Welcome to Exploring the Rockies.  We are a small community of hikers, climbers, skiers, runners, and beer drinkers who created this site to share our trip reports, gear reviews, and thoughts related to exploring Colorado’s backcountry, and beyond. Thank you for stopping by our small corner of the internet.  We hope you find something here worth reading.

A good portion of our authors gearing up at the Nokhu Hut in the Never Summer Range of Colorado.

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5 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Steve Traylor

    Cool Blog Ben! It was nice to meet you on Sunday at the FOBP gathering. Hopefully will make it out to ski a 14er or 2 with you and Carl this spring.

    Steve Traylor

  2. F

    Enjoyed your report on 14ners.com. Your fitness is lauded, but your confidence I most admire. Any suggestions for how to stay calm in the mountains ? Too often, while hiking, I’m spooked when clouds roll in or skiing off trail w/ just a partner. Thanks again for the report.

  3. Ben Post author

    Thanks for the comment! To answer your question, I am in fact often nervous when in the mountains. I find there’s always some objective danger to dwell on, even in the safest of settings, but I think it’s about assessing whether you’re worried about a real danger or whether you’re simply psyching yourself out. I tend to do a little of both, but with experience I’ve been more able to identify when I’m doing the former and when I’m doing the latter. I also find taking things one step at a time, in other words dealing with what’s right in front of you, is a good strategy for not becoming overwhelmed by a situation. That said you need to keep an eye on the big picture, but taking a climb one section at a time helps me out sometimes. Hope this helps!

  4. M.D.

    Absolutely awesome photos, and awesome trips. I’m truly inspired to start serious mountaineering. Those views are just…insane. I ski right now, and currently have a trip to Jackson Hole planned in January (plan on skiing some backcountry), but have never thought about climbing up and ski descent. Looks like a good challenge. Keep up the good work. May I ask what camera you use to capture your photos? Any special settings? Some of these photos look professional. Also, how did you first get into mountaineering in the first place?

  5. Ben Post author

    Thanks for the comment! Actually 99% of the photos on this website were taken with a simple Nikon Coolpix point-n-shoot, believe it or not. I’ve recently upgraded however and my latest photos are turning out even better. As for getting into mountaineering, well, as I’m sure you know, Colorado hosts 54 mountains which rise above 14,000 feet. They are a perfect venue for beginner mountaineers to learn the basics in summer, and they continue to cater to a more advanced crowd in the winter and spring. I can’t imagine a much better venue for beginner mountaineers, where literally all types of mountaineering can be accessed with ease, than right here in Colorado. All I had to do was recognize the world I had waiting for me in my own backyard, and start pushing myself out the door. That’s basically all there was to it! Have fun out there.

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