Trail Ridge Road 10’ Miler

Back in January, at the start of the 2020 winter season, we completed a short two-and-a-half mile snowshoe trek up Trail Ridge Road (for a round-trip of five miles) in Rocky Mountain National Park (on the Grand Lake side). The snowplow stops plowing the road in the park at the Timber Lake/Colorado River Trailhead, so … Continue reading Trail Ridge Road 10’ Miler

Gold Run Adventure II

This last weekend did not turn out as we had planned, but that is okay; we had a great weekend anyway. We are referring to it as the Gold Run Adventure II. On Saturday, the plan had been to ski at Frisco Nordic Center; we have never been there, and were eager to explore the … Continue reading Gold Run Adventure II

Osprey Kestrel 38 Review

The need for a larger backpack presented itself Fall of 2019 when a good friend of mine and I planned an overnight backcountry trip into Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), where we would hike to Lake Verna from the East Inlet Trailhead (twenty miles out and back). After considering my current pack needs, along with … Continue reading Osprey Kestrel 38 Review

Lake Verna: A First Adventure

About a month ago, a plan had been hatched with my friend and coworker, Dave, to do a backpacking trip to Lake Verna, a first adventure, from the East Inlet Trailhead inside of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). This would be the first backcountry backpacking trip for both of us! Most hikers who make the … Continue reading Lake Verna: A First Adventure