To My Fellow Weekend Warriors

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Lynne Petre

If you look around the Internet with keywords like ‘outdoor’ and ‘adventure’, you’re likely to find photos of vans converted into tiny living spaces, digital nomads taking their life on the road to roam. There are beautiful photos in epic, remote locations and it’s easy to get swept up and think that if you can’t find that level of adventure, it’s not a real adventure. 

 

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Carefully crossing the knife edge on Kelso Ridge (Torrey’s Peak).

 

But I beg to differ. Weekend adventures can be just as exciting, just as inspiring, just as impactful and bonus! at the end of the trip, there’s a warm bed to return home to. 

Sure, planning weekend adventures takes extra effort – there’s limited time so how best can you maximize it? – but it makes the payoff that much sweeter. Some of my best weekends have been when I’ve packed my gear and loaded the car on a Thursday night, carpooled out to a trailhead Friday at 5p and spend the next 40+ hours breathing the wild air around me. On those weekends, I’ve climbed pitches that scared the crap out of me, I’ve slept under the stars, I’ve trekked through downpours, I’ve summited mountains and paddle boarded on alpine lakes. I’ve found myself on remote trails and less-than-remote trails but I’ve found myself outside all the same. And on Sunday nights, I return home, smelling like an awful mix of campfire, sweat and exhaustion, ready for a shower and to snuggle into my real bed with a dopey smile on my face as I gear up for the work week ahead.

 

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Back at camp, safe and sound, and snuggling in the sleeping bag.

 

To me, what’s really inspiring about weekend warriors is the drive to fit outdoor adventure into a life full of competing priorities. Balancing a busy job, a spouse and family, pets, friends, things that need to be done around the house with finding time to hit the trail, recharge is so hard to do but is oh so worth it. A good friend plans to hike the Colorado Trail – on her weekends before her 30th birthday. Nearly 500 miles of hiking! No matter how you slice it, this will be one badass weekend accomplishment. Inspiring? Heck, yes! 

Regardless of the size, we should celebrate the adventure of getting outside all the same. Maybe it’s a 3 mile hike a few miles from home, maybe it’s learning to cross-country ski, maybe it’s winter camping or maybe it’s a mountain summit; however you spend your weekend, let’s celebrate that we formed a plan, executed on that plan and made it home in time for dinner Sunday night, ready to tackle Monday like a true weekend warrior. 

 

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Remember, it is always about having fun when in the mountains!
Lynne Petre

Lynne Petre

Lynne is an early 30s gal who spends her weekends seeking out trail time in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. A perpetual learner, she’s explored trails for running, rock/ice climbing, hiking and fallen in true love with trails that take her backpacking and skiing. Off the trail, she’s works at a high-growth tech company based in Denver, CO, and is happy to swap adventure stories over a cold IPA.

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2 thoughts on “To My Fellow Weekend Warriors”

  1. ftr, you’re incredibly skilled at pulling off epic weekend warrior adventures! the fact you truly value your down time comes into play + is greatly appreciated by everyone who gets to tag along with ya!

  2. You are so right, Lynne! It’s so easy to fall into the “poor pitiful me” trap when I see all the great adventures happening while I’m deep in the trenches-especially since I live so far away from the mountains! But it does make the times I can get out and play all the sweeter!

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