Wednesday, August 24, 2011

For this year's backpacking trip, I chose arguably the most scenic loop in Colorado, the Maroon Bells Wilderness's Four Pass Loop. The loop is roughly 24 miles, climbs 4 passes, and gains over 7,500 feet. So naturally I invited the same sea level backpackers from last year- my brother, Trevor, and good friend, Niran. Upping the difficulty level...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Since early June, I've been planning a 3 day Rocky Mountain backpacking trip. And to make myself look good, I invited anyone that doesn't live at high altitude, namely my brother, Trevor from San Francisco, and good friend, Niran from Chicago. Once they arrived in Denver, we agreed on a 16 mile loop in the Rawah Wilderness west of Fort Collins and...

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Looking for a quick get-away over Memorial Day weekend, Jen and I took a day trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. The sand dunes were created by wind and water carrying sand down from the mountains, while a very strong and steady wind from the southeast blows the sand back towards the mountains. The highest dune, Star Dune, is the tallest...

Friday, October 9, 2009

Over Columbus Day weekend, Jen and I headed to Mexico's Riviera Maya for an all-inclusive resort vacation with her side of the family. Most of the trip was spent eating, drinking and searching for wi-fi- pronouced "wee-fee" -signals in the lobby.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

This Labor Day weekend Jen and I took the "all-American" roadtrip through South Dakota.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

This weekend I headed up to Georgetown to hike the Silver Dollar Lake Trail up Guanella Pass, only to find out the road was closed. So instead, a little further up I-70, I discovered Plan B, the Herman Gulch Trail. The trail is very scenic, and I suspect the wildflowers are amazing earlier in the season. The distance to Herman Lake is not too bad,...

Saturday, August 1, 2009

In May 2008 I tried to hike the Tanglewood Trail to the saddle, but eventually had to turn back when the snowpack got too dangerous to hike without crampons. So over a year older and a little wiser, I tried again. This time I reached the saddle and continued on to the summit of Mount Rosalie, making this the most challenging hike I've done to...

Saturday, July 18, 2009

This weekend Jen and I road tripped to Grand Lake, CO on a short "staycation". Friday night we stayed in Winterpark and enjoyed a little Duchess de Bourgogne, my favorite Belgium brew, at the Cheeky Monk. Saturday we drove to Grand Lake and camped near Stillwater Pass, where Jen finally went too far trying to stay warm. Using two sleeping bags,...

Saturday, July 4, 2009

My brother, Trevor, flew in from San Francisco for the holiday weekend this year. While in town, we decided to try our luck at fishing. After buying our license and gearing up at the local REI and Sports Authority, we drove to Golden Gate Canyon State Park. The park has several ponds to choose from, but the ranger at the Vistor Center recommended...

Saturday, June 20, 2009

This weekend we headed out first thing Saturday morning for our first camping trip of the season. Trying to venture out a little further than usual, we drove out 285 past Fairplay and looked for a camping spot along Four-Mile Creek Road. Despite a beautiful forecast, it rained all afternoon, so we settled on a designated campsite at Horseshoe...

 
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