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Mark Johnson
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Weight Walk Along the Uncompahgre on a Fall Day
Friday was a walk-with-weights day, but we woke to thick fog, gusts of wind, and sheets of come and go rain. Oh the weather in Le Crevice lately. It's still too warm for snow to persist on the peaks, and schizo aspen and oak brush don't know whether it's sp...
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Indulging My Courthouse Compulsion
There are certain hikes that one never tires of repeating. For me, Courthouse Mountain is just such a hike...particularly this time of year. Though initially a deep woods-hike, Courthouse Trail eventually breaks free from its mantle of gloom and soars like ...
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Ten Miles at Timberline with Long-Hiker Gayle
Bobbie and I got together for one last hike with the  peripatetic  "better half" of Life's Little Adventurers , Gayle. With  Jim on Injured Reserve from a Pickle Ball mishap, we were free to wander around at timberline to our heart's content.   :) It was de...
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Mind Over Mountain-Matter
Left of center—s carcely noticeable when photographed at such an angle—lies  noble Twin Peaks, two of the jewels in Lovely Ouray's  mountain  crown. "Little Sister," another jewel, stands alone right of center, a solitary lesser sibling, rivaling for attent...
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"Them Changes" on Half Moon Basin Hike
With sincere apologies to Carlos Santana and Buddy Miles for Copyright infringement, I give you " Them Changes ." Alrighty then;  No boring admonishments, embellishments or sermons Just the "facts"   Click on the above photo to view slideshow in higher reso...
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Highland Mary Lakes Hike with "Little Adventurers" Jim and Gayle
Disregarding a forecast for afternoon thunderstorms, Box Canyon met Jim and Gayle of " Life's Little Adventures " at Silverton's Visitor's Center. Although there's considerable elevation gain, the hike to  Highland Mary Lakes is  relatively short, just unde...
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Making The Most Of Numbered Days
We've been lucky this summer. Up till the past week or so, southwest Colorado has not been subjected to most of the haze and smoke from infernos north and west of here. But for the monsoons extending their stay well into August, there go we.  Therefore I sh...
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The Agony That Leads to Ecstasy
“To try to understand another human being, to grapple for his ultimate depths, that is the most dangerous of human endeavors.”  Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy Less than 40 hours after a 14,150 foot Sneffels summit, a hot full-sun day with temps for...
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In Search of Thin Air: Chance and Challenge on High
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope,...
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Absent Without Leaving
Not even my Bobbie App could remember when we last hiked to Hope Lake; 20, maybe even 30 years?  The only thing I recall is that we turned around at Hope Lake Pass...didn't hike the measly extra mile down to water's edge, something inexcusable  by today's s...
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