National Association of Women in Construction, the percentage of women in construction overall has hovered somewhere between 9% and 10% since 1996 and is currently at 9.9%. But of the 8.3 million that were employed in field production of the construction and extraction industries in 2018, only 3.4% were women. Numbers I was certainly surprised by but as I look around Colorado’s mountain town communities this report matches my observations. I discovered one anomaly, Chanelle Harwood of Chanelle Harwood Homes in Pagosa Springs Colorado. Architect, Suzanne Allen-Sabo, put Chanelle’s name forward as a candidate for an article. Her husband and business partner, Chris Harwood said, “I may be biased but I do believe Chanelle has an interesting story. We are both from England and have lived in the USA for 22 years. Her entire family were builders of note back in England and can be traced back


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to 1671 with a street still named after them.” I was intrigued. I learned that Chanelle had spent her first 6 years in Cincinnati, OH and then Raleigh, NC where she worked with local builders, advising them on design. In 2003 they moved to Pagosa Springs and, not finding anything suitable to buy, she decided to build the family home. The local building inspectors at the time told her that, as a woman in a very small town, she’d never get it done. Well, she did. All 6,000 square feet of it. As the children grew and moved on to attend university they sold their first home and decided to build something

smaller. It attracted so much interest that the couple didn’t move in. Nor did they move into the next one, or the one after that as the popularity of her homes grew into a custom home business. Chanelle was born into a family of builders renowned for their work constructing schools, hospitals, and churches in the south of England. Her roots in construction can be traced as far back as 1671 when Thomas and Jeremiah Hagger (Chanelle’s maiden name) are on record employing 12 men building in the city of Great Chesterford, England. Much of their work still stands today and a street is named after the family. Her first project in England was a remodel where

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she transformed a 900 square foot, 3 bedroom single level home into a 3,000 square foot, 5 bedroom, two-story country house. She has gained notoriety for her attention to detail and personal involvement in every step of the construction process, she has quietly earned a reputation for building the finest quality custom homes in the area. A reputation that was met with quite a bit of skepticism and resistance. Chanelle told me of workers who simply refused to work with her just because she was a woman and others would second guess and even challenge her decisions. It was the community home inspectors however that realized her talents and attention to detail were exceptional, skills they wished other builders in the area would She has a bevy of accolades complimenting her work and professionalism. Canadian Timberframes said, “We thank Chanel hardwood homes for an excellent partnership on the Pagosa springs timber frame home. It is because 50

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of partnerships like this one partnership that are built on a foundation of excellent craftsmanship professional level of service and years of experience that create successful projects. Projects were the clients are happy and the product shines through. Thanks for the great partnership and we look forward to working on another great project together.” One of Chanelle’s favorite homes to build was Echo Canyon Ranch in Pagosa Springs. This home is the quintessential Colorado mountain retreat sitting on 42 acres with panoramic views of the entire county. It was constructed using conventional methods but utilizing Lodgepole Pine and Western Cedar logs and siding from British Columbia. Chinking was applied to complete the appearance of a real log home. The custom cabinetry in every room was created with meticulous attention to detail by Amish craftsmen. Annita Bens, owner of Echo Canyon Ranch says, “Chanelle knows how to build on the challenging slopes and terrain in Pagosa Springs. She has an

outstanding and dependable crew that always gets paid on time. And now we continue to enjoy her care for her little gems, long after they were sold to us. She helps us out on the spot every time we have an issue that needs to be addressed. Like with most construction be aware that it will always take longer than expected. But Chanelle makes use of every day (snow or not) she can get a crew out. More importantly, she was every day on the job site for all our home construction and renovations. We highly recommend Chanelle Harwood Homes.” Chanelle is always up to the challenge of building a superb dwelling in almost any location. She is currently in the process of finishing up a 9,000 sf. timber frame custom home. Her 10th home in Pagosa Springs. If you speak to her she will probably tell you that English cottages are her inspiration. They’re just bigger here in America! You can contact Chanelle through her website:

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FOREST BATHING By Julie Bielenberg


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We Mountain Women thought we knew it all when it came to creative therapies and off-the-grid treatments, we stand corrected. Here is a collection of the trendiest, earth-based treatments to reenergize the mind, body and soul.


erhaps you have heard of it, “Shinrin-Yoku.” Translated it means taking in the forest atmosphere, a Japanese practice that is gaining traction in the US and abroad. Shinrin-Yoku, Forest Bathing aka Forest Therapy philosophy are not hikes, in the traditional sense. It is a practice of walking in nature and is typically 2 to 4 hours in duration, most often covering no more than a quarter mile distance. In that short distance, people experience contact with nature in a much deeper way than they ever have prior to the walk. On guided Forest Therapy walks, people have a wide range of experiences, some of which they feel are significant, even profound. Guides are trained in the skills and perspectives needed to be supportive witnesses of these experiences. Colorado has six Certified Forest Therapy Guides who have completed a week-long intensive training followed by a sixmonth practicum and certification program supported by professional trainers and mentors through The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT). You can access these individuals or find another guide somewhere in our big wide open world at www. Here are quite a few suggestions for forest bathing and other fabulous healing practices for you, your friends and family. FOREST THERAPY AT THE OBEROI SUKHVILAS, INDIA Known as Shinrin-yoku in Japanese, forest bathing is also known as the medicine of being in the forest, and can be literally translated as “taking in the forest atmosphere”. Set within 8,000 acres of protected natural forest, The Oberoi Sukhvilas is an ideal place to experience this calming, neurologically refreshing therapy. Guests will step inside the Siswan Forest, breathe deeply, and allow themselves to switch off from the world and feel the benefits. Forest bathing is said to boost the immune system, reduce blood pressure and stress, lift the mood, increase energy levels, improve sleep and much more. Guests are able to book forest bathing for $15 USD for up to two guests. The Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa, Siswan Forest Range is a resort in New Chandigar at the foothills of the outer Himalayas. It is located 30 minutes from Chandigarh city center and 45 minutes from Chandigarh airport.

