THE LAST 130 MILES OF THE TRAIL! (more…)
Collegiate Peaks Wilderness (Twin Lakes, CO to Monarch Pass, CO)
Collegiate Peaks Wilderness impresses. Rugged mountains, high passes, alpine lakes, vibrant wildflowers... and NO thunderstorms! Definitely one of the most scenic stretches of trail I've hiked. (more…)
Tennessee Pass, CO to Twin Lakes, CO
Another CDT section down. A spectacular detour up Mt Elbert. Atlas celebrates his 2nd birthday on Colorado's highest peak. A BIG realization. A surprise rest...
Rawlins, WY to Steamboat, CO
A washed out bridge, an abandoned trail, an awful lightning storm. Are Atlas and I in the Hunger Games? Made it to the WY/CO state-line!...
South Wind River Range (Big Sandy, WY to Atlantic City, WY)
3 days and 48 miles. Cruisy walking. Atlas meets cows. Atlas doesn't meet cayotes. Walking the cusp of the Wind River Range and Great Basin...
Wind River Range, Wyoming
Back on the CDT! Atlas' first long-distance hiking adventure. 90 miles of incredible beauty. Massive vistas of granite peaks, wildflowers and pristine lakes. Dramatic sunrises,...
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, NM to Silver City, NM
My last days on the CDT for the year. Mixed emotions. One last bodily ailment. Celebration and reflection in Silver City. Thank you for your support. Elevated, over and out. (more…)
Pie Town, NM to Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, NM
Road walking, road walking, road walking. IT band issues. The *spectacular* Middle Fork of the Gila River. Water walking, water walking, water walking. Busted in...
Grants, NM to Pie Town, NM
Picking my way through a giant lava flow. Camping at cliff's edge on a mesa. Lots of road walking. Uber can't beat 50c for 20...
Cuba, NM to Grants, NM
100 miles through breathtaking desert landscapes. Water has become a scarce commodity. Summiting Mount Taylor. It's hot and the spiders are big! (more…)
Ghost Ranch, NM to Cuba, NM
A short 50 mile stretch through the Rio Chama and San Pedro Wilderness areas. My first tarantula. A serene morning camped in a meadow. Do they...
Cumbres Pass (Chama, NM) to Ghost Ranch NM
Wolves howling, coyotes yipping, elk screaming, owls hooting, rifle hunters shooting, a full moon, Ghost Ranch and not a single person anywhere this whole stretch,...
Wolf Creek Pass (Pagosa Springs, CO) to Cumbres Pass (Chama, NM)
Leadville, a roadtrip and Pagosa Springs. The beautiful South San Juan mountains. Snow detour. Snow ass-kicking. It's really cold. Where is this damn trail? Coolest trail...
Berthoud Pass to Tennessee Pass, Colorado
Beautiful Colorado! Two 14'ers. 10 summits. Sketchy ridgeline scrambling. Epic views. Ski resort row. Fall colors everywhere. Snow in the mountains, again. (more…)
Rocky Mountain National Park (Grand Lake, CO) to Indian Peaks Wilderness (Winter Park, CO)
Lakeside hiking. Indian Peaks Wilderness and The High Lonesome Trail. Bailing from a snow storm down to Winter Park. This was a really short stretch... (more…)
Rabbit Ears Pass (Steamboat Springs, CO) to Rocky Mountain National Park (Grand Lake, CO)
Rabbit Ears Range. Never Summer Wilderness. Rocky Mountain National Park- wow! Stalked by a mountain lion? Grand Lake ice cream binge. (more…)
1000 Mile Update
1000 miles and a thank you. Change of plan. A roadtrip. Steamboat Springs, Colorado! What's next. (more…)
Yellowstone National Park (Old Faithful, WY) to Green River Lakes (Pinedale, WY)
140 miles through gorgeous Wyoming! Yellowstone National Park. Snake River Valley. Whiskey with Hojo! The Parting of the Waters. A creepy cowboy. Victory over a tree....
Wyoming! (Lima, MT to Yellowstone NP, WY)
800 and something miles down and I've finally made it to Wyoming! Centennial Mountains. A sheep experiment. Mack's Inn. Yellowstone National Park. (more…)
Bannock Pass to 1-15 (Leadore, Idaho to Lima, Montana)
100 miles. A roller coaster. A can of Coke. It's really hot and dry! Am I nearly in Wyoming? (more…)
Montanaho! (Chief Joseph Pass to Bannock Pass)
130 miles along the Montana-Idaho border in the Beaverhead (Montana) and Salmon (Idaho) mountains. Incredible vistas. Victory over thunderstoms. Body ailments continue. Passed my 600 mile...
Anaconda Pintler Wilderness (Anaconda to Darby)
A cross between Little Cottonwood Canyon and the Uintas, the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness is totally incredible! 20,000ft of ascent and descent. 90 mountain miles. Wildflowers galore. The Idaho border!...
McDonald Pass to Four Corners (Helena to Anaconda)
50 miles in the Helena and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests. Big Sky Country. Amazing trail magic. A remorseless confession. 400 miles down! (more…)
Rogers Pass to McDonald Pass (Lincoln to Helena)
65 miles. My first CDT cows! Remote road walking. Longer water carries. Private property to navigate through and around. My feet are now too big...
Scapegoat Wilderness (Benchmark Ranch to Rogers Pass)
An action packed 60 miles in the Scapegoat Wilderness. Incredibly scenic ridgeline walking. A grueling 18 hour, 33 miles day out-walking the arrival of a...