Ice climbing is quickly becoming winter's hottest adventure for women, and there's several reasons why women are taking on this exciting sport. Be it trying something new, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone or just making some new friends, checkout why we believe ice climbing is becoming so attractive for adventurous women in Colorado.
1. Check off your bucket list
Yep. This adventure earns you some serious bragging rights and epic stories to entertain your family and friends. When it seems that so much emphasis is put on collecting stuff, we at Vela are always for collecting memories. Trying something new is always exciting, but ticking off an adventure like ice climbing from your bucket list will give you a lifetime of memories.
2. Gain confidence, feel powerful
One of our real passions at Vela is to empower women by providing a safe, supportive and exciting platform to get you out of your comfort zone. When you challenge yourself, when you push your comfort level - you grow as a person. You are adding power, strength and confidence to your beautiful self to bloom and blossom. We get a serious high from watching women do something totally epic, like ice climbing, and then light up from within as a result.
3. Love winter
We live in Colorado. We spend a lot of time with winter. And, as Coloradans, we do a really good job of embracing the cold and snow. When chilly temps and ice are in our future for the next three or four months, let's take advantge of it. Ice climbing is literally giving winter a big ole' hug and there's no better way to live in the moment than to go vertical on some ice. Winter will go much faster for those of us who yearn for the sun when we try new adventures that you can only experience when its cold.
4. Make new friends & bond with the old
We have seen it so, so, so many times...women who adventure together stay together. We've had groups of complete strangers go rock climbing, zip lining, whitewater rafting and they come out the other side as true friends. Sharing an exciting, thrilling, challenging adventure creates a bond of friendship that few other experiences can provide. We support one another when the going gets tough, we are cheerleaders when self-doubt starts to creep in and we are there with big hugs or high-fives when you get off that rope. Ice climbing is the perfect way to make some new friends or strengthen bonds with old friends.
5. Use some cool tools
When you are ice climbing you are using some sweet, new tools you probably aren't using in your everyday life. That's right, ladies - you get to swing not one, but two axes into ice. You get to put crampons on your boots to kick into the ice. You are basically kicking and swinging sharp objects into a wall of ice, which is pretty awesome. Not to mention you are harnessed into a safety rope securely held by the professional ice climbing guide so you can safely utilize these cool tools.
There are so many reasons why women are jumping feet first into winter's hottest adventure. We at Vela Adventures hire certified, professional ice climbing companies to safely introduce us to this exciting sport. Don't miss out on all the benefits ice climbing offers! Book your ice climbing experience this January or February.
Holiday shopping, parties, family gatherings, baking, eating, drinking, hosting...exhausting. Just making the shopping list stresses me out. To offset the holiday craziness, I have been practicing taking pleasure and happiness in the simple, little things in life. And, as I know so many of you may be feeling the inevitable holiday stress, I wanted to share five teeny, easy ways to keep your sanity during this holiday season.
1. Plant a Garden
Yes, yes I know it's cold and snowy and icky out. But, I am talking about bringing some happy green stuff indoors. I love cute, delicate succulents and have been wanting to get some in our updated bathroom. So, with literally 30 minutes of time and $20, I created the cute planter you see in the picture. Every time I walk into our bathroom I feel happy and peaceful with this simple ode to the outdoors.
2. Take a Moment
Seriously. this sounds so easy but it can be really hard to stop and take some time to just sit and be still. Last Sunday, I cuddled up under a fuzzy blanket, slipped on my warmest slippers, popped open a can of La Croix and just sat on the couch (no TV, no music...just quiet). I was probably only there for about 10 minutes but it was truly therapeutic. I organized the thoughts running through my mind, I prioritized my To Do list and I felt a little more grounded and more appreciative of the season.
3. Treat Yourself
So, I was at Walgreens and happened upon these really cool "breathable" nail polishes. You don't need a base coat or top coat and they are supposed to be really good for your nails. Yay! It's the simple things, right? I get excited about buying a new nail polish and I feel happy doing my nails. During a season where you are worring about doing so much for other people, you should remember the most important person in your life...YOU!
Don't roll your eyes...I know what you are thinking. "How am I supposed to fit a workout in amongst the shopping, hosting, partying, eating, drinking, etc." You don't need an hour or even 30 minutes to get a good workout in, you can treat your body with a short, intense workout like this one designed by The Ash Fitness http://theashfitness.com/total-body-fitness-training-accountability/take-a-10-minute-recess/. Ashley DePaulis calls this a 10-minute recess and you will have more energy, more clarity and more endorphins pumping through your body, which = more happiness.
5. Do Good
There are plenty of opportunities to do some good this holiday season, right? Donate those warm coats that have been outgrown, adopt a family, find a local charity where you can donate an item or a little of your time. Putting some of your good juju in the world will ignite more light in your heart. One thing my family likes to do is to create these little care packages we keep in our car and hand out to the homeless when we are driving. Doing a little good can help us remember to appreciate the truly important things in life.
Vela is all about fun and adventure!