FOREST BATHING AT L’AUBERGE, SEDONA, ARIZONA The setting at L’Auberge is perfect for this practice with the abundance of wildlife, the rushing sounds of Oak Creek and the variety of tree life that canopies the creek bank. A forest bathing session begins with a brief introduction to the practice followed by an invitation to be mindful of presence. As you begin to let go of distractions you start to notice the opening of your senses, quieting of the mind, and a deeper and more meaningful connection to nature. The resort offers private 60 or 90-minute Connecting with Nature sessions, where you will be guided by one of our certified facilitators. Each session is unique in nature, where playful invitations, such as stepping into the creek, can be used to bring out the child in each of us. Reconnect with yourself by finding a sit spot that invites stillness and reflection. To encourage you to continue this practice at home, we provide you with an eco-friendly journal to capture your personal forest bathing experience.

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Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.

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~John Muir

COLORADO LOCAL! We’ve got some crazy, unique treatments in the Centennial State that are certainly worth the exploration, or shall we say, float in some cases. Estes Park has Colorado’s only Float Pod at the Riverspointe Spa & Salon. If you have ever visited the Dead Sea, imagine a miniseabed enclosed in a capsule. The float pod is also known as a sensory deprivation tank which is essentially a large vessel, filled with 900 pounds of Epsom salts and ten inches of filtered, circulating water to keep you floating at all times, it’s simply impossible to sink. “Floating” is the experience of being weightless in the pod, supported by the salt water which is the same temperature as your skin. There are various lights in the pod to help enhance different moods, an option for soft music, and, of course, an attendant 54

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should you need anything. It’s birthday suit-recommended and read simple instructions before booking a session that runs about two hours for the first experience. The perks? Releases endorphins, relieves stress, eases chronic pain, speeds healing and recovery, improves skin conditions, detoxifies the system, increases circulation and creativity, improves concentration and sleep, decreases cortisol levels, enhances meditation, elevates your mood, and attempts to help you attain the deepest relaxation.

FORES T BATHING CEDAR ENZYME BATH IN SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA Located in wine country is Osmosis Day Spa, known for the rare Cedar Enzyme Bath, rejuvenating massages, organic facials, and beautiful Zen gardens. The is the only location outside of Japan that offers this treatment—a fermentation bathing ritual involving immersing one’s entire body in a mixture of soft and fragrant ground cedar and rice bran with living enzymes that stimulate metabolic activity inside and out. This warm and fragrant treatment offers a myriad of health benefits, from improving circulation to relieving joint and muscle pain, and the living enzymes deeply and thoroughly clean your skin resulting in a your entire body exuding a radiant glow. The service lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes tea in the Japanese Garden, a Cedar Enzyme Bath, and a metamusic blanket wrap. The cost is $109 for one person or $99 if there are two or more people booking.

ZEN HORSE SUNSET YOGA IN LANAI To combine as much inspiration and zen into one activity, Four Seasons Resorts Lanai Ranch at Koele reconnects guests’ mind, body and heart to the natural world, while they enjoy outdoor yoga, meditation and a shared-space experience in the horses’ home environment. Taking place at sunset, this uniquely energetic connection to other noble, sentient beings provides a chance for humans and horses to interact, with no agenda other than to share moments of deep presence, curiosity and connection from the heart. The hour-long class-includes round trip transport to the Stables. $200 for two-guest minimum; discounts for multiple groups. PS, they also have Zen golf, Zen tennis and an overall zen wellness package for those who need a complete overhaul.

SWEAT JOURNEY IN SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO The Spiritual Journey treatment offered through the spa at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe is a full body treatment will lead you through a journey of peace and enlightenment to purify, restore balance and renew vitality. Inspired by shamanic techniques of guided imagery and deep relaxed breathing, treatment begins with a smudging of sage, a dry brushing of the body, followed by an adobe clay mask and wrap. While wrapped, you will be guided through a spiritual journey. Following the wrap, you will lead to sit in the sauna to purify the body, followed by a Chakra balancing massage, which restores the mind, body and spirit. 110 MINUTES for $300.

BEACH WALKING MEDITATION & SAND MANDALA AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island strengthens its commitment to holistic wellbeing by partnering with a local husband and wife duo to offer ongoing meditation classes using Yoga Nidra technique as well as unique programming such as full moon meditation and contemplative beach walking with sand mandalas. Poised on a bluff of dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the resort’s seaside location lends itself to a relaxing retreat. The resort’s Contemplative Beach Walking Meditation & Sand Mandala program uses nothing but nature and guided breathing techniques to relax and create presence. During the 90-minute workshop, guests will walk silently along the beach and collect small “found objects” to create sand mandalas while listening to the sound of crashing waves. Communing with elements in nature, these mandalas remind guests of their every day relation to infinity. Note: a mandala is circle design representing the elements of fire, water, earth and air. Day: Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. prior to meditation series class; Begins on March 16th and will occur once every 4-6 weeks. Price: $65pp

FARM-TO-MAT WELLNESS & TREEHOUSE YOGA WITH TIMBERS KAUAI The brand-new, posh, Timbers Kauai partners with Pineapple Retreats to introduce visitors to Kauai holistic nutritionist and yogi Shannon Nering. The resort offers a half-day excursion that includes treehouse yoga, an orchard tour with mud therapy, massage, nutrition/health consult, food demo and delicious raw tasty treats from the pineapple farm. The excursion is offered on most Thursdays. Bonus! There is an agri-education class at The Farm at Hokuala. Keiki (children) and resort guests at Timbers Kauai can learn about the grass roots, organic and sustainable farming practices at the onsite organic community farm, The Farm at Hokuala. Managed by Farmer Cody Meyer, a chef turned passionate local farmer, the farm offers guests the opportunity to learn about where food comes from, pick fruits and veggies, and prepare hor d’ourves to serve to their parents at the day’s paun hana (happy hour). The hour-long agri-education class teaches about how to sustainably grow food and plant your own garden. Guests can also learn about how Timbers Kauai gives back to the local community, providing surplus produce to local schools.

