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Snowshoe: Bierstadt Lake Trail

By On December 15, 2016

Going on my National Parks backpacking trip this summer made me realize how I may take Rocky Mountain National Park for granted. It’s so easy to throw my gear in the back… Read More

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Estes Park

Snowshoe: Fern Lake

By On February 26, 2016

I’ve mentioned in some posts and Instagram updates that it’s “more about the moment than the milage.” This has been a recurring thought I tell myself when I’m not able to complete… Read More

bobcat ridge
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

Weekend Adventure Report

By On February 17, 2015

7 days off for a break, 6 days of straight hiking, 36+ miles logged, and each day a new area explored. So, this isn’t really the Weekend Adventure Report, but more like… Read More

Estes Park

Weekend Adventure Report

By On October 6, 2014

Loading View on Instagram This weekend took me back to one of my favorite places in Northern Colorado – Rocky Mountain National Park. Initially I was going to head up Long Draw… Read More

Estes Park

Hike: Hidden Valley at Rocky Mountain National Park

By On August 20, 2014

Rocky Mountain National Park holds a special place in my heart. It’s one of the most beautiful areas to hike and fish in, there’s an abundance of wildlife to view, and it’s… Read More

Best of Day Trips

Best Hikes of Rocky Mountain: Black Lake

By On June 25, 2014

Rocky Mountain National Park has no shortage of views. They’re all great, but some are absolutely spectacular. Black Lake is the latter. MY RATING: 5 Stars. Black Lake is one of the best hikes in Rocky… Read More


The New Drive to Estes Park: What To Expect After Last Year’s Floods

By On June 6, 2014

I recently made my first trip of the year to Estes Park, the first time I’ve driven there since last September’s floods. I was a little anxious about what St. Vrain and Big… Read More

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The Top 10 Fresh Air Fort Collins Posts of 2013

By On December 31, 2013

It was nice to reflect on this last year in posts and realize that I had more than ten posts to choose from. It still feels weird that I’ve been doing this… Read More


The Colorado Flood: So How Can You Help?

By On September 18, 2013

It seems too soon after the flood to get back to the regular routine over here at Fresh Air Fort Collins. I had a post from Rocky Mountain scheduled for today and… Read More

Best of Day Trips

Video Tour in Rocky Mountain National Park: The Lakes at Tyndal Gorge and Loch Vale

By On August 30, 2013

I thought I do another video tour of a hike since that seemed to be a pretty popular one last time. And really, what better way to check out a trail than… Read More

Best of Day Trips

Great Rocky Mountain National Park Hikes: Lake Haiyaha

By On August 28, 2013

So, today’s post picks-up where I left last week on the Lakes at the Bear Lake TH in Rocky Mountain National Park. So, you’ll have plenty of options for your Labor Day… Read More

Best of Day Trips

Rock Mountain National Park: Dream Lake, Nymph Lake, Emerald Lake and Then Even More Lakes!

By On August 21, 2013

This past Sunday I went up to Rock Mountain without reading a guide book. Or really knowing anything other than where to get off the shuttle and that I wanted to see… Read More

The Bookmark. It's that weird little thing on the top.
Best of Day Trips

Climbing Lumpy Ridge: Rolling Melvin’s Wheel Up The Bookmark

By On July 11, 2013

The 37th Cog in Melvin’s Wheel, or more commonly referred to as simply Melvin’s Wheel, is the route we took up to the bookmark. 5 pitches (that you can make into 3… Read More

The Diamond and Columbine Falls. At the end of the Chasm Lake Hike, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO
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Rocky Mountain Park’s Chasm Lake Hike: The Diamond, Waterfalls, and Wildlife. Oh Yeah, and It’s Free.

By On June 20, 2013

There aren’t a lot of places where you can hike for free in Rocky Mountain National Park. Most everything involves waiting in line at the ranger station to pay for your day… Read More


The Cure for the Common Slide Show: Track Suits, Syncronized Dance, Drunken Debauchery, and Also Some Pictures of Patagonia

By On June 11, 2013

This is not your typical slideshow poster. It’s a series of non-sequitur images vaguely indicating that something climbing related will happen at the event. Yet it still manages to advertize a good… Read More