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Hiking from Aspen to Crested Butte

July and August are the peak months of the wildflower bloom in the Colorado high country, and this year they are off the charts!  During my travels I've been lucky enough to see some amazing landscapes, but I'v... Read More...
Snowshoers on a cold winter day with evergreen trees and mountains in the background.

A Snowy Weekend at Janet’s Cabin

An Ominous Beginning Darcie and I had watched the weather forecast for Copper Mountain pretty closely for the past week, and the data was not encouraging.  We'd made reservations for Janet's Cabin with friends... Read More...
Cristo Coulior from Blue Lake

Climbing Cristo Couloir in Colorado

"You know, it doesn't look all that steep", I remarked to John as we stared up at Cristo Couloir from Blue Lake dam to the 2500 foot climb above us leading to the summit of Quandary peak.    "I bet we can knock... Read More...

An Amazing Road Trip across Kansas

Why Kansas? When Darcie invited me to go meet her parents in Salina, Kansas I have to admit that I might have been a little apprehensive.  Not from the meeting of the parents, but from the endless hours and mi... Read More...

Hiking Pike’s Peak in Colorado

After a little over 10 years, I finally completed the last of the Colorado 14ers with an ascent of Pike's Peak!  When I first climbed Mt. Democrat on July 1, 2006, I had no idea that I'd ever come close to fini... Read More...

Denver’s highest point

So last weekend's snow storm made it pretty much a no brainer to hang out in the Denver area and miss all the I-70 craziness.  A few buddies and I had planned to climb Cristo Couloir on Quandary on Sunday, but ... Read More...
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Crestone Needle

After years of hiking, it was finally time for my buddy John to make his attempt on his final 14er in Colorado.  Crestone Peak near South Colony Lake was going to be the finisher, and we had a really great crow... Read More...

Snowmass Mountain

 Snowmass might have been one of my favorite peaks to climb so far.  It's got everything you need...a beautiful backpack, great camping sites, and an incredible ascent that I wouldn't think of doing ou... Read More...

Grays and Torreys Peaks

 After spending the past few weeks climbing some of the more technical 14ers, I wanted to take a break and knock out a couple of the walk up ones near Denver. I'd never done Gray's and Torrey's peaks, ... Read More...

Pettingell Peak

 Pettingell Peak is the high point of Grand Country in Colorado, and a great 13'er near Herman Lake. Getting to the top requires a bit of class 3 rock scrambling and is definitely not advised for those... Read More...