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The Act of Self Care

We sat with Amy Beckett of Blue Sage Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado and discussed the new “trend” or buzzword, Self Care. The concept is not new but its need in today’s society is huge. It can refer to taking moments at home to boost your health and well being but can extend to anything that allows you to relax and take some time out. Many of us have so many responsibilities in life that we forget to take care of our personal needs. This is particularly true for mothers, who have many caregiving responsibilities, but moms certainly don’t have a monopoly on letting life get in the way of taking care of themselves. And while it’s hard to prioritize something like taking a bath or getting a body treatment when you have so many other items on your to-do list, self-care is an important aspect of stress management.

How Self Care Benefits You

We are all less able to handle the stresses that come our way when we’re depleted by physical and emotional exhaustion. We are more resilient and more able to handle life’s stress when we are feeling our best both physically and emotionally. A massage, soak in the tub or other forms of pampering revitalize you inside and out. Taking time out to maintain self-care has several benefits: TAKE TIME ALONE While different people have varying degrees of introversion and extroversion, having some time alone is important for most people’s functioning. When you’re relaxing by yourself, it’s much easier to slip into a state of quiet meditation, enjoy some self-reflection, or let your problems work themselves out in the back of your mind, without taking all of your focused concentration. GIVES YOURSELF A BREAK Taking a break amidst a tub of warm bubbles or under the warm hands of an experienced masseuse can help you feel like you’re escaping a stressful reality and taking a mental and emotional vacation. As previously mentioned, it triggers the relaxation response and allows you to come back to the reality of your life feeling refreshed and relaxed. ASSIST YOUR EMOTIONAL HEALTH Taking time out to care for yourself can remind you and others that you and your needs are important, too. Having a well-

cared-for body can make you feel good about yourself and your life, and conveys to others that you value yourself. This can contribute to long-term feelings of wellbeing. Try a guided meditation practice and get plenty of sleep. MAINTAIN YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH While self-pampering doesn’t always lead to major improvements in overall health the way healthy diet and exercise do, the relaxation you get from Exercise can trigger the relaxation response, which can prevent chronic stress from damaging your health. Go for a hike, head to the gym, grab your skis or snowboard, hit a Yoga session. BECOME A BETTER CAREGIVER People who neglect their own needs and forget to nurture themselves are at danger of deeper levels of unhappiness, low self-esteem, and feelings of resentment. Also, sometimes people who spend their time only taking care of others can be at risk of getting burned out on all the giving, which makes it more difficult to care for others or themselves. Taking time to care for yourself regularly can make you a better caretaker for others. SELF SOOTHE Giving your body some special treatment is a natural way to relieve stress. Other than keeping your skin soft and your body in good repair, spa-related activities like massage and warm baths have been known to soothe even small colicky babies like nothing else. Such activities continue to be effective tools for relaxation as we get older, but we sometimes forget to utilize them.

Self-Care Strategies That Work

Once you’ve decided it’s time to start nurturing yourself and your body, be sure to block off some time for this. Try to schedule a block where you won’t be interrupted. You need only to have a bathroom to give yourself a home-spa experience; you can put on some soothing music, and try some or all of the following self-care strategies. Take a Bath Deep-Condition Your Hair Deep-Clean Your Pores: Care For Your Feet: Nourish Your Skin: Tend to Your Nails Get a Massage Go to Bed Early

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istorically Cannabis has been used to treat a variety of health conditions by topical application (application to the skin). Cannabis Topical preparations are absorbed through the skin to affect a targeted area. This is a minimally invasive way to administer medications, and with Cannabis a way to reduce side effects.The skin is one of our largest organs and is capable of absorbing medications and expelling waste. Tinctures, salves and balms are preparations that allow a medication to directly affect the site that medication is needed. The medication within the product gets absorbed direct to the area that is most desirable and will have less of chance to reach areas that are undesirable. Applying a cannabis preparation to the skin does not usually affect the


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brain and has little effect on cognition or memory. It does not produce the intoxicating effect that has caused so much debate about marijuana “mind altering” effects. Patients report that many of these conditions respond favorably to topically applied cannabis. Skin disorders, in particular, do well with topical cannabis. Psoriasis, eczema, contact dermatitis, itching and even skin infections have been reported to improve with topical cannabis. Marijuana may also be used topically for stopping migraines, headaches or pain. A term often heard and associated with the healing properties of the Marijuana/Cannabis plant is Cannabinoid. Cannabinoid’s are chemicals unique to the Cannabis plant. There are over 480 natural components found within the

Cannabis sativa plant, of which 66 have been classified as “cannabinoids”. Cannabis Indica, as opposed to Cannabis Sativa, is best for providing relief for physical symptoms. Some benefits of Indica are – to reduce pain, relax muscles, relieve spasms, reduce inflammation, reduce nausea, relieve headaches and migraines, and have been used as a successful anti-convulsant for some though it is time consuming as it takes several weeks for the product to mature. There are quite a few companies producing professionally prepared treatments here in Colorado. Cannabis oil has a multitude of uses. It is an excellent pain reliever because it stimulates localized THC and CBD receptors throughout our bodies. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory by stimu-

