Category Archives: Backpacking

Lake Agnes Loop: Intro to the Park Range

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2016 ended up being a busy year. Wedding and condo sale took up the majority of the summer, but I did manage to tick off a bunch of 12ers I had alienated over the years. Zirkels had been on said list for a while. I admittedly have never visited Steamboat in any month other than the middle of winter. I figured with all the snow it gets, it would be pretty green. I was correct in that assumption. Read more…

Grand Canyon: Boucher – Hermit Loop + Extra Credit

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This trip kind of came together at the spur of the moment so I had my concerns of diving into the relative unknown.  I needed one more round trip on Southwest for A-List next year and when my plans to visit an old friend in Kansas City fell through I needed to find an inexpensive alternative.  I intend to take the family down to the Grand Canyon as soon as the little legs are strong enough to get them out of it so I thought a recon trip would be appropriate.  Southwest was nearly giving away flights to Phoenix so the balls were in motion. Read more…

North Inlet 12ers: Where’s the Tylenol?

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As summer winds down, it gets increasingly more difficult to find the motivation to get out. It should be the opposite, as, strategically, one might think the best plan of attack would be to hit it hard in the Spring, take a break for the first few weeks of summer, when there isn’t enough snow to ski, but just enough to make it annoying to hike. Then as the monsoon winds down, you’d wind up your trips, but any mountain man knows all too well the undeniable call of the wild and one’s insatiable desire to head back in to the hills – time and time again. Keep reading…

Getting the Monkeys Off My Back

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It took me 3 tries, but I finally was able to stand atop my nemesis peaks in the Gore Range and nab another 12er in the process. Peak Q Attempt #1: The TR can be found here but, long story short, a side trip up Keller before packing into Slate Lake is not recommended. This trip was also before Cooper’s Scrambles Book increased the popularity of the basin so I couldn’t find any resemblance of a trail beyond Upper Slate Lake.  It was Gore bushwhacking at its purest. Keep reading…