Today marks the day of the #OMMcrewMicroadventure. Over the next several weeks myself, Kyle Vines, Kim Wilsom, Mitch Lex, Adrianne Eager, and Megan Hettwer, the amazing team that makes up OMM will each be embarking on our on microadventures.
Some of us will be embarking on solo missions, others traveling with our love by our sides. Some will be revisiting destinations that sparked our first passion for the outdoors and travel, others will be showing that just because you live in a city doesn’t mean your feet can’t take you to the mountains. Some will be walking, others biking, others cross country skiing.
The Beauty of a Microadventure: Microadventures let the traveler who isn’t traveling stay in touch with their wanderlust. They let you keep your day job and still explore uncharted territories of the world, in this case your own backyard. They let you accomplish something that will challenge you and test you and open your mind to and eyes to new sights and experiences. They aren’t expensive, you don’t need to fly across the world to do them, or pay thousands of dollars to make them happen. They are accessible in your own backyard, and all you need is to look just a bit out of the box to find one. But rather than explain it in detail, find out what our first few microadventures are today below:
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And a big thanks to Second Nature Adventures, whose motto, Dream.Explore.Discover, couldn’t be more in-line with OMM’s, for sponsoring this event.
Mitch Lex’s Microadventure: Relive A Hike That Started Your Passion
Hiking to the Colorado River
Mitch’s Outlook: Growing up in Flagstaff, Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park was my backyard and birthplace for my passion and love for backpacking and exploring the outdoors and all that it has to offer. For OMM’s first team Microadventure day, I will be returning to this gorgeous place to hike the Bright Angel trail-one of the first day hikes I completed in the canyon as a young child. It will be a trip of reminiscing and looking back on the years I spent wandering the rapids, trails, and unnamed canyons of this unique wonder. The canyon has always had a certain sense of wonder and magic to it. From the one-of-a-kind history to the unique geology and endless hiking trails, I have yet to explore a place quite like it, and my experiences and memories of the place will forever hold a special place in my mind.
I will set off on Friday morning out of Flagstaff and head 76 miles to the south rim of the canyon through pine forests and miles of desert landscape. From there, I will begin the 4,380 foot descent to the Colorado River by way of the Bright Angel Trail. Unlike bagging a peak, a hike in the canyon begins relatively easy with a gradual descent down, and finishes with the most difficult part-the climb out of the canyon. It will be a long day, but a most rewarding one for sure. I look forward to reliving one of my first and favorite hikes in the Grand Canyon!
Kyle & Kim’s Microadventure: Backpack From City Lights and Into the Mountains
From their downtown Denver apartment to Clear Creek Canyon
Kim’s Outlook: Over a year ago I packed up all my belongs to be closer to the mountains, to Denver, CO. This put me smack dab in the center of the city with a view of a parking lot in a 500 square foot apartment. Now I have the itch to get back to the reason I moved here; to be outside in the mountains. That’s why Kyle & I decided to walk right out of our back door and head west to Clear Creek Canyon. We will walk along only two roads to get to our destination. Highway 40 to Clear Creek Canyon Road (Highway 6). The two roads combined to a 21 mile stretch of microadventure that will take us by the Capitol of Colorado, Bronco’s home field, Colorado School of Mines and finally into Clear Creek Canyon Park.
Kyle’s Outlook: Living in Denver, Colorado has opened a whole new world of outdoor adventure. It is easy to walk out the door, take a quick car ride and find yourelf in the middle of majestic mountain vistas. For this adventure we are ditching the car.
The Colorado State Capital is literally steps away from my back door. It is not the best part of town, and I mean to escape. Kim and I will walk 21 miles, leaving the city and wandering into the Colorado wilderness. There, we will be wild camping for a night in Clear Creek Canyon.
I consider myself a seasoned novice. The need for experience, and not much else, drives me to explore new lands. This is what our Microadventure all is about.
We have only basic camping gear, a borrowed backpack, and an old pair of Converse All-Stars to carry us into the wild. Adventure is just steps away from where ever you may find yourself in the world and I intend to take those steps.
So, what will be your next microadventure? Be sure to let us know in the comments!
Stay tuned for more, as the rest of the crew embarks on their microadventures!