The Buffalo River Trail needs your help

For the last several years construction of a part of the Buffalo River Trail east of Tyler Bend has been stymied by an old obstacle known as “The Roberts Tract”.  This is a 56-acre parcel that for various reasons was not purchased outright by the National Park Service when the Buffalo National River was formed.  Instead, NPS basically settled for a scenic easement that restricts what the owners can do with it but does not permit public access and therefore, no hiking trail.

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Grays and Torreys Peaks

Grays Peak (14278′) is the 10th highest peak in the Rocky Mountains and along with neighboring Torreys Peak (14274′), is a very popular destination.  RC and I were fresh from the Never Summer Wilderness trip with 3+ days of altitude-acclimation and figured that was a pretty good warm-up for climbing a 14er or two.  RC has climbed many 14ers but not Grays nor Torreys.  I tried Huron 6? years ago and failed, but learned some stuff.

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Never Summer Wilderness – Baker Gulch, Parika Lake

Colorado’s Never Summer Wilderness borders Rocky Mountain National Park on the west.  7 of us did a 2-night trip along the Baker Creek, Baker Gulch, and Parika Lake trails.  Highlights included great scenery, mostly-good weather, wildflowers, more moose than any of us had seen before, and a bear!

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Marmot Fortress 2P tent

Another new tent, this Marmot Fortress 2P is intended (by me) for “front country” use – a.k.a. car camping.  I’ve used a Marmot Early Light 2P for several years in this role.  It was my first backpacking tent but I quickly realized it was way too big and heavy for that.  The Early Light’s fatal flaw is that it has 2 transparent windows in the fly.  After 7 years the adhesive failed and the windows started detaching and leaking.  I reglued them but have no confidence it will hold so I think it’s time to retire that one.

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Leave No Trace

Today I joined the ranks of Leave No Trace (LNT) Master Educators. I graduated with 8 others from a 5-day course conducted at the Steel Creek area of Buffalo National River (BNR) by 2 trainers from the Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor Ethics.  The cost of this training is typically in the $650-900 range but a grant from the Walton Family Foundation covered all our costs so that is greatly appreciated by all.

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No more advertising!

Since starting this web site almost 7 (!) years ago, I’ve used WordPress’ free service
where they run ads to offset at least some of their cost.  For about 15 years I’ve used Privoxy to eliminate most advertising and tracking stuff while browsing.  I recently saw what my site looks like to the rest of the world  – without Privoxy – and was a bit shocked at how intrusive the ads could be.

I’ve now upgraded to a paid-for service level that eliminates the advertising. I’m sorry it took so long.

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OHT Stack Rock Reroute

Construction of a 1-mile reroute around the May ’17 landslide near mile 152 of the Ozark Highlands Trail is nearly complete – close enough that a detour is no longer needed.

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Tarptent Notch

The Tarptent Notch has been at the top of my “If I Had To Buy A Tent Today” list for several years but there is nothing really wrong with my 6-year-old Big Agnes Copper Spur so it has been hard to justify the expense.  Fortunately, the urge to splurge finally overcame fiscal responsibility and I now have a brand new Notch.

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OHTA Lopsterfest ’17

A group of 6 maintainers of the Ozark Highlands Trail gathered at the Woolum Rec Area on the Buffalo River for Lopsterfest ’17 – good fun, good food, custom t-shirts, and a chance to give our loppers a good workout.

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Upper Buffalo Wilderness

It’s hard to believe it has been four years since my first visit.  This weekend I finally made it back to the Upper Buffalo Wilderness for a 2-night backpacking trip with a friend from Kansas City (RC).

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