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Colorado Trail Map
It has taken FOREVER to get this journal started...not for lack of enthusiasm. Just wasn't sure how I wanted to proceed with the journal this year. Last year, we just added onto the previous year's journal, since we were still on the PCT. Well, we still have a few miles left of the PCT, but thought it would be fun to do some hiking in Colorado first. Since most of our hiking this year will be in Colorado, I finally decided to start a brand new, blank slate journal. Hope those of you who find your way to these pages enjoy our adventures.
For those of you who don't know us: Yeahbut is a 74 year old who looks and acts 50. I retired at 60 this year, so we have more time to play than ever. We've done a lot of hiking (some of our other journeys are here on postholer). We live in Arizona, land of great year-round outdoor opportunities. Of course, the down side is that it is now 110 degrees outside, and we're still in training mode to go hiking in Colorado.
We just got back from a couple of short trips. We did an overnight trip with friends to Keet Seil, the largest Anasazi ruin in Arizona. We also spent a few days on the Arizona Trail, hiking from the Grand Canyon to Utah.
We did the first 5 Segments of the Colorado Trail last year, to test the waters, see if we might want to do the rest. My brother, Marty, sectioned it and has been very encouraging. We love high, open alpine country, so I think the trip will be great!
After preparing for longer hikes, the prep for this trail seems pretty simple. Imagine, only a few resupplies to do! We do package our own food, rather than buy as we go, because I feel that nutrition is important for recovery, especially as one ages.
Last year, there wasn't much snow in Colorado, although we did get our share of rain. We're lucky that we are morning people; it might help us get over some high places before the afternoon storms set in. We had originally planned to start hiking a bit earlier, but watching the snow reports, thought we'd delay until early July. We'd also like to try out the Collegiate West route, which follows the Continental Divide trail and is reputed to be more scenic.
I've noticed that I haven't updated my gear list in a long time, so I'll try to do that before we leave. We are light-weight hikers, so our packs average 20-30 pounds with food and water.