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Got started gathering the gear and loading the pack for the quickly approaching Colorado trip!

This always starts the buildup of excitement before a cool trip. I hit up REI for some food and fuel, but really didn’t need to get much this year. Really trying to get down just the stuff I need, which of course includes my french press coffee mug. I’ve got the pack loaded with about 90% of my stuff, came in a 27 lbs with no water. Pretty happy with this and intent on avoiding the weight creeping up by throwing in things at the last minute that are not needed. I know better but sometimes keep making the mistake.

I usually rely on the freeze dried foods like Mountain House. There are some dinner entrees that I really like. Not sure if they taste so good because of the energy you’ve expended by the time you eat them, or if they’re actually good. I guess I’d have cook one at home and eat it. Doubtful I’m going to do this, and why know that they only taste good because your super hungry, in this sense it’s better to just believe! 😁

I tried the Scrambled Eggs and Bacon breakfast once, it was the complete opposite of good. Fortunately for me I love having oatmeal for breakfast, sometimes at home, almost always while backpacking!

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A Few of My Favorite Pics from Past Year’s Adventures

While I think we all know that no picture of an amazing outdoor scene truly does it justice, you can still capture some great shots. I think I’ve gotten some cool shots for some guy snapping pictures with his phone’s camera while hiking around, so here’s some of my favorites.

All pics taken with various models of iPhone and some have been instagramed.


I’ve been taking a backpacking trip to Colorado every summer for the past 3 years, it is not hard to find some beautiful views,

Near Crested Butte, Co
Lower Blue Lake near Telluride, Co
Ice Lake Trail near Silverton, Co
Ice Lake near Silverton, Co
Trail to Fuller Lake with Ice Lake in the background
Mining shack remnants with Fuller Prak in background
Dallas Peak – Blue Lakes of Colorado
Mt Sneffels – San Juans Co

Grand Canyon

Last year was my first time hiking Grand Canyon and it was awesome, so awesome I’m going again this September! If you took a picture of every amazing view you’d never get to the bottom,

Bright Angel Trail – Silver Bridge, Grand Canyon
Bright Angel Creek – Grand Canyon
Bright Angel Trail – Grand Canyon

And there’s always more pics on the ol’ Instagram.

Pat’s Run 2019

Like always Pat’s Run was an awesome, inspiring experience. With excellent hanging out afterwards!

Hopped the Light Rail to get down to Tempe, a wise choice. The National Anthem, belted on a trumpet is very cool. Then with Jake Plummer’s starting horn, we were off to the races!