Blogs from Rocky Mountains, Colorado, United States, North America


Today was a bus tour day - I'm generally not a fan, but it was the only way to get up and see the Rockies and national park. To be fair, Grayline did an excellent job - a lot of pit stops for pictures and tonsssss of history and fun facts as we drove along. Nice balance. I had to catch the bus at the Ritz Carleton since it doesn't stop at the hostel lol. Waiting at the Ritz was fun - so fancy smancy. While walking to the street I noticed a placard in the cement "Stay hydrated and have a nice day. -Luke" Aw. I quite like that. And so off we went on tour with Marc and Roger - we got a lot of interesting info about Denver itself as we drove out, ... read more
Alpine Ridge
Alpine Ridge

Made it to the Rockies! The Mountains are beautiful and the National Park is gorgeous!... read more

The week following Tamara's wedding we intended to unwind by hiking with our other daughter Rosanna who would be with us until 6 August. Our plans were stymied by constant rain from Sunday, 27 July to Friday, 1 August...a rare event in Colorado where the summer monsoons pass through in a matter of hours most afternoons. With the promise of a bright sunny day on Saturday, 2 August, we made plans to hike in Rocky Mountain National Park and then spend the night in Fort Collins. Linda, Rosanna, Liam and I would go Saturday and Tamara (who had a previous commitment) and Cecily would drive up to Fort Collins on Sunday. She had a job interview for a teaching position early Monday morning (she got the job). Tamara, Ryan, Liam and Cecily would then spend Sunday ... read more
Rocky Mountain NP: Liam and Rosanna walking across a snow field
Rocky Mountain NP: Liam hiking at Trail Ridge
Rocky Mountain NP: Elk herd in the high meadows

Thursday, 26 June, 2014 We awoke this morning to the sound of a leaf blower out in the parking lot and knew right away what was going on. There are several large cottonwood trees in the campground and they have been releasing their puffball seeds. At times the air has been so full of these little cotton balls that it looks like it is snowing. Anyway, they were trying to use the leaf blower to move these giant dust bunnies into a heap so they could scoop them up. After a little while they gave up and just used a push broom. Before the leaf blower started, Kerry saw deer wading down the creek beside the campground, until they got spooked and ran off. We left Manitou Springs and drove to I-25 where we headed north ... read more
Mile High Stadium
Nearing Estes Park
Sean sniffing Ponderosa Pine

North America » United States » Colorado » Rocky Mountains September 1st 2013

Zurück in unserem Basecamp Boulder übernachteten wir wieder eine Nacht bei Kurt und Kyrill und quälten uns am nächsten morgen um sechs Uhr aus dem Bett um bem REI Garage Sale Schnäppchen abzustauben. Darunter für mich ein Zwei-Mann-Zelt und eine Daunenjacke für meinen Bruder Christoph. Dieser hat nämlich einen Job gefunden und als direkt nächsten Schritt einen Flug nach Denver gebucht um uns zuvor noch zu besuchen. Die nächsten Boulder-Tage verbrachten wir in einem südlichen Sektor des Rocky Mountain National Parks namens "Wild Basin". Die Boulderprobleme hier sind so neu, dass sie in unserem Kletterführer gar nicht auftauchen und wir nur über Mund-zu-Mund-Propaganda davon erfahren haben. Der Zustieg gestaltet sich hier auch recht flach und mit 25 Minuten recht kurz. Mit "Mini Dagger" gelang mir hier auch eine v7, wenng... read more
Weg zu unserem Wildcampingplatz
Hamburglar (V8) in Wild Basin
wir kochen meist nachts

North America » United States » Colorado » Rocky Mountains August 26th 2013

August 26, 2013 - Monday Headed to Rocky Mtn. NP and Estes Park today. When leaving, the temp. was 74. At the topmost point where we went, it was 50 and really blowing. Drove through a steep and rocky canyon, granite all around and a pretty stream with fly fishermen, hopefully catching some trout. RMNP was established in 1915 and it’s in the Roosevelt National Forest. It took about an hour from our camp site to RMNP and another hour, with stops to the top. Lots of overlooks on the way and we almost stopped at each one, the views were so breathtaking. The highest peak is over 12,000’ in the Alpine Tundra – no trees growing here! After some really cold, blowing weather each time we stopped, we got to the top and wow! they ... read more
Headed West Into the Mountains
Entering Estes Park just East of Rocky Mountain National Park
Views on the Way Up to 12,000 feet

Der Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) bietet hochalpine Landschaften fuer Naturliebhaber, Wanderwege und jede Menge Felskloetze in mehreren verschiedenen Taelern. Und wegen letzteren sind wir natuerlich hier. Die Zustiege zu den Bouldern sind beschwerlich. Mit dem Crashpad, wetterfeste Kleidung, Wasser und Essen fuer einen Tag auf dem Ruecken zieht man auf 3000m los und wandert zum Teil eineinhalb Stunden. Zuerst geht es noch ueber gut ausgebaut Wanderwege. Zieht es einen jedoch in den Upper Chaos Canyon - das Gebiet mit den meisten und besten Boulderproblemen -, dann geht es noch eine halbe Stunde am Ende ueber ein riesen Geroellgebiet. Man fraegt sich ab und zu, warum man sich das eigentlich antut. Man bewegt sich ueberhalb der Baumgrenze und schnelle Wetterwechsel und Gewitter sind haeufig. Die Landings (Flaeche unter den Bouldern auf denen die Crashpads liegen) sind ... read more
unser Camp im RMNP
v5 Dyno
auf unserem Zeltplatz wohnte auch eine Hörnchen-Familie

Trip from Denver to Steamboat Springs via Leadville – Monday July 8 -I had invested most of the weekend preparing for this trip to Leadville, Turquoise Lake, and Steamboat Springs. I had a lot of my stuff set by the door for loading in my truck this morning but when I got up I was feeling kind of sluggish and so it was slow going getting ready to leave. I really felt like just drinking my tea and thinking things over and leave tomorrow but with all the preparations I had put in I felt I needed to get going. So I dutifully finished loading up my stuff in the truck and packed and loaded up my cooler and backpack. My backpack had a insulated cooler bag that I put a couple of frozen water bottles ... read more
Near the summit of Loveland Pass
Woman Biker
Bicyclist at the summit of Loveland Pass

25 June 2013 – Tuesday – It was a bit brisk when I got up this morning and as I load up everything in my truck before I retire in the evening it didn’t take me long to get going up the pass again. The climb became steeper with many switchbacks but the views from higher up were awesome. I stopped several times to savor the views. When I got closer to the top I was thinking about how hard this was on my truck but I was committed and the possibility of ever turning back never entered my mind. So eventually as in all my climbs I reached the top of Independence pass at 12,095 ft. Although it was late June the ponds up here were frozen and the surrounding mountains had snow on them. ... read more
Independence Pass Road
Nearing the top
Independence Pass summit 12,095 ft.

24 June, 2013 Monday – Denver to Independence Pass - Today I finished loading up my truck with last minute things such as ice chest, food, computer, etc. and headed out 470West and past the Hwy 285 exit to the Hwy 74 /Morrison exit and headed west. Morrison is a small town with the usual mix of restaurants and shops. If I had been heading to Red Rocks Amphitheatre I would have went North out of Morrison on Hwy 93 to the Red Rocks Park Road and took it to Trading Post Road and to the Northern upper parking lot which was more on a level with the Amphitheater. Red Rocks amphitheater As it was I continued on through Morrison and saw a sign for the Red Rocks Amphitheatre and so went to it to ... read more
Red Rocks Amphitheater from the south parking lot
Some serious stairs to climb at this altitude

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