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GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS: The venue is a converted hayCONTACT: barn with stage, lighting & Camping is allowed in our manicured hay meadows sound. While the sides are open to provide fresh air and scenvia tent or RV, allowing guests the wedding curtains Photo Credits: i Bar Ranch ery, there are of weatherproof that can enclose the space party to celebrate until the late hours. Many hotel THE VENUE: THE VENUE: during inclement weather. The venue is in operation from A 14 acre private venue on the banks of the Tomichi accomodations are available within 1-2 miles of the The I Bar is The an authentic westernpavilion heritage May-October for community orientated events. facility.that Creek. venue has a covered roofevent that center seats up to like 515.a typical The Ranch sitshay upon a 10 acre converted looks Colorado barn.onUnderneath hay meadow, ft offfor of up thetoTomichi of ‘W’AND THINGS ACTIVITIES TO DO: ACTIVITIES: the roof 250 is seating 500, with Creek a stage, at the base fishing in the Tomichi Creek, or venture danceinf loor, lighting and sound CO. system. Mountain beautiful Gunnison, TheOn-site Colorado Fly DOW op-on-site Bring your fishing pole because the opportunity to angle is out on to the many other rivers in Gunnison ammenities also include two bonfire locations, erates the buffer of land between our venue and Tomichi Creek plentiful in the Gunnison Valley and up on higher mountain County. Mountain Bike riding, rafting, live music, horseshoe pits, horse drawn haywagon, kitchen, and offers access to fantastic fly fishing and equestrian/hiking streams. Hit the trail by horse foot or bike. There are trails in evtrail running, shopping, hiking abound. ample parking and individual men’s & women’s opportunities. ery direction from the front door of the lodge. The amenities of bathrooms. The facility can be heated if plans are Themade I Barahead is situated Gunnison and Crested Butte are minutes to a short drive away, of time1.5 miles southeast of downtown GunniLOCATION: LOCATION: 840 Country 49 Gunnison, CO 850 County Road Road 49, Gunnison, Colorado

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High Country Lodge, Breckenridge LOCATION: Peak 7, Breckenridge, Colorado THE VENUE: The High Country Lodge, a venue located in Breckenridge, Colorado, provides couples with a rustic retreat nestled on beautiful Peak 7 amongst the pines of the Arapaho National Forest. Since 1965, The High Country Lodge has been providing couples and guests with privacy and peace, where they can enjoy their bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, family gatherings, ceremonies, and receptions. This four-season wedding venue has stunning panoramic mountain views as your backdrop regardless of the season in which you choose to exchange your vows. The property sits on 12 acres in the Forest and has different settings and locations to choose from for your wedding ceremony.. Specializing in weddings of 40 guests or less, the Facility offers a great value with Lodging and Catering Services included in their comprehensive package. For the reception, couples can enjoy the Lodge, the deck, and/or a tent. Wed64

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dings over 40 guests are required to rent a tent, etc. for the comfort of all guests. The Lodge features enough space for up to 24 of your guests to stay and enjoy the surrounding area ski resorts, mountain biking, hiking trails, and area amenities. The property does require a full buyout to reserve space for all celebrations. ACTIVITIES: During the summer and fall, there are trails to hike and mountain bike in every direction from their location. The amenities of the Town of Breckenridge and ski resort are hikeable or minutes away from the location of the Peak 7 address. The Town of Breckenridge is also a short drive away to enjoy area festivals, events, restaurants, and shopping. In the summer go ziplining, flyfishing, rafting, learn to SUP, head out horseback riding, or attend a yoga class. In the Winter Snowshoeing and Nordic skiing are right out the front door. Snowmobiling, Skiing, Snowboarding, and more are a short drive away.


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Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon


ocated in the heart of the Vail Valley at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa offers a stunning mountain setting filled with glorious views. Couples can exchange vows on The Westin Riverfront’s dramatic Wedding Lawn, which can accommodate up to 225 guests, while taking in the soothing sounds of the Eagle River. Continue the celebration in one of two elegant ballrooms, both boasting floor-to-ceiling windows and magnificent outdoor terraces. Bridal parties can get pampered for the big day at Spa Anjali, which features a full-service salon & spa offering custom wedding hair and makeup services, plus mountain-inspired spa treatments. The resort is also home to Maya, a modern Mexican kitchen by acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval, a perfect spot for a rehearsal dinner or post-wedding brunch for up to 150 people. The Westin Riverfront offers direct skier access to Beaver Creek Mountain via the Riverfront Express Gondola in the winter and amazing fly-fishing, hiking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and golf in the spring, summer and fall. Amenities at the dog-friendly resort include a ski valet, the Athletic Club at The Westin and a year-round outdoor pool and three infinity-edged hot tubs. The resort features 230 luxurious residences, which range from studio suites to three-bedroom condominiums, each with a custom kitchen, five-piece bathroom, gas fireplace and Westin Heavenly Bed.

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lanning a wedding can be a time of incredible joy and excitement as well as a time that can overwhelm the best of us. We have some words of advice from seasoned professionals in the wedding industry for those prepping to plan one of the greatest days of their lives. OUTDOOR WEDDING CEREMONIES The mountains have some crazy weather. During the warmer month’s mornings bring blue bird sky’s and sunny weather but as the day heats up, so do the storms. If you are thinking of holding an outdoor wedding, consider a mid-morning ceremony to take advantage of a big blue sky overhead and great photo ops after the service. If you must have an evening wedding, then be prepared to have a backup location to exchange your vows. A fierce thunderstorm may not be the memory of a lifetime you were dreaming of. SELECTING A WEDDING PLANNER

by Elizabeth ‘Ebs’ Long

There are a few things to consider when choosing the perfect wedding planner. First and foremost, you need to make sure that you ‘click’ with your planner. You’re going to be spending a lot of time with this person and you want the experience to be enjoyable. I always say that it’s ok if you do not connect on a personal level with people like your caterer or your florist but vendors like your wedding planner or your photographer you really should. You spend the most time with us and it should be fun! Right along with ‘clicking’ with your wedding planner, you need to trust us. We are the professionals in the field and that is why you hire a wedding planner in the first place. We have some really great advice from years of experience. Your wedding planner may give advice that you didn’t think of and if you trust them and go with it, your day will run smoothly. Hiring a planner with years of experience is always great too. So much of what we know is from on the job learning. A good planner will take notes from the previous wedding season and implement things going forward. And finally, it is essential to choose a wedding planner that knows the area and bonus points for being local. We can go to meetings for you, run to a venue to take a quick snapshot or we even may know a seamstress that will come to you for that 2:30am steaming emergency.

