Art and Adventure


Created: Friday, September 14, 2018 1:48 pmUpdated: Monday, October 1, 2018 6:06 pm

Meet artist, endurance athlete and dirt bagging fun-hawg Hannah Green, a soft spoken creative young woman who takes word class detours from her bucket-list adventures and thinks about art along the way.

“The sage-covered hillsides and ribbons of dirt road that seemed to eternally unfold in front of me, not to mention the beautiful sunsets burning red from the haze of wildfire smoke and a full moon. The days were long, and much like art, had me questioning everything.” Continental Divide Trail.

Hannah Green has created a stir: While hiking the 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail from Mexico to Canada, she detoured for Nolan’s 14, where ambitious runners have 60 hours to summit 14 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains. She thought of it a week before.

We chatted with Green about art, adventure and how she hates planning more than anything.

Photos and artwork by Hannah Green

On being outside:

I’m finding that longer, solo adventures are more rewarding because I can’t rely on anyone but myself to get from point a to point b— a fact that holds true in everyday life too. I’ve lost some close people in my life, namely my mom, and I recognize that life is too short to wait to do anything you’re passionate about. You just have to go for it. Whatever “it” is.

Green grabs a much needed nap after Nolan’s 14.

On inspiration:

My ideas for art come from other artists. Both historic and contemporary, from all mediums from music to science, painting to film. I also like to read which I think brings ideas because it brings you into someone else’s head. My dad is also an artist and can talk for hours about any idea I might have or he’ll point me to someone to look at for ideas.

“For a while I viewed my art as separate from my adventures despite everything having an undertone related to the outdoors. But now I realize that being outside and working my way through an adventure I’ve planned is as much a mode of self-expression as any photograph I am making.”

On why art is important:

It forces me to see, not just look. It forces me to think differently. Instead of saying something is nice or pretty or you like it, art gets you to ask why? It asks questions that there might not be answers for or create new ones people haven’t thought of.

On being a mess:

I’m horribly disorganized and I hate planning anything. As a result, many of my adventures are done pretty spontaneously. I only decided to do the CDT about a month before I started, and then Nolan’s 14 was a decision I made only a week before going for it.


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