Awesome! I picked up a Mountain Hardwear Backpack on SAC, but have yet to use it. This Fall for sure! Thanks for the inspiration.
Missouri Lakes/Pass, Fancy Lake/Pass
Elevation: 10,030' - 12,410'
Length: 10-13 miles
I've finally gotten back into my "thing" since the wife and I have moved to Colorado. I have been here three times before and was stuck in Philly for ten years. Colorado has so much access to high alpine country thanks to the mining boom early in the century.
This trip is not very long, but my backpacking partner and I wanted to stretch it to two days. We had the weekend so why rush it. While not very long, both passes are steep and the elevation is up there.
I started backpacking in the early 90's while attending college in Southeast Ohio. I really did not care for the climate there or even in the East during the summer. I spent a semester with The National Outdoor Leadership School in Alaska during the summer of 1994 and lived in Colorado previously three times. I've also worked in the outdoor industry for the past 10 years in retail sales and as a buyer.
Gear: I have a mix of brand new gear and 15+ year old gear that is still going strong.
Backpack: Osprey Impala (This pack is at least 15 years old but is in good shape)
Tent: MSR Carbon Relfex 2 (new)
Stove: Jetboil (new)
Sleeping Pad: Thermarest NeoAir XLite (I have two original Thermarests, but this one weighs 12oz. and is thicker than the old ones).
Sleeping Bag: Marmot Helium Membrain (down)
We started the trip with a drive through Vail into Minturn, Colorado where we stopped for breakfast. If you have never been to the Turntable you might wan't to try it if you get the chance.
Our first campsite above one of many of the Missouri Lakes @ 11,502'
Looking up towards Missouri Pass
Sunset over camp
Almost at Missouri Pass
Treasure Vault Lake at the pass
Very well marked unlike our last trip
Old Mining Equipment on Fancy Pass
Camp at Fancy Lake, I've decided not to use the rainfly since we are out of monsoon season
Dinner night two
Morning java during sunrise
Sunrise colors and reflections
I have found that while camping at this altitude I loose my appetite. I skipped lunches and forced breakfast (instant oatmeal) down. I've also decided to get another tent. Since my partner likes to sleep in his own tent which I don't mind. At three pounds the Carbon Reflex 2 is quite light at 3lbs. for two people but for one I can go a little lighter. I need a chair or chair kit to make camp more comfortable. This is weight I don't mind carrying. My partner carried his water filter. I've learned to hate pumping water so I plan on getting a Platypus Gravity Works Filter. Lastly, I will be replacing the 15 year old backpack with something newer from Osprey.
I don't know what i'm doing on the east coast. There's nothing like the vast emptiness of the west around.
-Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog
I saw this in a movie about a bus that had to speed around the city, keeping its speed over fifty, and if its speed dropped, the bus would explode! I think it was called, "The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down."
Colorado is the best, if I could move my job out there I would move there for good right now. If my job here ever ends I will be out there looking for a job. Don't know if that is ever going to happen. If not I will just have to settle for going out there every summer for 2-3 weeks. I do mostly cycling, but I am hiking the 14ers. Here was the data from the two days of hiking I did while I was out there in August.
Skela official test driver
Texas Mile October 2010 171.6 mph
What I was wondering was, isn't there a ton of skiing places around there? I thought that was the big thing to do in Colorado, which is why I always associated Colorado with cold winters. How is there snow without cold?
It gets cold at night, it gets cold at elevation and it snows. I'm not saying every day is 50 in the winter but its not unusual.
There is plenty of information on the world wide web, founded by Al Gore. Here is one website: http://www.co.nrcs.usda.gov/snow/prec/prec_all.html