BOULDER & DENVER
Pleasant, small, and perfect for anyone looking for a job in the outdoor's industry. With an abundance of outdoor supply stores, more ski-resorts than one can imagine, and a fair amount of production companies such as Sender Films, the town is teeming with active enthusiasts. The climbing is endless. Much like any college town or small city, commodities can be costly, traffic can be difficult, but there are plenty of young, like-minded individuals who are fond of the great outdoors.
There's endless amounts of picturesque hiking and trail running, multiple crags within Boulder itself, not to mention other climbing destinations such as Rifle just a few short hours away. No further than 6 miles of our stay, were the Flat Irons. So if you're feelin' adventurous, strap on those shoes tight and make quickly with your less than ideal approach until your heart's content.
Our host, Devyn, and her four lovely female roommates have been extremely hospitable and have made our stay wonderful. We took up residency downstairs and did our best to be the most spectacular guests possible; Ben cooking up breakfast and dinner, while I cleaned any dishes that made their way into the sink.
If you're wondering where one might be able to climb ultra-classics while in Boulder, your best bet would be Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, CO. Though the approach to the Lower Chaos crag is an hour uphill hike through snow with an elevation gain of 2000 ft., the views and climbs make it well worth it. After nearly 5 days, we eventually moved onto Denver to meet our friends who've just flown into town, where we spent the past few days enjoying what the city of Denver had to offer; which really means we went in search of climbing and found it at the Dog House crag at Clear Creek Canyon and bouldering in Morrison.
Over the course of this trip, Ben and I have developed a preference for small towns and rural areas in comparison to large cities. However, it's a nice change of pace and quality of food. Since arriving, Ben and I have been constantly gorging on amazing Vietnamese food. If you're in Denver and wondering what you should eat, go to Pho Duy. It's an absolutely amazing Pho restaurant with large portions and affordable prices. If you want great homemade smoothies, be sure to drop by Twisted Smoothie, and if sandwiches are on your mind, look no further than Snarf's. (I recommend the Hot Dog 7inch sandwich with no cheese or mayo.)
Once our friends leave, we'll be headed to Carbondale and Rifle for the remainder of the month to work on a photoshoot. There we will remain until the International Climber's Festival in Lander, WY.