May 1st Bear Peak climb

On the first day of May, I climbed Bear Peak (8459′ at the summit) with a friend during an epic snowstorm. It was the most wintery ascent I’ve ever done (of any mountain), and it happened in May. Boulder, I love you.

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Just a week later all that snow was gone and I was back up on Bear Peak on a beautiful, clear day that looked completely different.

Leah H. Before 8am

Leah is a traveling nurse, usually moving to a new location every 3 months. But she and her husband decided to stay in Denver after she had an assignment here, so they chose to keep living in their temporary housing until they found a house to buy. She says her living situation feels very temporary (although they’ve been in this temporary apartment for a year now, still with just minimal furniture), and because of that she almost didn’t want to do this photo session.

But then she decided that this was a time that she won’t be able to get back, that this is the home her daughter knows right now, and that she’d like to be able to look back on this once they move out. So at the time we took these photos, they were living in a high-rise in downtown Denver, with this view out their living room window. We did this shoot on one of Leah’s days off.

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Go check out what Leah says about her mornings today on the Denver Metro Moms Blog.

This week in photos | ending 4.30

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Photos from several hikes interspersed with two snowstorms at the end of April. It’s never boring in Boulder!

As of the end of April I had hiked 267 miles so far in 2016. I’ve been training for a 5-peak traverse (hiking Boulder’s five highest peaks from south to north) that’s coming up in two weeks. Can’t wait!