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& A D V E N TUR E EX PLOR A TION IN SEARCH OF SOLITUDE Prolific outdoor runner Michael Schneiter cruisess along the ridge of Capitol Peak on a brisk summer evening. The mountains act as the perfect escape from daily life. IGNORING THE NOISE OF LIFE Just above the saddle between Capitol Peak and Mount Daly, Michael Schneiter takes an evening run along the shapely yet majestic ridgeline to clear his head. “From an early age, I had this inexplicable feeling that I was born for the mountains,” Schneiter says. There’s something hard to describe about the allure and pull of the mountains. “Just this morning, I was on a trail run, and it struck me that there’s a definite silence,” he says, “a silence that seems to pervade the senses. And with it comes an ability to focus on the things around you.” Noticing things like wildflowers blooming along the trail and the way the sun casts its first rays of light over the horizon is something people often overlook when they get caught up in the loudness of life. Nature has a redemptive quality that triggers a meditative state of mind. “Whether it’s climbing, skiing or running, I feel like I can experience life in a different way,” he says. This cornfed Iowa native wears several different hats around town. Some know him as the owner of Glenwood Climbing Guides; others, as the cross country and climbing club coach or the social studies teacher at Glenwood Springs High School. Students in the Valley know him as the teacher at Colorado Mountain College, or perhaps as a worker at Aspen Alpine Guides leading hikes of the local 14ers and rock climbing on Independence Pass. In addition to all these outdoor-enthusiast dream jobs, Schneiter is a husband and father of three. One of Schneiter’s favorite summer outings is guiding clients up Capitol Peak. Located in the rugged Elk Mountains and the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness area, the hike has claimed several lives and is known by many to be the most difficult 14er in Colorado. As far as running goes, Schneiter has a long history, both in college and after graduation. He is now a Brooks-sponsored coach as part of its Inspire Daily team. Running after his passions in life, Schneiter epitomizes a life following your dream. “I got my job in Colorado in the fall of 2000, and I have loved every moment of what I consider living in paradise,” he says. Guided hikes from $295, Aspen Alpine Guides, 970.925.6618, aspenalpine.com –Shannon Asher PHOTO BY DAVID CLIFFORD

Exploration & Adventure Spotlight

IGNORING THE NOISE OF LIFE Just above the saddle between Capitol Peak and Mount Daly, Michael Schneiter takes an evening run along the shapely yet majestic ridgeline to clear his head. “From an early age, I had this inexplicable feeling that I was born for the mountains,” Schneiter says.

There’s something hard to describe about the allure and pull of the mountains. “Just this morning, I was on a trail run, and it struck me that there’s a definite silence,” he says, “a silence that seems to pervade the senses. And with it comes an ability to focus on the things around you.”

Noticing things like wildflowers blooming along the trail and the way the sun casts its first rays of light over the horizon is something people often overlook when they get caught up in the loudness of life. Nature has a redemptive quality that triggers a meditative state of mind. “Whether it’s climbing, skiing or running, I feel like I can experience life in a different way,” he says.

This cornfed Iowa native wears several different hats around town. Some know him as the owner of Glenwood Climbing Guides; others, as the cross country and climbing club coach or the social studies teacher at Glenwood Springs High School. Students in the Valley know him as the teacher at Colorado Mountain College, or perhaps as a worker at Aspen Alpine Guides leading hikes of the local 14ers and rock climbing on Independence Pass. In addition to all these outdoor-enthusiast dream jobs, Schneiter is a husband and father of three.

One of Schneiter’s favorite summer outings is guiding clients up Capitol Peak. Located in the rugged Elk Mountains and the Maroon Bells- Snowmass Wilderness area, the hike has claimed several lives and is known by many to be the most difficult 14er in Colorado. As far as running goes, Schneiter has a long history, both in college and after graduation. He is now a Brooks-sponsored coach as part of its Inspire Daily team.

Running after his passions in life, Schneiter epitomizes a life following your dream. “I got my job in Colorado in the fall of 2000, and I have loved every moment of what I consider living in paradise,” he says. Guided hikes from $295, Aspen Alpine Guides, 970.925.6618, aspenalpine.com –Shannon Asher

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