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Mammoth Reservoir Winter

Bob’s Creepy Cabin via Nebraska Hill

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To get the most out of an adventure, it’s sometimes best to forego exhaustive research and simply head into the unknown. This philosophy has applied to my current quest to summit Nebraska Hill, an 11,534 ft. peak that registers on exactly nobody’s radar when it comes to Colorado’s mountains. It’s an easy enough peak to reach in the summer: simply drive up a 4×4 road, park, get out and walk over a flat plateau to its non-descript summit. In the winter however, it’s a trickier nut to crack. I recruited…

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Wichita State UNiversity plane crash by James Dziezynski

Wichita State Plane Wreck & Mount Bethel – Dry Gulch

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Distance to Plane Wreck: 1.2 miles; 600 vertical feet Distance to Mount Bethel / Snow Fences: 2.9 miles / 2,280 vertical feet  Over the years, I’ve visited quite a few plane wreck sites in Colorado. None may be as fascinating or sobering as the wreckage of the 1970 Wichita State University crash. As the crow flies, the debris field is less 0.2 miles from I-70. The hike along an unmarked (but easy to find) trail is about a mile and the area is still densely littered with twisted metal. Because…

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Sawtooth ridge traverse

Sawtooth Ridge Traverse – Colorado

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It’s surprising that in all my years in Colorado, I hadn’t gotten around to doing the Sawtooth Traverse. This classic route is a class 3 scramble between the 14,060 ft. summit of Mount Bierstadt and the far west shoulder of 14,264 ft. Mount Evans. The Sawtooth is usually climbed south to north, starting at Mount Bierstadt. The exit from the Sawtooth offers several options: traverse 1.2 miles over Mount Evans (and its sub-peak, 14,256 ft. West Evans), hike 0.7 miles to the 13,842 ft. top of Mount Spaulding or simply…

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BAld Mountain summit

Bald Mountain via Boreas Pass from Breckenridge

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There are 27 mountains in Colorado bearing the official name “Bald Mountain”; the 13,684 ft. one is their king. As the highest of the Balds, its also likely the baldest — when hiked from Boreas Pass, there is only a smattering of trees before breaking into alpine tundra. Despite easy trailhead access and proximity to Breckenridge, not many people visit its lofty summit — which is a shame, because the views are among the best I’ve seen in Colorado. Maybe it’s the mundane and uninspiring name that keeps people from…

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Silver PLume Mountain

Silver Plume Mountain via 730 Mine Trail

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Directions to 730 Mine Trailhead: From I-70, take exit 226 to Silver Plume. Since most people will be coming from Denver on west bound I-70, I’ll give the directions from that point of view (it’s easy enough to apply them to the east bound exit). At the end of the exit ramp take a right towards main street. Note that the paved road you see immediately off the exit is NOT Main Street! Go down a block on this road to the intersection with Main Street, a dirt road. Take a…

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What views!

Republican Mountain & Sherman Mountain – Colorado Trip Report

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Ever since Fremont and I climbed Bard Peak as part of our Watrous Gulch adventure, I’ve had my eye on seldom-visited Republican Mountain. Republican is one of a trio of lower elevation summits southeast from the small town of Empire, Colorado (the others being 12,287 ft. Sherman Mountain and 12,477 ft. Silver Plume Mountain). There wasn’t much information on hiking this peak, which meant it was either a lousy summit or people just didn’t go there. Luckily, it turns out Republican is a fine hike and a worthy “secret” summit. The approach…

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Kelso Ridge Knife Edge

Kelso Ridge – Torreys Peak Trip Report

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Torreys Peak (14,267 ft.) can be a crowded place in the summer, thanks to its easily accessed trailhead (only about an hour from Denver) and breathtaking scenery. They standard trail up to its summit is a class 2 walk up but if you’d like to make it a bit more exciting, try the less traveled class 3 Kelso Ridge route. This fine scramble takes you from a low-point between 13,160 ft. Kelso Mountain and Torreys to summit of Torreys Peak. After hiking 2 miles from the trailhead, diverge from the…

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Mount Sherman summit

Mount Sherman to Weston Peak Traverse

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When I received an invitation from Outdoor Minded Magazine to be part of their 25 person team for an epic week of adventures, my head was already swimming with possibilities. The cause was solid: raising money for cancer patients and their families to enjoy a week-long outdoors camp. The camp is run by Epic Adventures, a Colorado based outfit that focuses on not only living but thriving throughout a cancer diagnosis. Cancer has made unwelcome appearances with my family and friends (like so many of us), so I was eager…

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Pettingell Peak East Ridge

Pettingell Peak – East Ridge Trip Report

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13,553 ft. Pettingell Peak is the high point of Grand County, Colorado and has a very easy-to-access trailhead and yet it remains a seldom visited mountain. This despite the fact that hoards of hikers visit Herman Lake, located at the foot of Pettingell. Some of this may have to do with perspective. When viewed from Herman Gulch/Lake or most southern vantage points, Pettingell looks like a massive, formless clump of boulders. It’s difficult to discern which point on its aesthetically ambiguous ridge is the actual summit. The stunning twin peaks…

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Hudson Valley from Brace Mountain

Mount Frissell – Highest Point in Connecticut

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Finding Connecticut’s highest point can be a tricky task. Rather than courteously locating itself on a mountaintop, the 2,380 ft. high point is hidden in a patch of shrub oak on the south slope of Mount Frissell, a 2,454 ft. mountain whose summit is in Massachusetts. An inconspicuous, green, surveying rod marks the spot where you can stand tall and thump your chest as the elevation king or queen of the Nutmeg State (though no one will see you, because of the shrub oak). Complicating things is a nearby impostor…

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Capitol Peak Knife Edge -- yowzas!

Capitol Peak Trip Report

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In order to complete all of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks, there’s going to be a handful that test your nerves, endurance and mountaineering skill. At the top of the list is 14,130 ft. Capitol Peak, regarded by many as the most difficult 14er to summit. Whether it’s the 17-mile round trip circuit, the stomach-turning exposure of the famous knife edge or the sustained 4th class climbing, reaching the top of this burly mountain is as taxing mentally as it is physically. Thankfully, the approach to Capitol Peak is one of…

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Fremont the border collie in front of Grays Peak Colorado.

Mount Edwards via Argentine Pass

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Mount Edwards stands at 13,850 ft. making it Colorado’s 83rd highest mountain. It’s also one of my very favorite dog-friendly peaks! In April, Sheila I climbed Edwards’ north facing Goatfinger Couloir and I remarked that the Argentine Pass option looked like a fantastic place to take pals of both the human and canine variety. Even though Mount Edwards is a fairly straightforward adventure, there’s some spotty information online. I hope to get a decent page up in my hiking guides section soon. And for a future project: biking the Argentine…

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