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Colorado, Hiking, Western US / 10.07.2014

On July 10th I tackled two 14'ers at the same time. Grays and Torreys peak can be easily picked out from the Frisco area where I was staying. From Frisco, look east toward Keystone and pick out a rounded peak on the right with a pointed peak just to the left. It is a fairly easy hike down the saddle of Grays Peak and back up Torreys Peak as long as you have the energy and stamina to reach the top of Grays Peak. Getting there: Getting there is a little...

Colorado, Western US / 09.07.2014

On July 9th at about 7 AM, Sandra dropped me off at Wheeler Flats near Copper Mountain. I hiked about 12 miles from Copper Mountain to Frisco on the Gore Range and North Ten Mile trails. I started at an elevation around 9700 feet and reached an elevation just under 12,000 feet somewhere above Uneva pass. I didn't see any other hikers on Gore Range trail; however, I ran into several campers (out and back hike) just short of Uneva Pass. There were a number of hikers on North...

Colorado, Hiking, Western US / 07.07.2014

On July 7th I hiked from Frisco to Eccles Pass and back along Meadow Creek trail and the Gore Range trail. Here are the photos. [caption id="attachment_1184" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Beaver Dam with Red Peak in background.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1182" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Beaver Lodge[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1180" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The view opens up into high meadows. Somewhere in this meadow is the intersection of Meadow Creek trail with the Gore Range Trail.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1179" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Crossing snow. There wasn't any difficult snow crossings on this day.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1178" align="aligncenter" width="640"] View west from Eccles Pass....

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 03.06.2014

This 2 day solo backpacking trip covers a walk from the road below Purchase Knob into the GSMNP to Mckee Branch and Boogerman trails returning via Caldwell Fork trail to camp at Caldwell Fork (Campsite 41). Return the next day via Hemphill Bald and Cattaloochee Divide trails. This hike had several areas with enormous Poplar trees (Boogerman and Hemphill) and open views at Double Gap and the Swag. Historic piled rock walls could be found along Boogerman. Purchase Knob area included old Ferguson Cabin. [caption id="attachment_1098" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Giant...