Colorado Trail Gear

How We Purchase Our Gear

Doing our homework when purchasing products should indeed involve a responsible and ethical formula. The question thus becomes, what is a good formula for making purchases? When it comes to hiking and backpacking gear there is no shortage of choices. Clothing, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, quilts, pads, stoves, headlamps, trekking poles, gadgets and an endless … Continue reading How We Purchase Our Gear

Abyss Lake Trail Colorado

Abyss Lake Trail

There were three water crossings ahead of us, the creeks were raging with snowmelt and the temperatures the night before had dipped below freezing. The thin log bridges that we would need to traverse were now covered in ice. Our latest outing was in the Mt Evan's Wilderness, a wilderness area that encompasses over 74,000 … Continue reading Abyss Lake Trail

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Hiking With a Chihuahua

"We never thought in a million years we would have a Chihuahua in our home, much less be hiking all over Colorado with one" Not long ago we found ourselves looking through posts of animals who were in need of a home. It is really difficult and heartbreaking for us to see so many abused … Continue reading Hiking With a Chihuahua

Hell's Hole

Hell’s Hole – Mt Evans Wilderness

For us, Hell's Hole was far from anything evil. If there is a negative, it is found in the first two miles of the trail and the constant climb. But don't let that stop you, the aspen groves and dense forest will work wonders on your psyche, whereas the uphill battle will reward you with … Continue reading Hell’s Hole – Mt Evans Wilderness

Lake Isabelle Indian Peaks Wilderness

Lake Isabelle – Indian Peaks Wilderness

Standing here while looking over the edge, the imagination leaps with excitement at the potential adventures. We have hiked many trails in Colorado of which there have been a wide variety of differing landscapes, all unique to their own region. Each presenting us with beautiful and amazing opportunities for exploration and discovery that fill the … Continue reading Lake Isabelle – Indian Peaks Wilderness

Lightweight Rain Gear for Hiking

Frogg Toggs Rain Gear

That's seemingly the market for Frogg Toggs, $20 ultralight rain gear. In our hunt for lightweight rain gear that doesn't break the bank and keeps you dry, we ran across Frogg Toggs. Made from a breathable polypropylene material that comes in at a whopping 10.5 oz for the jacket and pant, compresses down into a … Continue reading Frogg Toggs Rain Gear

Section Hiking the CDT

High Lonesome to Devil’s Thumb

Making our way across the high open tundra, we felt as if we could touch the sky. The High Lonesome to Devil's Thumb is just that, a high altitude trail to be alone with your thoughts in an ever expanding environment. The trail always aiming for a horizon that blurs, where earth and sky are … Continue reading High Lonesome to Devil’s Thumb

Mt St Vrain

Mount Saint Vrain

The question begs to be asked, can you be in two places at the same time and still benefit from both? Absolutely! However, you need to know where such a place exists and then be able to get there. Anyone who has a love for the outdoors in Colorado will tell you, the Indian Peaks … Continue reading Mount Saint Vrain

Eccles Pass Colorado

Eccles Pass – Eagles Nest Wilderness

Back at camp, we carried out our duty to do nothing. Breakfast and the inevitable to follow, a walk in the woods with a small shovel. Funny how mundane tasks in the city become something of an art form in the high country. Backpacking Eccles Pass will always remain an experience to remember. What a … Continue reading Eccles Pass – Eagles Nest Wilderness

Mt Audubon Colorado

Mount Audubon

Lack of sleep and a 3,000' ascent with the wind blowing in your face is not an idealistic adventure. But, in our defense, we're stubborn. Mt Audubon is still a nemesis to us, always fighting us as we make our way to its summit, yet somehow, the relationship we share with the mountain seems to … Continue reading Mount Audubon