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Colorado Trail Winter Post-Holing

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Colorado Trail Winter Post-Holing

Yesterday I had an awesome work out!  (But I could’ve had a better hike.) The snow at the trailhead starting the Northern half of Colorado Trail segment 4 was well-trodden, so I left my gators and snowshoes in my Subaru and off I went.  First few miles were great – I saw a few hikers, whose loads suggested they’d spent the night, packed down the trail well.  But after I reached their turnaround point it was knee-deep post-holing the rest of the way.  My mood was unaffected but my pace was decimated.  The next 3 miles of uphill slog took over...

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Colorado Trail Accidental Lollipop Hike

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Colorado Trail Accidental Lollipop Hike

Almost every season I get lost on my first outing.  Rusty navigation, lazy preparation, and cabin-fever induced exuberance all contribute to losing my way.  Just once a year though – getting lost in the wilderness focuses my attention and reawakens all the good skills and habits latent within me.  This season’s different, I didn’t get lost until outing #6. Weather was great, the northern half of Colorado Trail segment 2 had tracks from the trailhead, and I’ve hiked it plenty of times before, so out I went without map, compass, or way-points. Both hikers who made those tracks went the wrong...

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Hiking is Like Moving Meditation

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Hiking is Like Moving Meditation

6 hours, 11 miles, 1000 feet up and down shushing through ankle deep snow, what do you think about?  I think about everything.  And nothing. Everything includes family, friends, work opportunities and challenges, the perfect place to take each of my 2 planned food and water breaks, every place I remember along segment 3 of the Colorado Trail and how I remember them from a campsite I shared with my wife Kim and son George in 2016 to a rock I sat on wearing a poncho tarp in a driving rain 15 years ago, and whether we live in a...

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Winter Looks Amazing in Buffalo Creek

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Winter Looks Amazing in Buffalo Creek

Saturday January 19 was another stunner on the Colorado Trail!  A snowstorm just hit so I chose to hike in an area with no avalanche prone terrain – the southern half of segment 3. Two jeeps at the trailhead matched two guys a mile in cooking up breakfast after a crisp overnight.  The rest of the day I only saw one other person, a snowshoer and his dog.  I didn’t see any wild animals but was amazed at how many tracks there were on the newly fallen snow.  The Colorado backcountry is full of wild animals that you rarely see. The...

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Winter is Gorgeous in Buffalo Creek

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Winter is Gorgeous in Buffalo Creek

My 3rdwinter outing on the Colorado Trail confirmed what the 1st2 suggested – the lowest, easiest stretches of the CT are muchmore attractive in winter. I hiked the southern half of segment 2 roundtrip January 12 and it was gorgeous.  I’ve covered that stretch at least a dozen times previously and its fine, but not why people come from all over the world to hike in Colorado.  In summer it’s a waterless stretch through a largely burned down area and it’s often dusty.  For most CT thru-hikers its just another warm up segment before getting to the good stuff. But in...

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