Boss and Hunt Lakes, 4×4 and Hike

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I really needed to get in a good hike since my return from South Korea on Friday night, and Lisa wanted to get in a decent hike to a lake, so she popped open a hiking book and we found this hike to Hunt Lake. If you go west on US 50 from Poncha Springs look for the runaway truck ramp on the left side of the highway Continue reading

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Single-burner Stove Roundup – 2019

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Group of each model of the M-1942 stove made (except one) along with appropriate cooking/storage containers

Well, I’ve been collecting more stoves over the last few years. Mostly, I look for decent examples at a good price. One stove I paid a lot more than the others, while others were just parts and I needed to assemble them. All of the stoves Continue reading

North Platte River – Kayak/Canoe, 2019

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As noted in my previous post about our July float on the Gunnison River, the water levels were late in falling to what we call normal water flow levels. The North Platte River was higher than normal, but it looked like a low enough level so we gave it a try (about 1050 cfs). Like the Gunnison it seems to smooth out and actually Continue reading

Gunnison River, Float – 2019

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It’s a little later than normal for our first river float, but the water levels in the reservoirs are really high this year (2019) and additional water is being released causing some rivers to have higher flow rates than I’ve seen since I began floating rivers around 10 years ago. We planned to go a few weeks ago, but weren’t sure about safety, and this week it looked like the water levels Continue reading

Pomeroy and Hancock Lakes, 4×4, 2019

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Our kayaking/canoeing/rafting group had planned to float the Gunnison or Yampa Rivers over the 4th of July weekend, but heavy snows this year, along with a number of deaths on the rivers caused us to re-think our plan. We decided to go four-wheeling instead. The destination was the very popular area of St. Elmo in Continue reading

Lakes of the Clouds – Backpacking, 2019

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I backpacked to Lakes of the Clouds this weekend for a one night stay with my son Luke. It was pretty hot, and I felt more tired than usual. This hike is pretty rocky and there are some nice level sections, but that only means you pay for it with Continue reading

Sleeping Pads – Backpacking

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I began backpacking in 1987 on a trip with my wife in the San Jacinto Wilderness in California. This was the trip where, prior to going, I bought my Coleman 400A Peak 1 camp stove which I still use today and my Coleman 290 Powerhouse lantern which I also still use. Believe it or not, I carried a full size lantern in my backpack on that trip. I’ve learned a lot since then. Somewhere around Continue reading