Editor’s note: As we continue our adventure issue into July, we continue exploring adventure topics throughout the month, including profiles of Boulderites and their adventures in this “My Boulder Adventure” series.
A data engineer, climber, scrambler and backcountry skier, Annie moved to Boulder from Bozeman, Montana, three years ago.
“Adventure is how I learn more about myself by challenging myself mentally and physically,” Annie tells BLDRfly. “It’s also my favorite way to connect with others and learn more about the world around me.”
While Annie enjoys many flavors of adventure, the “Quinfecta” of summer of 2019 — climbing all five Flatirons in one day — remains her most epic. It took her about seven hours!
To feed her regular local adventure appetite, Annie follows the magnetic pull of Eldorado Canyon, a first Flatiron scrambling lap (where she holds the female speed record!), or a rollerblading tour of town via the bike paths — preferably ending with a beer at Southern Sun or Mountain Sun!
A Boulder native, Boulder High and CU graduate, Kevin Meyer works as a local hiking guide with Cairn Outdoor Guides and Boulder Backcountry Guides, as well as at IBM.
Kevin’s hiking experience in the mountains above Boulder started at age 12 with the Boys Scouts.
Now, every year he sets different physical goals for himself — whether hiking or running up Bear Peak 100 times over nine months, as he did in 2017, completing 20 Skyline traverse treks in 2018 or running up Green Mountain 100 times in 2019.
“My biggest adventure in Boulder would have to be my 100 Bear Summits in 2017,” Kevin tells BLDRfly.
His favorite frequent local adventure, the 16.5-mile Boulder Skyline Traverse, tests him mentally and physically every time, he says.
As a guide, he loves taking clients to Boulder’s peaks and helping them experience what the local mountains offer.
“To me, adventure means never closing yourself off,” says Danielle. “Being vulnerable, unafraid to be yourself, staying curious, honoring the dark as much as the light…challenging your fears in both the internal and external with room to expand.”
Danielle’s biggest adventure since moving to Boulder involves the adventure of painting in public, so far painting a big wall for Street Wise Arts + Downtown Boulder Partnership with Core Spaces, to spread awareness and compassion during Covid.
Art in public places brings expression and unity to our communities: the spaces that welcome all to stimulate dialogue and encourage the long-term flourishing of the social and natural environments in which we live.
Located at the old Liquor Mart on 15th and Canyon, her latest work, titled “Breaking it up – a purification” (a new earth), resides alongside three other murals from different artists.
“The actual process for me is the adventure,” says Danielle. “The experience, the scale, the challenge, technique, plotting your next painterly move, the adrenaline, the meditation, and the people you meet as it unfolds daily.”
To Danielle, the act of painting fulfills the heart, body and spirit; for those who encounter the mural, the adventure lays in discovery.
When she’s not painting, another way Danielle finds adventure in Boulder to unwind and inspire new work are bike rides, especially sunset bike rides in the evening. One of her favorite paths takes her to the Boulder Reservoir and another to the town of Marshall from South Boulder.
“I love the rolling curvy paths and whimsical feel,” says Danielle, who frequently explores Boulder through all of its different, connected bike paths. “It’s in the simplistic things you can find adventure.”
We can see how these movements, colors and lines come to life in her art!
Header image: Annie running the Fourth of July pass. Image: Annie Weinmann.