Trip Reports

Wildflower Trek, San Juan Mountains, Colorado - July 2014

Earlier this week Claudia and I backpacked for 5 days in the mountains west of Silverton, Colorado, following an improvised route that took us through numerous high alpine basins filled with endless fields of wildflowers...

Backpacking in the Sangre de Cristos, Colorado - June 2014

3 nights of backpacking in the Huerfano Valley near Blanca Peak in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains where the snow is mostly gone and summer backpacking season is well underway.

Great Sand Dunes Trek, Colorado - June 2014

The Great Sand Dunes in southern Colorado are perhaps the most unique landscape in the Rockies, with 700-foot tall sand dunes nestled at the foot of 13,000-foot mountains. Winds that blow across the vast San Luis Valley carry sand grains which become trapped by the towering Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and the streams that flow out of the mountains keep the sand in one place, resulting in the tallest dunes of North America...

2013-14 Winter in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado

A collection of my favorite photos from the winter season of 2013-2014 in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

Spring Skiing in the Tetons, Wyoming - May 2014

This last week I was up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming hunting spring snow in the mighty Teton range. Though the weather was a bit more unsettled than we could have hoped for, we still managed to slay two really nice long lines...

Two Weeks in the Canyons of Utah - April 2014

Photos from two weeks of travel and hiking in the deserts and canyons of southern Utah, including the San Rafael Swell, Capitol Reef, Escalante, and Bryce Canyon.

Needles District, Canyonlands, Utah - March 2014

As winter drags on, there are times when no matter how good the snow is, all I can think about is getting out to the desert for some warm weather backpacking. Such was the case last week when Claudia and I drove over to Utah for four days of backpacking in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park south of Moab...

Winter Camping above Ouray, Colorado - February 2014

I headed out yesterday for a night of winter camping up on the “lower” Bridge of Heaven overlooking the town of Ouray, Colorado. I found a ridiculous spot to pitch my tent, right on the point of a precipitous rock outcropping! This airy perch provided a spectacular scene for tent photos, as well as an island of dry rock amongst the snow to cook and relax in ease...

Fowler/Hilliard Ski Hut, Colorado - January 2014

It had been snowing for nearly three weeks straight in the northern mountains of Colorado. Last week I checked the 10th Mtn. Division Huts schedule and to my delight I was able to make last minute reservations for three nights at the Fowler/Hilliard Hut, located on a snowy ridge in the mountains north of Leadville, south of Vail...

Winter Camping at Blue Lakes - October 2013

Hungry for an adventure, on Tuesday I hiked up to Blue Lakes in the Sneffels Range to camp out in the snow. Late autumn can be a good time for winter camping – kind of like “diet” winter camping since there’s less snow to deal with and usually less avalanche danger (*depending, of course)...

Trekking in the Alps - Summer 2013

During the months of July, August, and September of 2013 my wife and I went on a bunch of long treks in the Alps - in Germany, Austria, Italy, and France.  Below is a chronologically-ordered collection of highlights from our travels!

For complete trip reports and lots more photos from each trek, check out my blog here...

Tough Luck in the Pyrenees - September 2013

On the first day of September Claudia and I started walking into the Pyrenees, the great mountain range that forms a natural border between France and Spain. Our plan was to trek along the Pyrenean Haute Route as far eastward through the range as far as we could in the next three weeks, staying in mountain huts and occasional small towns along the way...

Zugspitze, Germany - August 2013

At 2962m (9717 ft), Zugspitze is the tallest mountain in Germany. The white limestone massif of Wetterstein (of which Zugspitze is the summit) rockets out of the green hills below, towering above all surrounding peaks and dominating the landscape in this part of southern Bavaria near the towns of Garmish and Erwald...

Ferrata Trek through the Rosengarten - August 2013

The Rosengarten is a group of mountains in the Dolomites in Italy with a dense cluster of exceptionally jagged peaks. 10 years ago I did two hikes through this range, and since then I’ve longed to return for some better photography and more challenging via ferrata climbing...

Via Ferrate in the Dolomites, Italy - August 2013

Last week we were in the Dolomites in northern Italy hiking and climbing via ferrata routes. The via ferrate are climbing routes with fixed cables and ladders, and by using a climbing harness with two short ropes with locking carabiners, it’s possible to safely climb exposed routes without technical climbing skills...

Lechtal Alps, Austria - July 2013

Our latest adventure in the Alps was an 8-day trek through the Lechtal Alps in Austria, the neighboring range just south of the Allgäuer Alps of our previous trek. In fact on many days of our trek we could look across the valley and see the peaks and ridges which we had just hiked and climbed over the previous week...

Allgäuer Alps, Germany - July 2013

We are in the lovely Bavarian town of Oberstdorf in southern Germany after having trekked for the last 7 days through the Allgäuer Alps, a fantastic mountain range which runs along the border of Germany and Austria...

Wetterhorn Peak - June 2013

Unlike other mountain ranges in Colorado, the San Juans have a volcanic history. Around 35 million years ago this region was home to several dozen stratovolcanoes, similar to those in the present day Pacific Northwest...

Whitehouse Mountain - June 2013

Photos from a quick backpack trip and climb up Whitehouse Mountain in the Sneffels Range of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado.

An Evening with Sneffels - June 2013

On Saturday we ventured into the Sneffels Range for a quick overnighter backpack trip. Taking advantage of a clear weather forecast, we camped all the way up at 12,900 feet on a high sub-peak of Sneffels...

8 Dayhikes in the Canyons of Utah - April 2013

In mid-April we spent a week or so car camping and day hiking in the canyons of Utah - Escalante National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park in particular.  Below are some photo highlights from our hikes!

You can see lots more photos from the canyons of Utah here...

Trans Catalina Trek - April 2013

This April we trekked the Trans Catalina Trail – a 45 mile hike across the entire length of Catalina Island, off the coast of southern California.

Ski Hut Tour - March 2013

Last week we spent four days and three nights on a 10th Mountain Division ski hut tour in the southern Gore Range of Colorado! The first leg of our trip took us to the Jackal Hut, which is perched on a high ridge with expansive views towards Leadville and the highest peaks of Colorado in the Sawatch Range...

Desert Road Trip - October/November 2012

In late October and early November, we spent 3 weeks on a road trip through the deserts and canyons between California and Colorado.  Highlights included camping in Death Valley in California, a backpack trek into the Grand Canyon, hiking through a slot canyon in Page Arizona, visiting the cliff dwelling of Mesa Verde in Colorado, and more!

Here is a collection of my favorite photos from the trip...

Colorado Fall Colors - September 2012

Photos of aspens and autumn color, mostly in the San Juan Mountains.  This fall was a very colorful one, with the aspens showing off much oranger and redder colors than usual.

Camping on Stony Pass - September 2012

Desiring a leisurely change of pace after our recent tiring backpacking treks, Claudia and I decided to go car camping this weekend up on Stony Pass east of Silverton, Colorado. Nearby Stony Pass Peak provided an easily-accessed wonderful vantage point over the rolling tundra of this area and the rugged Grenadier Range in the distance to the south...

The Lime Loop - September 2012

Over Labor Day weekend some friends joined us for a strenuous 3-day loop trek in the Weminuche Wilderness, south of the area we hiked through last week. Our route took us over a high ridgeline with spectacular views of the Needle Mountains on the other side of the valley...