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City: Baltimore
State: MD
Country: USA
Begins: Aug 6, 2010
Direction: Westbound

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Date: Sat, Jul 17th, 2010

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Colorado Trail

I just learned the other day that I will have a longer summer than I was planning, a glorious 5 and a half weeks of time off. Last winter when I was plotting my next escape the Colorado Trail was at the top of the list, but after spending some time researching and even ordering the guidebook I learned that my time off would be constrained, and began to look at other trails. But that has now changed and as I look over the resources I was poring over last winter I grow more excited by the hour. I booked a plane ticket to Denver within several hours of learning I will now have the time to do this.

Ever since hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2008, I have had many "Springer Fever" spells (the need to leave for Springer Mountain, the start point of the AT) that can only be quenched by more hiking, preferably on a long trail. Being from Wyoming, the Rockies always call to me, even though I do love Appalachia. 2009 was a good year for short hiking trips for me, having made it up to the Adirondacks for the first time and summiting Mt. Marcy. But it was a trip to the Wind River Range in Wyoming with my dad last summer that was a wakeup call to me that I have left my beloved Rocky Mountains neglected and largely unexplored. I grew up haunting the Big Horn Mountains near Sheridan, WY and know them well, having made good use of the many campgrounds and day hike loops, as well as a handful of trips into the pristine Cloud Peak Wilderness area. But because I did not start seriously hiking until after moving out of Wyoming, and for reasons that remain a mystery to me I never before had visited the glorious Wind River Range, and the only parts of the Colorado back country I have visited are those near I-70. It is time to change all of that!

So I will be setting out August 6th for another adventure of a lifetime. I have learned much since my early days as a young blood thruhiker huffing up the many peaks of Georgia, my pack has grown lighter and I bought a hat. (as I will be hiking much of the time above treeline, the hat is as important a development as any other, I think.) I am looking forward to the daily challenge, adventure, wonder and awe that is the life of a thru hiker, if only for a few weeks. I also look forward to writing a journal again, which I had a lot of fun writing on the AT. For anybody who will be on the CT this August, I hope to see you out there!

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Colorado Trail 2010

The Colorado Trail is a 486-mile long-distance trail running from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado, United States. Its highest point is 13,271-foot above sea level, and most of the trail is above 10,000-foot. Learn more: www.coloradotrail.org

 

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