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When choosing a wedding caterer, communication is key. I believe it is crucial to find someone who will understand your vision and provide options within your budget. As a catererbeing flexible while maintaining consistency is essential because every event is different. Each event has its own unique set of details meant to create the unforgettable experience you have imagined. So, my advice to everyone- know your budget,


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You’ve set the date, picked out a venue and reserved the band. Now for the most important decision, choosing who will preside over your ceremony. Although this box on your “To Do List” often gets pushed to the bottom, it’s one of the most import parts of the planning process. A Wedding Officiant has a significant role to guide you through probably one of the most important days of your life. So why not find someone that resonates with you and your vision. Before shopping around for the “Right Fit”, getting clear on a couple of details will help ease the process and allow for a more seamless search. #1 Have a Vision: Know Your Flavor? To begin, it’s more important to “Get Clear” on what style of ceremony you envision rather than the words that will be spoken. The role of a seasoned Officiant is to create a ceremony that reflects your personalities and vision. To orient your compass in the direction to look, first, decide if your ceremony will be religious or non-religious. Getting clear on the flavor of your ceremony - Religious, Non- denominational, Spiritual, Nature or Civil will help you narrow down the search to someone who can confidently deliver a ceremony in the style you are seeking. #2 Credentials: Finding an Officiant that is not only professional but experienced and recommended can go a long way. “A good officiant is a good orator,” says Larissa Banting of Weddings Costa Rica on WeddingWire. “They have confidence, speak clearly and understand how to create dramatic tension when necessary as well as levity, taking everyone on a journey with their words and voice.” Remember most often you get what you pay for. Know your budget range but be realistic. If you are requiring a larger degree of customization and 68

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meetings, expect to invest more for those services than an Officiant with a prewritten script. #3 Know the Facts: Have the following information available When interviewing Officiants, be prepared to provide the date, time and ceremony location. If you haven’t settled on the specifics, then share a range of what you are considering. For outdoor ceremony locations off the beaten trail, choose an Officiant capable of accessing the venue. Other important details to share include wedding party size (which would determine the necessity of a rehearsal), involving any guests with readings, songs or unity ceremony. This information will help you find an Officiant not only willing but capable of artfully weaving these in components into your ceremony and offering suggestions and support for your vision. #4 Location, Location, Location: If you are planning a mountain town or remote wedding, hiring a local officiant can help avoid any unnecessary day of stress related to inclement weather or travel complications. Local Officiants are also familiar with the area and work closely with other local vendors enabling them to assist in any last minute emergencies as well as provide other local suggestions and tips. #5 Have a Connection: Find a person you resonate with who shares a similar style and personality that is complementary to the two of you. The last thing you want is an Officiant you are not comfortable being around or talking to. Look for a perfect blend of someone who can be professional while adding inappropriate humor, someone who is calm and level headed but can be appropriately direct in their tone, pitch, and demeanor. And most importantly, someone who is compassionate and has your best interest in mind. To ensure that you get to choose the person that is the right fit rather settling for who is available on your date, it’s recommended not to wait until the last minute. Getting clear on your vision will not only help you narrow down your search but will also inform your potential hire about your needs and wishes. These details will allow them to check their availability, provide a quote

and share how their unique skill set can support your vision….all valuable pieces for making an informed decision when choosing the right person for the job. Happy Hunting. Ordained by the Universal Life Church since 2012, Leslie brings her connection to the outdoors and spirituality into creating a custom ceremony and personalized vows for your wedding. Non-denominational wedding ceremonies performed anywhere from the ski slopes to the beach. As a yoga instructor and mountain guide, Leslie also offers guided excursions and yoga sessions for your wedding party. Serving Summit, Eagle and Park Counties, Roaring Fork Valley, Greater Estes Park, the Front Range and Destination Weddings.


by Hunter A. Gansmann Cosmetologist Lash Artist, The Beauty Hunter LLC at Monets Salon

Everyone has a different style & everything goes these days!! So, searching for the perfect stylist/artist to either transform or enhance your true inner and outer beauty is crucial! When looking for an artist for your wedding day, I always recommend my brides to take into account a few things: What look are you going for? (I like Pinterest and any other inspirations from each person so I can get visuals) What colors are you incorporating? What styles best suits my dress and my bridesmaid’s dresses? What will look the most aesthetically pleasing for photos? (Cause that’s what we’ll be showing in memories with years down the line!) How much makeup are you used to wearing and how often do you style your hair? ( I never want to overwhelm someone who wears a very natural day to day look to a full-on glam look- and visa versa) For me personally, as a Coloradobased Cosmetologist, the most popular trends I have seen are, stunning neutral yet striking natural looks with golds,

MOUN TA IN W EDDINGS champagnes and mauve tones; loose curls with boho braids and floral hair pieces. I like to look at colors/styles that will accentuate your natural features to look AMAZING in photos but also blend with your wedding style and venue! How do you find the right Stylist for you? Word of mouth is huge, while you’re looking for your planners, venue and caterers ask the people in the industry for referrals! Chances are they’ve worked with someone in the area that come highly recommended! Now let’s talk about social media! People these days often find me on my instagram hunteranne_aesthetics. I tag things such as #coloradoweddings #naturalmakeup #weddinglooks #lessismore #organicbeauty #mineralmakeup etc. - This way when someone is looking for something specific, it will automatically pull up pictures with those keywords and locations I get many direct messages with questions and scheduling! Remember this is YOUR big day and you most definitely shouldn’t settle! Do your research! Book a trial! Don’t be afraid to let your stylist know what your not a fan of, or if you want to change something! I always tell my clients, “This is your day, you will not hurt my feelings if you want to change something, let’s make it perfect for you!”

TREATING YOURSELF AND YOUR BRIDAL PARTY by Cindy McDevitt Infinity Spa at the Grand Colorado


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Working with me for your big day is totally different than your typical Wedding Photographer. I will add in my landscape exper tise to create one of a kind por traits. Want to look like a mountain mermaid goddess? CHECK. Want the gorgeous night sky as your backdrop? CHECK. You could hire a regular wedding photographer and hope they don’t get intimidated by the crazy weather or rugged location. Or you can book me and KNOW there will be incredibleness happening BECAUSE of those elements.

