SLAYDIES:: Haley Kraus – Snowboarder & Nurse

SLAYDIES:: Haley Kraus – Snowboarder & Nurse

Given that her second time on a snowboard led to a broken wrist, it’s a wonder Haley Kraus ever made it back to the mountains at all. “I sat in the ski patrol shack [in Big Sky, Montana] for two hours. People just walking by, because my mom didn’t have any cell phone...
Rafting the Grand Canyon: A trip of a Lifetime

Rafting the Grand Canyon: A trip of a Lifetime

There is something so peaceful, but so high energy when you are living at the bottom of the largest canyon in the United States. For 16 days and boating over 220 miles, I found myself waking up to the sounds of rushing water echoing off the deep red canyon walls. The...
Start Your Hike by Saving a Life: Four Pass Loop

Start Your Hike by Saving a Life: Four Pass Loop

It was lucky we did, otherwise, Jameson might not be alive today. When I started planning my backpacking excursion in Colorado’s West Maroon Bells mountains I never expected to become the main character of a stranger’s best man’s speech. But my two...
Into the Mountains We Climb

Into the Mountains We Climb

I started snowboarding back in 1998. At eight years old I was gifted an electric orange, Oxygen Joker snowboard for Christmas. Little did I know as I hugged my first snowboard so ecstatically, it was going to pave out how I made all my major life decisions. From whom...
An Open Letter to the International Olympic Committee

An Open Letter to the International Olympic Committee

Dear International Olympic Committee, I have been an Olympics fan since childhood. I remember being eight years old, huddled close to the TV set, eyes locked on the screen as the women flipped, tumbled, and soared through their gymnastics routines at the 1988 summer...