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

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Macey Lakes – Backpacking, 2019

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Ahhh . . . Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Sometimes, I daydream about hiking there. If you’ve read my previous blog posts about backpacking you know that I like to go there more than other places. Typically, due to past trips early in June, we don’t go backpacking until at least the third week of June because there is snow above 10,000 feet and the lakes can still be icy, but when the boys asked me to go backpacking on Father’s Day weekend I knew I must live up to my own maxim of “Don’t let the weather run your life.” It’s been a snowy winter and spring in Colorado Continue reading

Cherry Lake – Backpacking, Hunting

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High up in the Sange de Cristo Range, Colorado

2018 – Friday, August 31st – Luke and I drove down to the Wild Cherry Creek trailhead which is on the western side of Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains. Our plan was to backpack most of the way to Cherry Lake, set up camp, and continue hiking for an above timberline deer hunt. Luke had the tag and I was along for support. We arrived at the trailhead around 11pm. I covered Continue reading

Lakes of the Clouds – June 2018

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View of the lower lake at Lakes of the Clouds

The first backpacking trip of the summer. I always wonder how I’ll do. Will I be wiped out half way there or will I be hiking in pouring rain? This summer’s first trip was to Lakes of the Clouds in in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range of Colorado, our favorite place to go. My oldest boys Joshua and Luke and co-worker Troy and I headed out Continue reading

Thommen Classic Altimeter

Thommen TX16 set

Thommen TX-16

Back in 2000 a small local outdoor store called Grand West Outfitters was going out of business. I thought it was the best outdoor store in town and was sorry to see it go, however, during the “going out of business” sales I bought a variety of equipment, at deeply discounted prices, which I still use today. One of the items I bought which I don’t use much anymore was a Thommen Classic altimeter.

The Thommen Classic Altimeter Plus Barometer is an aneroid type. If you’ve ever traveled from a low elevation to a higher elevation with something Continue reading

Coleman 222A Peak 1 Lantern

222A Lantern

Recently, I picked up a Coleman 222A lantern. It was made 1 month before my trusty 400A backpacking stove which I’ve been using since I bought it new back in 1987. When it arrived, I looked it over and it was in excellent condition, especially considering it is 30 years old. I tied on a mantle, turned it to ash, added fuel and it lit right up. After a minute or so I saw fuel leaking around the valve, so I  Continue reading

Sand Creek Lakes (mis?)Adventure – 2017

 

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Wildflowers along trail between Music Pass and Upper Sand Creek Lake

One nice and relatively easy backpacking trip is the one to either of the Sand Creek Lakes in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains when approached from Music pass. You will likely want a 4×4 to get to the trail-head as the road can get pretty rough in spots. We went the weekend of June 24th/25th, arriving at the trailhead on   Continue reading