#EXPLOREMORE | Crested Butte, Colorado

 

Colorado mountainsA few weeks ago we celebrated Connor’s birthday by taking a weekend trip to the mountains. We packed the Jeep with camping gear, mountain bikes, and s’more provisions, fueled up with Starbucks iced lattes, and set out for our first destination: Hartman’s Rocks. This Gunnison trail system is one of our favorite places to mountain bike because of its flowy, fast trails with easy climbs and long descents.

We spent a few hours at Hartman’s and then made our way to Crested Butte. Upon arrival we ate orange dark chocolate ice cream at our favorite shop and then went in search of our campsite just outside of town. After settling in our spot right next to the river, we roasted brats over the fire (which took for.ev.errrr. because someone bought raw meat lol).

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In the morning we hopped back on our bikes for a ride that took us deep into the changing Aspens, finishing in town. If you ever visit Crested Butte, you must fuel up with caffeine at Camp 4 Coffee as well as pizza at The Secret Stash. That’s exactly what we did. We partied extra hard and got a pizza with french fries on it…PRAISE THE LORD! After our bellies were chock full of coffee and pizza, we biked some more, this time climbing back into the mountains and finishing at our campsite. Our legs were jelly by this point, so we cracked open some ice-cold Coconut La Croix (we don’t really drink so this is our version of a “cold one” haha) and soaked our tired muscles in the freezing river.

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When we visit Crested Butte we feel like we’re on a movie set or something. It’s a perfect little town with some of the BEST trails and views in Colorado. Each time we go, I make a little video about it using my iPhone (because it’s convenient and easy to carry while I’m biking). This year’s video was all shot on an iPhone SE without any external lenses. It obviously isn’t DSLR level, but I was pretty surprised with the quality. And I’m a firm believer that if you can’t make an entertaining video with an iPhone, you won’t be able to make one with a $6,000 DSLR or drone either. Story is king and gear is probably the last thing you should worry about. Anyway, for this video every frame was so beautiful and colorful that I decided to make it a kind of fluid Instagram feed, using popular adventure hashtags to inspire people to get outside. Hope you enjoy!

 

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