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Located in Breckenridge’s premier resort, the Grand Colorado on Peak 8, Infinity Spa offers an escape within your escape. Wind down after a jam-packed day and start your journey in the calming oasis of the Relaxation Room. Then, indulge in one of Infinity’s signature treatments, some uniquely developed to reduce the effects of our high alpine environment. One example is the Muscle Relief Massage, which relieves areas of tension after a day of mountain activities and adventure. An oxygen infusion facial provides moisture, vitamins and antioxidants, alleviating the effects of the High Country climate. There are also body treatments including a luxurious Vichy hydrotherapy, organic body scrubs, mineral mud and hydration wraps, in addition to seasonal treatments. The spa utilizes natural skin and body care products featuring Colorado minerals, providing an exclusive mountain beauty experience. To finish your day of pampering, Infinity Spa’s restorative adults-only grotto has a hot tub, a cold plunge pool with a cascading waterfall, steam room, and sauna. Delight your senses, boost your spirit, and redeem faith in healing with the best treatments, natural products and caring practitioners. Infinity Spa is open every day to the public, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. All treatments include access to the adult-only grotto, Relaxation Room and private locker rooms. Monthly specials and discounts for groups of six or more are available for your wedding party. For more information and to request an appointment, call 970-547-8795 or go to

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by Katie Girtman Studio Kiva Wedding Photography

The one thing couples should always keep in mind with there wedding is to ask yourself ; What are the things you have after the wedding is over? In my mind you have the Memories of the people you shared it with, your rings, your dress, and your photographs you will have forever. So to me its so important you pick the right photographer for your wedding. The photographer ends up spending a lot of time with you and your spouse most of the day more than anyone else really. So its so important to pick a photographer that you both feel comfortable with and someone where you feel you can show your true personalities. What do i mean? You are free to act as who you really truly are. The photographer should be able to capture the photojournalistic style of showing you both as a couple when you are together. Such as capturing you both laughing together or sneaking a kiss. You should not have to feel as though everything needs to be posed unless you want it to. A true professional photographer will get great shots when the subject feels comfortable around them. You should be able to share with your photographer the type of photos your really looking for. You should be able to get a photographer that fits your style whether it is skiing down a mountain on your wedding day or simply a flair of dramatic shots in a beautiful scenery. But get the right photographer for you both. The photographer will be shadowing you with every move, so the more comfortable you feel the better the photos will turn out. How do you figure this out ahead of time? Meet the photographer in person over an interview or over skype. Plan an engagement shoot before booking an entire package. That way you can see there work as well as seeing how you and your spouse work with the photographer before the big day. Couple other things that are very important ; does the photographer have a lot of experience in shooting weddings? How long have they been doing this? Sometimes you also get what you pay for. Less expensive be aware if they are student wanting to get experience with your big day. Does your photographer have back up systems in place? Such as a backup camera, a back up photographer? How is the photographer backing up your images? Will you receive the rights to your images or is this a hidden fee after the fact? You need to get the post production details as well. Does your photographer shoot in raw or jpeg? You want them to shoot in raw so you have the ability to make big prints later if you choose for an example. Does the photographer do post production in the images or do they just shoot and hand over the images? Be aware of that because post production usually takes more time than actual shooting. You should not have to send a detailed shot list for the photographer but just a general timeline. The photographer should be able to go along with the flow and know the key shots you need to get after talking with you. Its also great to get testimonials from the photographer or word of mouth with others for a good photographer in that area. Someone who is close in location is key as well due to weather and understanding the locations to shoot nearby. Most important go into your big day stress free and have a blast!

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utside entertaining is cooling down and these warm weather cocktails will entice you spring, summer and into the cooler months of fall. Liquid Chef Billie Keithly whipped up some dazzling recipes from her Breckenridge Distillery recipe book that are great to make at home for your family and friends. Add some popping color to an evening of entertainment

Farmers Market Bourbon Smash (top right) 1-1/2oz Breckenridge Bourbon 1oz Teakoe black tea 1oz Orgeat Syrup 1/2oz Lemon juice 4-5 Blackberries Garnish: blackberries, a sprig of mint and powdered sugar. Double rocks or pebble ice

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HANNAH HOPKINS Steamboat Serendipity By Pepper Hamilton


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ou know when someone is passionate about what they do. They tend to have a lightness about them and exude a joyful enthusiasm that is contagious. Chef Hannah Hopkins is that effervescent entrepreneur. She is the Owner and Operations Manager of both Bésame and Mambo Italiano restaurants in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I had the opportunity to meet with Hannah recently to discuss her success in Steamboat Springs. Her story is a serendipitous one. You can call her an east coast foodie gone west. She began her career in New York building her namesake Hopkins Catering Company and then launching her first restaurant, Dish, in Mahopac, New York. Her reputation and talent as a chef grew landing her a spot on season three of the Food Network’s show Chopped and achieving a dedicated following of restaurant patrons. It was her husband however that serendipitously brought her talents to the Colorado mountain town of Steamboat Springs. While Hannah was attending to her labor’s of love her husband was dreaming of a life settled in the mountains. He began investigating the Western mountain job market and happened upon an opportunity in Steamboat Springs where he forwarded Hannah’s resume. It was received with much interest and the rest is history. Hopkins sold her companies and arrived in Steamboat Springs with her family in 2011 taking on the Executive Chef position at Mambo, a fabulous regional Italian restaurant that she proudly improved upon, later becoming co-owner and Operating Partner in 2015. Hannah then co-founded her third restaurant Bésame, a few blocks down on Lincoln Avenue. Bésame’s was a delicious addition to a thriving Steamboat restaurant scene. The sophisticated yet casual atmosphere imparts a warm Latin evening under the stars ambiance which is further complimented with fabulous cocktail selections and a menu filled with Latino flavor bombs. It is an establishment where Hannah has been able to fully share her love of food, wine, art, and music. We discussed achieving success, and she summed it up with what one of her old bosses told her, “you’re only as good as the people around you”. She is aware that much of her success is her own doing but also realizes that it is the people she has surrounded herself with, the most talented people she can find, that compliment her accomplishments. People have certainly noticed. The James Beard Foundation has chosen to host Hannah Hopkins and Bésame Executive Chef Joseph Campbell at the James Beard Foundation on September 26, 2019, in New York City. The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. There they will bring the mountains to the city and present their creative culinary talents, a deep honor and tribute to Hannah and Joseph’s success as chefs. It is an opportunity that this talented chef, Hannah Hopkins, is extremely proud of. We are excited for her to take her talents to this honorable institution. IS S UE 1 ● 2 01 9 75




