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Winter is Gorgeous in Buffalo Creek

Posted by Demetri Coupounas on

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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South Platte Section — Regulating Temperature

Posted by Demetri Coupounas on

South Platte Section — Regulating Temperature

The forecast said 40 degrees Fahrenheit, but the trailhead was 10!  Nothing wrong with the forecast but Saturday morning January 5thwhere the Colorado Trail crosses the South Platte River, there was a dramatic catabatic air zone.  A still night created a river of cold air, which is denser than warm air, flowing slowly down the valley.  I had extra layers in my car but I left them off because I knew that a short hike out of the valley would take me clear of the catabatic zone and the few minutes of climbing would generate internal heat. The crisp start...

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Happy New Year from Waterton Canyon!

Posted by Demetri Coupounas on

Happy New Year from Waterton Canyon!
A New Year’s Resolution of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I have resolved to be the first to ever hike the entire Colorado Trail in winter conditions. I am doing it in yo-yo hikes. While a yoyo is twice as long, it enhances safety as there’s never terrain between me and my car that I haven’t already seen. And when I finish the last hike, not only will I be the first to complete this epic trail in the winter, I’ll also become the second. :-)

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The Top of SoCal

Posted by Demetri Coupounas on

The Top of SoCal

I suppose I have the Marine Corps to thank for my love of hiking and the basic understanding of the principles of backpacking. Having been a true civilian now for almost 2 years, I felt the urge for a challenge in the outdoors, something to push me out of my zone of comfort I had developed. Well, I found it when I backpacked Mt. San Gorgonio a few weeks back! My new light gear enabled me to focus on the task at hand and not a heavy load on my back. My new Backpack Light 70 held my kit, fit...

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This Week's Share Your Adventure Story "Trekking Around the World."

Posted by Thomas Dangerfield on

This Week's Share Your Adventure Story "Trekking Around the World."

Last year after hiking the entire Pacific Crest trail I became addicted to the feeling of endless nature, thru-hiking, and carrying my life on my back. So, this year I headed out with a friend to hike a new trail called Via Dinarica. It begins in Slovenia and goes down Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, and ends in Albania. It is just over 800 miles and consists of mostly non-existent trails. It was slow-moving due to tough navigation and Bush-whacking. The trail traverses through the Dinaric Alps, with little water and large mountain passes. I completed it on August 22. Becoming the...

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