Meandering the Divide: Bear Lake to Powell

Peaks of the Park: Flattop Mountain A (12,324′), Otis Peak (12,486′), Taylor Peak B (13,153′), Powell Peak (13,208′)
Date:  October 17, 2014
Trailhead:  Bear Lake – Rocky Mountain National Park
Distance: 17.8 miles
Elevation Gain:  ~ 6,000 feet
Participants:  Solo mission
Time: 8 hours

On Friday morning I woke up late, rolled into the “office”, moved the mouse, and with a little help from a picture on my desk, made a game day decision to go outside. For those of you that don’t know me, my profession is accounting (taxes to cut to the chase) and October 15th while it’s no April 15th, can still be a huge pain in the @ss! A much needed break from the monotony was in order and Indian Summer was knocking on the door.

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Fall in the Gore: Red and Deming

Peaks: Red Peak B (13,189′), “Deming Mountain” (12,902′)
Date: September 20, 2014
Trailhead: Meadow Creek
Distance: 16 miles
Elevation Gain: 5,850 ft.
Participants: Solo mission
Time: 9 Hours
Route Overview (click to enlarge).

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Traversing the Clouds in the Never Summer Mountains

Rocky Mountain National Park is a place I like to tell myself I know a lot about, but really I probably only know a lot about very little. Other than Wild Basin, most of the Park is still uncharted territory for me. It probably always will be given the expanse. Colorado affords us so many bad @ss opportunities that I’ve found it hard to focus on one area, and in doing so, I seem to always keep the door open to all the potential that this state has to offer. However, I think I can still have a favorite or 2 or 3 or 4 and on this trip, my first trip into the Park this summer, I remembered why Rocky Mountain National Park is still tops.

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Purgatory to Ruby: Pigeon, Turret and the Animas Group

The Animas River at the junction of the Purgatory Trail and the Animas River Trail. Gordie Lachance, Chris Chambers, Teddy Duchamp and Vern Tessio would have surely appreciated a short jaunt along these tracks.

Peaks: Pigeon Peak (13,972′), Turret Peak A (13,835′), Monitor Peak (13,695′), Peak Thirteen (13,705′), Animas Mountain (13,786′)
Dates:  August 14-17, 2014
Trailhead: Purgatory
Approach:  Ruby Basin
Distance: ~ 40 miles
Elevation Gain: ~ 12,000 ft.
Group: Nathan Watts, Ray Priebe, Miguel Gonzalez, Dillon Sarnelli

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