Tag Archives: backpacking

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Crater Lakes, CO

Finding time for a mountain getaway seemed to be nearly out of reach in 2018 but Molly and I figured even a short getaway was better than no getaway. We planned out a quick four-nighter over Molly’s birthday book-ended by immovable work commitments (adulting sucks). Due to the time constraints, we would be limited to […]

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Gear Review – Arc’teryx Bora 80

Thank you REI garage sale!  I purchased this pack almost 10 years ago and it changed my perception of backpacking.  Previously, I had always used external frame or cheaper internal frame packs which lead to discomfort, fatigue, and general disdain for backpacking.  With this pack, I can throw 60 pounds of gear on my back […]

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Comanche Peaks Wilderness, CO

Molly’s 29th birthday was looming, but again, so was work.  We wanted to get to Colorado this year and were determined to get a trip in, but plans kept getting pushed back and late September weather in the Rockies can get a bit dicey.  Snow and cold be damned, we left for Fort Collins on […]

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South Dakota and Wyoming

We were looking for a quick getaway over Memorial Day weekend and settled on a road trip through the tourist traps and parks of South Dakota and SE Wyoming. I had been to the area many times in my youth and knew Molly would enjoy (most of) it.  Molly had been traveling like crazy for […]

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Rawah National Widerness and RMNP, CO

Time to get serious and go west.  After hitting up the Backpacker.com forums for some recommendations, we decided to do a 2 part trip starting out backpacking in Rawah National Wilderness (near Ft. Collins) followed by car camping and hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. After a wonderful 14 hour drive, we immediately hit the […]

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Pictured Rocks National Shoreline, MI

Our first backpacking trip! We headed to the UP for a 4 day adventure of camping and kayaking.  Munising, MI was a great basecamp with hotels, kayak rentals, and a knowledgeable ranger station.  After this trip, we knew we were hooked on backpacking; and most importantly, that we could rough it…together. Our ambitious plans to […]