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Fires be Done

July 06, 2018 - Fires be Done The smell of soot, tiny particulates as light as the air rising from burning pine and scrub oak, carried...
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Life Changes

June 22, 2018 - Life Changes Some things, no matter how crazy, are the right things to do. I put in my resignation at work a couple wee...
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Sleeping Pad Reviews

June 11, 2018 - Sleeping Pads Review There is hardly anything that is more of a game changer on a backpacking trip than a good night’s...
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Happy Trails – My Reason for Hiking the Colorado Trail

February 21, 2018 - Happy Trails – My Reason for Hiking the Colorado Trail I’m seriously considering quitting my job to spend 40 days on th...
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Colorado Trail Gear List

December 23, 2017 - Colorado Trail Gear List It's December 2017. My ambition is to hike the Colorado Trail in July-August 2018. It's not to...
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A Tour of Jones Park - Then and Now

December 10, 2017 - A Tour of Jones Park - Then and Now Before there was Barr’s Trail, the Cog Railway, or the highway up to Pikes Peak t...
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Mount Rosa and ol' Zeb

October 23, 2017 - Mount Rosa and ol' Zeb The year is 1806. An ambitious 27-year-old Zebulon Pike (Zeb) under the command of Army General...
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Sky Pond – Not a Bad Hike

September 30, 2017 - Sky Pond – Not a Bad Hike “I’ve never had a bad hike.” Laura’s words were met with consent from Anne and I. We remini...
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Blue Lakes, Come Fill Up My Senses

September 03, 2017 - Blue Lakes, Come Fill Up My Senses This year I purposely planned hikes into alpine lakes. I couldn’t bare another yea...
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Uncompahgre and Senseless Bugs

September 02, 2017 - Uncompahgre and Senseless Bugs Splat! Another bug liquefied on the windshield. I wonder what that bug was thinking. C...
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Missouri and Fancy Pass Loop (a story of second best options)

August 12, 2017 - Missouri and Fancy Pass Loop (a story of second best options) “We’re out of Jolly Roger,” my usual waitress at Eddy L...
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The Elberts

July 19, 2017 - The Elberts If we take away all that confines us to discover the most natural state of mankind we would find the spec...
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South Loop Lost Creek

July 03, 2017 - South Loop Lost Creek OK, imagine you are an outdoor enthusiast. If I invited you to hike a National Nature Landmark… o...
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Rich and Rough Loop

June 26, 2017 - Rich and Rough Loop “Backpacking the Rich Creek and Rough and Tumbling Creek Loop Hike in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness...
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Catamount – Thomas – Kirkpatrick - Crystal Trails Loop

May 07, 2017 - Catamount – Thomas – Kirkpatrick - Crystal Trails Loop Green Mountain Falls, Colorado is described as a statutory town...
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Winter Hiking – My Almost Favorite Time of Year to Get Out

February 05, 2017 - Winter Hiking – My Almost Favorite Time of Year to Get Out I enjoy winter hiking maybe more than I do any other time of...
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Frenchman to Columbia

October 22, 2016 - Frenchman to Columbia I am of French descent. And so how fitting is it that I would take the Frenchman Creek route on...
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An October Trek up Mount Harvard - the 370th Tallest Peak in the World

October 08, 2016 - An October Trek up Mount Harvard - the 370th Tallest Peak in the World Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada of California...
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Buffalo Peaks Will Have to Wait

September 04, 2016 - Buffalo Peaks Will Have to Wait I am now fairly confident that when faced with the option of running or getting out of...
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Little Brown Creek – the Great Mount Antero Experience

August 20, 2016 - Little Brown Creek – The Great Mount Antero Experience I met a young couple at the intersection of the Colorado Trail a...
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Missouri Lakes Trail - All the Best of Colorado

July 30, 2016 - Missouri Lakes Trail - All the Best of Colorado There are 15 national forests contained within Colorado and portions of...
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A Sign of Destiny: Mount of the Holy Cross

July 16, 2016 - A Sign of Destiny: Mount of the Holy Cross It’s the late 1800s. Wondrous rumors of the Colorado mountains are circulati...
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Rock Hoppin' Good Time

June 27, 2016 - Rock Hoppin' Good Time Chalk Mountain sounds a little wimpy, weak even. Not for this reason, but in the late 1800’s sur...
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Grays and Torreys Better than Expected

June 18, 2016 - Grays and Torreys Better than Expected Crowds on the highway, at work, at the store – anywhere except in nature, no cro...
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Eat the Frog – The Boulder Skyline Traverse

June 07, 2016 - Eat the Frog – The Boulder Skyline Traverse The witty French writer Nicolas Chamfort was one to schmooze with the high...
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Links to Hiking and Backpacking Websites

May 14, 2016 - Links to Hiking and Backpacking Websites Of course, we all know the Interweb is mighty in knowledge and information. An...
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Indian Peaks Earthing, It's Personal

November 14, 2015 - Indian Peaks Earthing, It's Personal Hiking is personal. The reasons we do this. The company we choose. The way we trea...
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Death Chute into Rock Glacier

October 03, 2015 - Death Chute into Rock Glacier Fall is the best time of year. It’s especially nice to be on top of a Colorado 14er in th...
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The Greater Sister - Tabeguache

September 23, 2015 - The Greater Sister - Tabeguache The sister peak to Mount Shavano is Tabeguache Peak. It is the shy sister. From all com...
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Natives, Sheep, and Sharing Chapstick

September 12, 2015 - Natives, Sheep, and Sharing Chapstick I couldn’t find anyone to go with me to summit Mount Shavano. The peak is part of...
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Devil in Them Hills

August 22, 2015 - Devil in Them Hills As I was planning my hike for this weekend I recalled that in May of this year I had a failed att...
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The Narrows - LaPlata Peak via the SW ridge

August 02, 2015 - The Narrows - LaPlata Peak via the SW ridge “ The Narrows pizza to go please and a pint of your pale ale,” I responded...
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A Massive Story

July 19, 2015 - A Massive Story Last summer I summited Mount Elbert, the tallest peak in Colorado. One would think that on this summit...
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A Peace of Huron

June 21, 2015 - A Peace of Huron Peace: rest for the soul. The sound of wind through the trees or a rushing stream, a field of wildflow...
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My Sweet Rosa

April 25, 2015 - My Sweet Rosa There’s nothing like a good bought of physical exertion to clear the head. That’s what I set out to do...
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Silver Trail

April 04, 2015 - Silver Trail It’s a two and a half hour drive from the house to the La Plata trailhead and an 1800 foot elevation gai...
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Destination Horsethief

March 14, 2015 - Destination Horsethief The bed felt so good this morning when I opened my eyes at 5am. I had decided the day before t...
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The Crags

March 08, 2015 - The Crags "The Crags" sounds like something you might want to stay away from; but in this case, not true. Near Divide...
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In a Winter Quandary

January 10, 2015 - In a Winter Quandary The story goes that in the 1860s some miners had found some minerals they couldn't identify. The...
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Missouri Mountain and Jeeps

September 06, 2014 - Missouri Mountain and Jeeps Colorado Highway 285/24 through the Arkansas River Valley is a route that has become etch...
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Beginning in New Bedford

June 28, 2014 - Beginning in New Bedford The story begins in New Bedford, Massachusetts. In 1831, a young German boy named Albert becam...
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The Pride of Monument: Mount Herman

September 22, 2013 - The Pride of Monument: Mount Herman The Palmer Divide defines the geographical separation between Colorado Springs and...
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The Barr Trail

September 22, 2012 - The Barr Trail The original 1893 version goes like this: For purple mountain majesties. Above the enameled plain! The...
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