5 Reasons even Surfers should get out to the Mountains with Reef
Adventure Seeker Anna Ehrgott
Why would a surfer go inland? I wondered as I drove another 14 hours
east from the Sierras. I had already begun missing salt water as I
crossed Nevada and Utah, but as soon as I drove through the first high
altitude mountain pass into Southern Colorado, I knew I was somewhere
special. I rarely leave the coast for more than a few days, but
something about the idea of a week in the mountains enticed me. I met
up with photographer Alec McKeand who spends just about every single
day hiking and photographing the San Juan Mountains, and I discovered
why sometimes getting out to the mountains is almost as good as
1. Hiking through the forests around Durango and Silverton, the
overhead aspen trees dropped red, orange and yellow leaves, coating us
with “autumn vibes.”
2. We got a bit of tunnel vision from the depths of a cave behind a
thundering waterfall and trekked up peaks high enough to be forced to
gasp from the lack of oxygen, a feeling that mimicked emerging after
being held under a set wave.
3. As we drove around the state I saw parallels in pulling up at
crowded trailheads and trying to find those secret lakes… not unlike
surf spots. Finding those empty spots mimicked the feeling of scoring
empty right points.
4. Being immersed in completely new surroundings, crossing paths
with a pitbull-sized porcupine, feeling small at the base of towering
snow-capped peaks, and discovering unfamiliar land refreshed my love
of travel and nature in a way that sticking to the coast could never have.
5. Hiking, camping, and exploring means being able to wear some
solid gear, including my winter jackets and Reef Swellular Hi Boots.