Denver’s highest point

So last weekend's snow storm made it pretty much a no brainer to hang out in the Denver area and miss all the I-70 craziness.  A few buddies and I had planned to climb Cristo Couloir on Quandary on Sunday, but ... Read More...
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Crestone Needle

After years of hiking, it was finally time for my buddy John to make his attempt on his final 14er in Colorado.  Crestone Peak near South Colony Lake was going to be the finisher, and we had a really great crow... Read More...

Sawtooth Traverse

For my final Colorado Mountain Club Leader in Training hike (that's a lot of capital letters!), I led a trip on the Sawtooth Traverse between Mts. Bierstadt and Evans.   ... Read More...

Snowmass Mountain

 Snowmass might have been one of my favorite peaks to climb so far.  It's got everything you need...a beautiful backpack, great camping sites, and an incredible ascent that I wouldn't think of doing ou... Read More...

Grays and Torreys Peaks

 After spending the past few weeks climbing some of the more technical 14ers, I wanted to take a break and knock out a couple of the walk up ones near Denver. I'd never done Gray's and Torrey's peaks, ... Read More...

Scoundrel’s Viewpoint

Definitely the best day of the trek so far!  Our skipping Machermo yesterday has given us an extra day in the Gokyo valley, so we're hiking up to the fourth and fifth lakes to lookout called Scoundrel's Viewpoi... Read More...

Dole to Gokyo

The day's plan originally was going to be limited to a 2.5 mile climb to the town of Machermo where we'd spend the day relaxing and acclimatizing to the altitude.  Going from 13,000 feet at Dole to 14,650 at Ma... Read More...

Namche to Dole

After the previous days hike and a good night of sleep, it was amazing how good both Ian and I felt when we woke up this morning. After a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs on toast (again!), we headed off down... Read More...

Namche Bazzar Day Trip

 After coming from sea level to nearly 12,000 feet in less than a week, it was time to stop for a day and let our bodies adjust to the altitude. Nearly all trekkers stop in Namche for at least two nigh... Read More...

Phakding to Namche Bazzar

 The next morning started out extremely pleasant, with clear skies and nice cool weather. Ian and I headed out at a nice clip, just lazily letting the miles go by and enjoying the scenery. The trail ha... Read More...