Boulder Hike - Fitness & Health Bloggers Conference

I recently attended the 2012 Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference in Denver, Colorado. It included an amazing Hike in Boulder, courtesy of goodnessknows. They sponsored the whole day excursion, which was an amazing highlight of the conference.

Flatiron Mountain, Boulder

They provided us with lots of goodies for the day. Their delicious fruit, nut and chocolate squares gave us the energy and nutrition needed. A water bottle to keep hydrated, and a yoga mat at the end of the hike, as the conclusion of the day was a relaxing yoga class courtesy of Breath Yoga.

There were about 27 of us bloggers who went on the hike. I got to meet some incredible fitness and health enthusiasts along the way.

Health and Fitness Bloggers

The hike began in Chautauqua Park, Boulder, which leads you up to the Flatiron Mountains, up to the Royal Arch at the top.

The Flatiron Mountains got their name by pioneer women who said they looked like flat, metal irons used to iron their clothes.

The round trip length was 3.2 miles, reaching an elevation level of 6,915 feet above sea level. The skill level of the hike was considered moderate and strenuous.

I'm always up for a challenge, so this hike was something I was definitely looking forward to. The fact that I come from sea level altitudes was a concern, as I was worried that Denver's high elevation would affect my breathing and oxygen level, especially hiking up a mountain.

As I started the hike, my body had to adjust to the altitude, so I was out of breathe at first, and needed to take lots of breaks. It was great that there were so many trees along the way, so I had lots of shade to cool off. That was helpful, as it was a hot sunny day.

It was quite a work out climbing up. It's kind of like walking uphill and climbing up stairs that were formed by rocks.

Before you reach the top, there was a steep rock-stair section that was the toughest part, other than that the rest of the hike was pretty straightforward.

I past by a lot of dogs along the way, most of them were dehydrated and wanted water.I kept going and going, and was excited to reach the Royal Arch at the top and see the breathtaking view of east Boulder. The elevation gain was 1200 feet up to the top.

The Royal Arch made of sand stone was formed and sculpted by water, wind and mechanical erosion.

view from Royal Arch, Boulder

I absolutely loved it when I reached the top. The view was outstanding, and the air seemed so fresh. I honestly didn't want to come down. It was so peaceful and incredible and well worth the sweat. Sitting on the smooth sun drenched rocks beneath the Royal Arch was definitely the highlight of my trip to Denver. I would highly recommend it.

Thank goodness I had my camera to capture such outstanding scenery all formed by nature.

Boulder Hike VIDEO - Fitness & Health Bloggers Conference
VIDEO - This day excursion hike in Boulder was part of the Conference. Sitting on the smooth sun drenched rocks beneath the Royal Arch was the highlight of my trip to Denver.
Fitness & Health Bloggers Conference 2012 - VIDEO
VIDEO - It was an amazing trip. I got to hike up the Royal Arch, Flatiron Hills in Boulder, as a pre-conference excursion.

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