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Owl Love Leadville

One of the things I love most about Colorado are the mountain towns. I usually avoid the glitzy ski centers (Aspen, Vail and Breckenridge) in favor of the smaller, more hardscrabble ex-mining towns like Leadville, Telluride, Crested Butte, Fairplay, and … Continue reading

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Roadside America: UFO Watchtower

The San Luis Valley is to Colorado what Roswell is to New Mexico: a remote hot spot of strange nights, unexplained lights and Unidentified Flying Objects. And it’s not a new phenomenon: in the early 1600’s Spanish explorers crossing the … Continue reading

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Mount Bierstadt: Dogs & 14’ers

Coming down off Mount Bierstadt, I crossed paths with one of the most obnoxious dog owners I’ve ever seen on a mountain. A man and his yellow lab were beginning the climb from Bierstadt’s shoulder up the gnarly boulder field … Continue reading

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Rover Love: Journey to the Wild & Wonderful Wheeler Geologic Area

The Wheeler Geologic Area in Colorado’s La Garita Wilderness, near the town of Creede is a little bit mythic: the rocks are otherworldly and nigh unreachable by any casual means. To visit Wheeler, you have to either hike 20 miles … Continue reading

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Donkey Dreaming At Fairplay Burro Days

On Sunday, I drove through Fairplay, Colorado, which I imagine is normally a pretty quiet mountain town. Not last weekend. A banner along the main drag declared it “Burro Days”  and the place was a madhouse! Traffic, people, vendors, re-enactors … Continue reading

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Scenic Summer Highlight: Scarp Ridge & Oh-Be-Joyful!

I get a lot of emails from people asking for help on planning their trips. I’m always happy to make a few suggestions, but the ironic thing is, I spend zero time actually planning my own trips. I just follow … Continue reading

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Clouds & Crowds on Grey’s & Torrey’s

New rule for summer in Colorado: no more 14’ers on weekends! On Saturday, I attempted to hike up Grey’s Peak (14,270 ft) and neighboring Torrey’s Peak (14,267 ft) but even with an early start, I found myself trudging along in … Continue reading

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison: Into the Abyss and Up Again

“A venturesome minority will always be eager to set off on their own, and no obstacles should be placed in their path; let them take risks, for godsake, let them get lost, sunburnt, stranded, drowned, eaten by bears, buried alive … Continue reading

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Friends in High Places

My climbing friend Sarah and I met on a very big mountain in Ecuador: Gua-Gua Pinchincha. We climbed all 15,695-feet of Gua-Gua (pronounced Waa-Waa) the hard way: hand-over-hand up a dozen fixed rope pitches to a rappel off a cliff, and then … Continue reading

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This Time, Last Year: Collegiate Peaks & Mount Yale!

Last year, over the long Labor Day weekend, my friend Sarah and I and our three dogs hiked a four-day, 30-mile loop around Colorado’s Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Now, I’m driving east and Sarah’s navigating the wilderness of New York City. My how time flies! That post … Continue reading

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