Mountain Swings, Thanks to #AspenSwingProject

Joseph Phillips |
One of the many swings around Aspen, CO. Photo: Aspen Trail Finder

A few spots around the ski town of Aspen, Colorado got a special gift. Random swings have been popping up in the forests that surround the city, and nobody knows who’s doing it. Several swings, covered in a deep-red coating of paint, dot trails around Aspen. The only clue about them is the etching in each swing: #AspenSwingProject.

After the project was mentioned in the Aspen Sojourner Magazine, the creator reached out. Preferring anonymity, he, like many others, came to Aspen for a long weekend and just never left. When asked about the beginnings of the project, he responded:

“I didn’t ever think it was going to turn into a thing. I just randomly thought about how I hadn’t been on a swing in awhile and that doing this—it would give everyone who finds them this happy moment to relive their childhood.”

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One of the many swings of #AspenSwingProject, with Aspen Mountain Ski Resort visible in the distance. Photo: Aspen Sojourner

Thanks to social media and the hashtag, it is easy to follow the joy that the swings bring. It’s hard to see a swing on the side of a trail and NOT give it a try. The only downside, he explains, is a couple of swings have been taken down. He believes the ones were removed that were too accessible and wants to continue to put them farther out in the wild.

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Collage created using many hashtagged pics! Photo: SnowBrains

There are currently 5 known swings, with more hopefully on the way. Keep posting about them and hopefully, the creator will keep at it!

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