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Collegiate West: Day 6, Paying Homage to My Feet
                      A
few weeks ago, I came around a bend on the Colorado Trail and the busyness of
Monarch Pass opened up before me. Six days earlier, my wife Helene dropped me
off at Twin Lakes, seventy seven mountain miles north of my destination,
Mona...

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Collegiate West: Day 6, Paying Homage to My Feet
                      A
few weeks ago, I came around a bend on the Colorado Trail and the busyness of
Monarch Pass opened up before me. Six days earlier, my wife Helene dropped me
off at Twin Lakes, seventy seven mountain miles north of my destination,
Mona...

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Collegiate West: Day 6, Paying Homage to My Feet
           A
few weeks ago, I came around a bend on the Colorado Trail and the busyness of
Monarch Pass opened up before me. Six days earlier, my wife Helene dropped me
off at Twin Lakes, seventy seven mountain miles north of my destination,
Monarch Pass, w...

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Collegiate West: Day 5
With Chalk Creek Pass ten miles away, I want to be sure that I am up and over the pass before any storms have the chance to build, so I am up early, cooking breakfast and breaking camp in the dark. I click off my head lamp just as I start hiking, enjoying t...

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Collegiate West: Days 3 & 4
            Sunshine,
bird song, blue skies, cool air, beauty all around me, oatmeal, waiting to dry
out the tent fly, mosquitoes just thinking about getting started, and some
howling coyotes. These are a few words to describe the start of this glorious
mor...

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Collegiate West: Day 2
The chattering alarm of a pine squirrel rouses me
from my slumber. I guess this little creature is not happy to discover that the
tent that materialized in its shady forest the evening before is still here. It
is no longer dark, but the sun has not yet made...

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Collegiate West: Day 1
Helene
and I arrive at the trailhead at Twin Lakes around 10:30 under a sky that is
more cloudy than blue. A quick check of my gear, I put on my shoes and gators, and
I am on my way. The first few miles are easy with a nice tread and relatively
flat geograp...

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Collegiate West: Day 1
          Helene
and I arrive at the trailhead at Twin Lakes around 10:30 under a sky that is
more cloudy than blue. A quick check of my gear, I put on my shoes and gators, and
I am on my way. The first few miles are easy with a nice tread and relatively
fl...

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Collegiate West: Day 1
            Helene
and I arrive at the trailhead at Twin Lakes around 10:30 under a sky that is
more cloudy than blue. A quick check of my gear, I put on my shoes and gators, and
I am on my way. The first few miles are easy with a nice tread and relatively
...

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Six Days / Seventy Seven Miles on the Trail
On Saturday, a little before noon, I turned a corner of the trail and the busyness of Monarch Pass opened up before me. After spending the last six days mostly alone with Nature's peace and quiet in some of Colorado's most remote high country, it was a bit ...
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