For those not familiar, can you talk about what you’re doing with your 14er project and where your progress is at?
Oh, man. It feels like a million years since we started this project. The goal is to be the first woman to splitboard all of Colorado's fifty-four plus fourteen-thousand-foot peaks. Between bad winters, bad avy conditions, pandemics, and new careers we are now five years deep and two peaks away from completing the project. Our only peak worth mentioning left is Capitol, which ironically is in our backyard. I look at it every day on my commute to work. It's a hefty mountain with a shitty line. The standard route is basically a gnarly climb to a few committing no-fall turns to a goofy footer toe side traverse over insanely steep terrain above a three or four-hundred-foot cliff. I mean, I guess I’ve found other stuff to do…. In all seriousness, we’ve attempted the peak twice (It's twenty miles round trip). and because of how gnarly it is, I guess we just haven’t done it. Basically, there's not a ton to say about it, besides we have to get that shit done so we can move on with our lives.
I can’t believe I wasted so many summers not just working some badass hard freakin job! I work out at work! Paid to get Fit! Why wouldn’t you!?
Epic segue moment, splitboarding in Colorado at elevation is hard work. I don’t think you’re a big gym person, but are you doing anything that helps keep you in shape for the splitboard season?
When I was a professional snowboarder, fall was the time to hit the gym. I have a gardening company now and I have absolutely no need for a gym, although Yoga is a must! I can’t believe I wasted so many summers not just working some badass hard freakin job! I work out at work! Paid to get Fit! Why Wouldn’t you!? My favorite days are big install days at twelve thousand feet elevation: carrying fifty-pound bags of Mexican Pebble Stone from the truck to some mansion backyard, cleaning up downed trees, transporting two-hundred-pound flats of flowers, planting seven-gallon trees, hauling buckets of compost, and digging giant holes - you get it, it's hard work. The real key is to make sure you’re working twelve-hour days too, that's how you build the stamina. Then treat yourself to some hot yoga on Saturday, but make sure it's not the soft teacher but the one with all the abs cause he’s gonna get you some of those abs too! Ab workouts are the best thing I think you could probably ever do for your back so I’m obsessed with ab workouts.