Tag Archives: Colorado

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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A Wet Week in the Weminuche Wilderness, or A Soggy San Juans Story

The Weminuche Wilderness covers about 500,000 acres of southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains and is the largest in the state.  I and 4 other guys (RC, JH, TC, & WN) spent about 6 days exploring much of the Ute Creek … Continue reading

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Mount Zirkel Wilderness

A 4-night trip in Colorado’s Mount Zirkel Wilderness northeast of Steamboat Springs was just the escape I needed after months of doing little except packing, fixing-up, and cleaning the house in Kansas City.  3 friends and I left KC early … Continue reading

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Return to the Rockies

My second trip to Colorado in the last month, and my first backpacking trip in the Rocky  Mountains.  The destination was the Comanche and Venable peaks of the Sangre De Cristo range southwest of Westcliffe.  I went with a friend … Continue reading

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Summer Sabbatical in Salida – Day 4

Saturday was the main event – our attempt to climb the 14,003′ Mt Huron.  This is considered to be about the easiest of all the 14er climbs, but that doesn’t mean that it’s actually easy, and especially not for a … Continue reading

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Summer Sabbatical in Salida – Day 3

Friday started with a hike to Hartenstein Lake, west of Buena Vista near Cottonwood Pass. 

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Summer Sabbatical in Salida – Day 2

Day two was all about the kayaking.  The Arkansas River flows through the valley that encompasses Salida and Buena Vista and draws many people to the area.  You see many  outfitters along the highways but we went with Rocky Mountain … Continue reading

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Summer Sabbatical in Salida – Day 1

The first stop on Wednesday was Garden of the Gods.  I was here when I was about 7 years old but remembered nothing about it until I saw Steamboat Rock.  Then I just remembered that one rock.  We took a … Continue reading

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Summer Sabbatical in Salida

I’m hitting the road for a 4-day trip to the Salida/Buena Vista area of Colorado with 5 other members of the KC Adventure Club.  The itinerary includes Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, the Royal Gorge, kayaking the Arkansas … Continue reading

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