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“Who are these mountain bikers making this fancy pizza in Fruita, CO?


his piece could be about Fruita- a town still finding its identity on the border of the dry desert and the tall mountains. It could be about pizza- perfection that is consistent with old school New Jersey values. It could also be about mountain biking- sweet and flowy singletrack that is certainly one definition of bliss. In actuality, all of these options are intertwined in what makes The Hot Tomato Pizzeria what it is, and Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller are the nucleus, defining what happens when two women follow their bliss and aren’t scared to take a chance. When Jen and Anne found Fruita, they discovered it through seeking a cheaper rent and a place to ride bikes. Jen raced professionally, while Anne guided mountain bike rides. They found a love in each other and then in 2002, a future in Fruita, CO when they took jobs

at Over the Edge, a popular bike shop in town. This wasn’t their end game, and originally, the thought they’d be here for a couple of years before moving on to other vistas to ride. In 2005, this mellow, yet fiery duo decided they wanted to introduce the West Slope to what pizza should actually taste like. Jen grew up in New Jersey, and like most New Jersey souls, had some opinions about pizza. In her Jersey days, you weren’t allowed to touch the pizza as a woman, you were either making salads, taking orders with a smile, or swaying your hips between tables delivering the goods. There was no room for this tradition at The Hot Tomato, and from the purchase of their first pizza oven, Jen and Anne were hands on in every decision and process. The stigma of 2 gay women who were also those pesky mountain bikers was real, and it was polarizing when they began. “Who are these mountain bikers making this fancy pizza” was an underlying question in many of the locals who knew a Fruita without a mountain biking culture, and possibly didn’t always welcome this “rough and tumble” bunch every fall and spring. Getting to this point was nothing short of intentional. Jen explains, “Before we even knew were going to do the Hot Tomato, we made a commitment to build relationships with people in the community. The perception of two gay female mountain bikers went away pretty quickly when what they saw was just two individuals that had a vision and were really hard workers.” Today The Hot Tomato is just as popular with the locals as it is with the tourists. This is something that is hard to achieve, and something Anne and Jen are proud of. “We knew going in that we were in a community that was either going to em-

brace us if we do this right, or they are going to shun us, and we couldn’t take that risk. We didn’t have a backup plan,” Anne remembers. When guests walk into The Hot Tomato, it’s quickly obvious how darn happy everyone is. Jen and Anne have worked hard to move their restaurant out of the traditional way of thinking to provide an inspirational and exciting place to work. “Gone are the hierarchal days of celebrity chefs yelling at people and throwing pans in the kitchen – it’s not cool, and it’s never been cool. It’s not being glorified anymore,” says Anne. Team members always say please, and in the occasional heated moment, it ends with a “hugging it out” session. In a traditionally male-dominated food service world, these two women have brought compassion, empathy, and happiness into an environment that often owns a negative connotation of getting your butt kicked, and that has made all the difference. These days you will find Jen and Anne on tour with their Patagonia sponsored film, “The Life of Pie,” and making efforts to help other entrepreneurs get their feet off the ground. Jen says, “I know for me personally, I’m really happy to see the way things have shifted, and I’m really glad I’m here. I want to continue to be here helping people do cool things. Our work has changed.” It’s taken passion and grit, and a lot of trial and error, but as Anne puts it, “We’ve always looked for those outliers that we can take inspiration from, and we gravitate towards that.” It’s impossible to sit on the patio at The Hot Tomato and not feel the intention and love that’s gone into every square foot. If we all gravitated to this level of authenticity and delight in our communities, there’s no doubt it would become apparent that life can really be this good. IS S UE 1 ● 2 01 9 7 7



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iggles Ice Cream began as one woman-owned business in 2011, making small-batch ice cream in a shared commercial kitchen for farmers’ markets, summer events, independent grocers, and restaurants. I remember meeting Anna Higgens when she was first starting the creamery. She was renting space in Silverthorne, Colorado. Through a friend, she had invited me in to check out her startup’s new flavors. It was so fun observing her passion for the ice cream business. She told me at that time that this had always been her

dream, she always wanted to make and sell ice cream. For the past 5 years, that thought stuck with me, why ice cream? We were chit-chatting about her ice cream sojourn from the last time we met as she and one of her associates were cutting up Cantalope for a handcrafted melon ice cream going on the menu. I brought up her why and delved into it a bit more. Before opening her original production shop, Anna had worked in environmental consulting and her days evaluating our mountain wetlands didn’t fill her

with much joy. During high school in Cambridge, Massachusetts she held a job at Steve’s Ice Cream shop. She loved the atmosphere and how the ice cream made everyone, including her, so happy. It was something she had always wanted to do. One day she put her Wellington Boots into the closet, the opportunity to follow that dream came with some money she inherited. Anna invested it in a course at Penn State University Creamery. There she learned the business of ice cream, from milk production to blending flavors and machines to assist in the process. It was her Ice Cream dream come true and a leap of faith that is paying off, one happy customer at a time. From her original, small commercial kitchen, she started small selling Ice Cream with her children from a mobile stand at Colorado farmers markets and a location in Silverthorne. For over five years now Anna has been churning out spectacular flavors both traditional and seasonal flavors alike. Honey Lavender, Pumpkin Pie, Peanut Butter & Banana, Nutella, Eggnog. You can make delicious ice cream with any flavor, fresh cream, and sugar. One flavor I missed trying but must experience is her Olathe Sweet Corn and Cream. She was shucking corn to get it started as we wrapped up our interview. Grab a cone, you’ll enjoy every flavor in her permanent shop now located at 100 N Main Street, Breckenridge. IS S UE 1 ● 2 01 9 7 9



