Trip Reports

Trekking through the Needle Mountains - August 2012

Last week we went on another 7-day trek through the high peaks of the Weminuche Wilderness in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. During our backpacking trip we were treated not only to spectacular mountain vistas, but to some pretty cool wildlife encounters too!

Road Trip to Glacier National Park, Montana - July 2012

In July, we spent over two weeks hiking and backpacking in Glacier National Park in Montana.  On the way we hiked and photographed in the Tetons and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Dunes and Sangres - June 2012

This last weekend we went on a little road trip to the Great Sand Dunes, followed by a couple nights of camping and hiking in the Sangre de Cristos. We arrived at the dunes in the afternoon on Friday and started the hike into the dunes under a sky full of wild ominous clouds, along with sandblasting winds...

Supermoon on Sneffels - May 2012

I’ve been itching for an adventure lately, so early this morning I hiked up Mt. Sneffels in the moonlight again! I left Ouray at 1:30am (ouch!) and started hiking into Yankee Boy Basin at 2:30am...

Coyote Gulch, Escalante, Utah - April 2012

In early April, we headed to Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in southern Utah for another backpacking trip into one of my favorite canyons of all – Coyote Gulch. It’s been about 12 years or so since I’ve been here, but I still remembered how awesome it was...

Andes Adventure - October 2011 - January 2012

From September 2011 to January 2012, my fiance Claudia and I traveled for 15 weeks from the top of northern Chile all the way down to the tip of South America, detouring into Argentina various times along the route...

Weminuche High Loop - August 2011
Last week we did a 7-day loop trek in and around the Needle Mountains, the rugged heart of the Weminuche Wilderness in Colorado
Trekking in the Sawtooths, Idaho - August 2011
For many years I’ve been longing to visit the Sawtooth Range in Idaho, and last week I finally got the chance! We went on a 7-day backpacking trek through the range, starting from Pettit Lake and ending at Redfish Lake, taking a few detours along the way...
Maroon Bells Four Pass Loop, Colorado - July 2011
Photos from a 6 day backpacking trek around the Maroon Bells in the Elk Mountains near Aspen, Colorado.
A Night in the Great Sand Dunes - June 2011

Photos from a night camping out in the Great Sand Dunes, Colorado.

Epic Spring Ski Season in Western Colorado - May/June 2011

With record-breaking snowfalls in April, continuing well in May, the spring ski season in the San Juans was a memorable one.  May surprised us with several long snow storms that brought mid-winter-esque powder days and smiles all around!

Here is a collection of my favorite ski photos from May and June...

A Winter in the Alps - 2010/11

This gallery is a compilation of my favorite photos taken from a winter in the Alps, from November through April, including mainly Switzerland, but also Italy, Austria, and Germany.

Bernese Oberland Ski Hut Tour - April 2011
Photos from a ski hut tour in the Bernese Oberland mountains of Switzerland. This is the heart of the Swiss Alps, and during the course of 6 days we skied a variety of routes across the largest glacier system in the Alps...
Winter in the Dolomites, Italy - December 2010
Photos from two weeks in the Dolomites of northern Italy, in late November and early December.  I mainly stayed and photographed around the towns of Cortina d' Ampezzo and San Martino di Castrozza.
Early Winter in the Swiss Alps - November 2010
Photos from a November trip through the Alps in Switzerland, where the winter has gotten off to an early start!  During this week-long trip, I posted more photos and words on my blog from each of the three towns I visited: Zermatt, Andermatt, and Engelberg.
Autumn in Freiburg, Germany - November 2010
Photos of colorful autumn colors at the foot of the Black Forest near Freiburg, Germany.
Colorado Fall Colors 2010
Photos of colorful aspens in the San Juans and Elk Mountains of Colorado, during the autumn of 2010.
Capitol Peak, Colorado - September 2010
In late September I spent four days doing various hikes around Capitol Peak, a rugged fourteener in the Elk Mountains of Colorado.
Ouray/Uncompahgre Loop, Colorado - August 2010
This last weekend we repeated one of my favorite backpacking routes - a loop hike starting from the Bear Creek trailhead near Ouray, up through the rolling tundra of the Uncompahgre Wilderness, then back down into the town of Ouray via the Bridge of Heaven.
Sunset Atop Mt. Sneffels, Colorado - August 2010
After climbing the southwest ridge route of Mt. Sneffels on an afternoon when the clouds weren't too threatening, we stayed up on the summit to watch and photograph the sunset.  We then descended the normal route in the dark with headlamps and walked back to my truck where cold beers awaited...
Weminuche Wilderness Trek, Colorado - August 2010

During the second of week of this August 2010, Claudia and I went backpacking for 7 days in the Weminuche Wilderness, duplicating the same route that I did solo back in September 2007. 

We had all kinds of crazy weather during the trek, ranging from torrential monsoons to perfect bluebird days...

Blue Lakes, San Juans, Colorado - August 2010
Photos from three days of summer camping at Blue Lakes, in the Sneffels Range of the San Juan Mountains, Colorado.
Wetterhorn Peak, San Juans, Colorado - July 2010
A few days ago I went backpacking to Wetterhorn Basin, in the Uncompahgre Wilderness of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado.  On one morning I left my tent at 2:00am and climbed Wetterhorn Peak under the light of the full moon, arriving at the summit just as the first dawn light was breaking on the horizon...
Ice Lakes Basin, San Juans, Colorado - July 2010
Photos from an overnight backpacking trip to Ice Lakes Basin, in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.
Wandering in the Weminuche, Colorado - July 2010
After another fun 4th of July in Ouray, I went on a 5-day backpacking loop in the Weminuche Wilderness in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.  I left from the Beartown trailhead, hiked south along the Continental Divide Trail for a couple days until reaching the area of Flint Lakes and Rock Lake...
Trekking in the Cordilleras of Peru - June 2010
In June 2010 I joined an 11 day trek around the remote and rugged Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru. The hike passed over a number of 15-16,000 ft. passes, always in the shadows of huge glaciated peaks rising up to 21,000+ feet...