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

Deer Creek Canyon

Wind, Rain and Snow…Oh My

As it were, it wouldn't be long till we made it around the next bend and faced yet another foe, a bigger, larger than life foe, the weather! On a recent outing we knew what we were walking into, sort of. The weather forecast was calling for high winds, rain and possible snow later in … Continue reading Wind, Rain and Snow…Oh My

Adopt Don't Shop

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

Hiking the Lost Creek Wilderness

Lost Creek Wilderness – A Walk in the Rain

Times like these on the trail tend to be numb. You just push on while your senses are on heightened alert. Who gets up early in the morning and decides to go for a "workout hike" an hour away? Seriously, there are gyms close by, and we have equipment in our home, no, not used … Continue reading Lost Creek Wilderness – A Walk in the Rain

Castlewood Canyon State Park

Castlewood Canyon State Park

"I think there's a dead cat in my beard" Hiking all year, in all seasons, has its pros and cons. Most would tell you, "the best hiking weather is sunny and blue and not too hot or cold." We all know that that rarely happens. If we waited on that type of weather, on the … Continue reading Castlewood Canyon State Park

Mueller State Park

Mueller State Park

Have you ever had a plan, got stuck in traffic and then changed everything, direction and all, and found yourself far and removed from the original destination? This trip was supposed to be in Rocky Mountain National Park. However, due to an accident and a general distaste for traffic, we altered our course and found … Continue reading Mueller State Park