By Anna Sitton

Power and Change Occur When Young Women Explore the Wild


s outdoor loving mountain women, we’ve all felt the growth that comes from pushing ourselves in the mountains. It’s not always easy, it’s often scary, and sometimes leaves you questioning why you’ve chosen this challenge of testing yourself against the elements. The growth that comes from this way of life is priceless, and there’s nothing else like it. Kristen Van Norman knows and believes in the power and change that can occur when women explore the wild. Her base is a B.A. in Political Science, a M.A. in International Human Rights with concentrations on Gender and International Law in the Middle East. She fostered this education in Kabul, Afghanistan with Ascend Athletics, a US based not-for-profit working to empower young women through mountaineering based leadership training. After seeing the power that can come from believing in woman and their potential for greatness on the other side of the world, Kristen began brainstorming options in her own community of Buena Vista, Colorado. ElevateHER was born in January of 2017 in Buena Vista, and now also has a Salida chapter. The program is for girls in 6th-12th grades and aims to build a strong and connected community by inspiring empathetic leadership and environmental stewardship in young women. Currently, the focuses ahead are standardizing curriculum by offering different scaffolded phases for outdoor skills, creating a Women’s Program to offer allwomen learning environment clinics, and an International capstone for graduating girls- an effort to open up the whole world beyond Colorado and to combat bigotry and discrimination. “Being together as women is just super powerful. I’ve seen how we’ve encouraged each other, how we talk to each other, and teach each other. I’ve already seen an effect. That’s what we want. We want the girls to be able to handle any difficult situation that comes their way.” Kristen hopes this program can expand to other communities, and a powerful ripple effect will be seen as adolescent girls find their grit and confidence. “If they all of the sudden can climb a 5’11 or guide a class IV rapid, awesome, but I want to see what it can do for them personally and mentally, and that’s our focus.”

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here is a community of Women empowering Women in Colorado that has grabbed our attention Women of Colorado. September marks two years since Michelle, the groups’ founder, kicked off a website and social media platform uniting women of all interests, abilities & backgrounds in Colorado (and beyond). Originally from Chicago, founder Michelle had a passion for Colorado’s wilderness and outdoors. Michele is an E-RYT 200 Professional Yoga Instructor, internationally published model, fashion stylist, musician and loves living an active lifestyle in each season. She once found it difficult to cultivate relationships with other women. It was when she moved to Colorado that she experienced encouragement and a judgment-free attitude of women during her outings in

and around the state. It was this attitude of acceptance that inspired her to unite others with the Women of Colorado platform. Today @womenofcolorado #womenofcolorado has a bevy of events, clinics, and outings for women to experience and learn together. From Backpacking to Climbing, painting, metalsmithing, even ax throwing. Women of Colorado provides all-inclusive weekend experiences with invigorating activities and a variety of retreats. Women of Colorado offers something for every woman to learn and connect. Women of Colorado has an active Ambassador program with a wide array of talented, empowered & connected women who unite others at the group’s events. Each ambassador develops their own vision, with their talents and interests to cultivate new experiences within the program. What started as a little group has grown in numbers and participation in every region of Colorado. Michelle founded Women of Colorado because of her strong belief that women should use their skills and stoke to spread knowledge among the female communities of outdoorswomen, athletes, and artists. Michelle works to share her vision of women’s empowerment with all that she comes into contact with. Women of Colorado provides a community of people brought together by their kindness, talents, and their drive to improve their environment and the lives of others. Be sure to check the groups’ website and Facebook page to join and participate.


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SILVERTHORNE, COLORADO Explore the heart of Summit County this summer and discover where art meets adventure. Bike along the Blue River or fly fish its gold medal waters, see a show at the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center or attend one of the signature First Friday events. Find your next adventure in Silverthorne!


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Dynamic fire art performances nightly. A Fire Ball at North America’s highest nightclub atop the ski mountain. Witness larger-than-life works of art, a flaming art car, fire dancers and other interactive, one-of-a-kind fire art installations. Plus, free workshops during the 5th annual Telluride Fire Festival. 501 c3 nonprofit organization

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The Colorado Adventure Center opened a Zip Line several years ago and has now added this very cool feature for both young and old to experience. The new aerial adventure park, Sky Trek, features over 55 unique obstacles set at three different heights (routes) for one to challenge themselves with. I arrived at the front desk and joined a group where we were escorted along the banks of beautiful Clear Creek to get set up into our harnesses, hard hat and receive instruction on how to attach our safety devices to stay safe on the course prior to heading up and out onto Sky Trek’s adventurous park.

YOGA Yoga is the perfect way to escape the crowds. Wether you want a private class, exerience meditation or some deep breathing, Yoga Centers can be found in every mountain town. Try Crested Butte, Telluride, Frisco, Breckenridge, Devil’s Thumb and Steamboat Springs. There are locations and events for everyone almost everywhere. Head to our website for suggestions www. Photo©Leslie Ross


This is a great season to get out for wade flyfishing as the drop in river and stream levels allow better access to the water. The Colorado, Blue, Yampa, Gunnison, Arkansas, Animas and Roaring Fork rivers all offer great fishing. Try Emerald Water Anglers in the Aspen Area, The Colorado Angler in Silverthorne, Gunnison River Fly Shop in Gunnison, Ark Anglers in Buena Vista or The San Juan Angler in Durango. Head to our website for more suggestions. Photo©Breckenridge Outfitters

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