Guides and Trips

Piezo Igniter at Altitude, Sundance Mtn Summit (12,466')
by jimlarkey on Aug 26, 2015
Estes Park, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 3.4 miles
Some opinions suggest that piezo igniters are limited to 8,000' and below for reliable ignition of gas-fired stoves.  That may be true for igniters that are fitted on the canister cooker, but I've found that the hand-held piezo units are just as reliable as a Bic.I tried MSR's Hand-held Piezo Igniter at an altitude far above what I would overnight at in the lower-48, well above tree-line.  You can view the 2-minute...
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West Maroon Pass, Schofield Park to Maroon Lake
by jimlarkey on Jul 08, 2015
Carbondale, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 10.5 miles
A hike in the rain and clouds, among the towering "Giants"....Maroon Bells massif on the left, Pyramid massif on the right.  A hiker feels pretty small in the valley of the Giants.We began out trek at Schofield Park, the West Maroon Trail TH.  Fortunately, Schofield Pass was clear of the snow-plug that blocked it the previous week.  We arranged for drop-off and pick-up shuttle service with Alpine Express.  Lex and JP did a...
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John Henry "Doc" Holliday, Linwood Cemetery
by jimlarkey on Jun 12, 2015
Glenwood Springs, Colorado, United States
Walking | 2.6 miles
"This is funny."...the last words from a man who just had a shot of whiskey, and then passed on to the other side.  Doc Holliday's humor was his expectation to "die with his boots on"...never expecting to quietly pass away in a bed in the Hotel Glenwood.You can Google a lot about the life and times of this Georgia son, who died at an early age of 36, but lived a full...
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"Symbol Rock" (6,820'), Elliott Ranch, "Twin Mountain" (6.620'), Cherokee SWA
by jimlarkey on Jun 02, 2015
Livermore, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 8.1 miles
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"Symbol Rock" (6,820'), Elliott Ranch, Cherokee SWA
by jimlarkey on May 26, 2015
Livermore, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 8.0 miles
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"Turkey Roost" (7,734'), Cherokee Park
by jimlarkey on May 02, 2015
Livermore, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 6.7 miles
"Turkey Roost" is a walk-up peak, perched on the east end of Cherokee Park, and offers great views of the Livermore foothills.  "Turkey Roost" can be found on 1915 topo map; it's name was officially entered into the GNIS in Oct, 1978.  There are two "bumps" on the top of "Turkey Roost" that could qualify as the true summit: the easterly slab with the cairn, and the westerly rock.  Measurements I took...
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Rabbit (aka Rattlesnake) Mountain Open Space, Lyons
by jimlarkey on Mar 17, 2015
Longmont, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 5.9 miles
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Trout City
by jimlarkey on Mar 06, 2015
Buena Vista, Colorado, United States
Walking | 0.7 miles
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LaPlata Trailhead S Fork Lake Creek
by jimlarkey on Mar 05, 2015
Buena Vista, Colorado, United States
Snowshoeing | 2.9 miles
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Midland Railroad Grade (Historic)
by jimlarkey on Mar 04, 2015
Buena Vista, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 8.5 miles
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Collegiate Peaks Campground Loop
by jimlarkey on Mar 03, 2015
Buena Vista, Colorado, United States
Cross-country skiing | 4.5 miles
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Clear Creek Ranch, Granite CO
by jimlarkey on Mar 02, 2015
Buena Vista, Colorado, United States
Cross-country skiing | 6.3 miles
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Holzwarth Trout Lodge (Historic), RMNP
by jimlarkey on Feb 15, 2015
Grand Lake, Colorado, United States
Snowshoeing | 1.3 miles
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Onahu Trail, Kawuneecke Valley, RMNP
by jimlarkey on Feb 15, 2015
Grand Lake, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 3.0 miles
Snow-fleas...that's our discovery on this hike. Actually my partner discovered them.  Biggest ones are about 3 mm.  I never saw them along the trail.  An interesting article in Wired Mag can be found here.A word about this trail: all the maps including the trail-head map do not show the route correctly.  The ranger confirmed that the NPS maps do not show the trail crossing the Onahu Creek.  The trail does cross the...
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Shadow Mountain (Echo Mtn) Lookout - Aborted, RMNP
by jimlarkey on Feb 14, 2015
Grand Lake, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 6.5 miles
"No cigars"!....but we'll be back.Trail conditions deteriorated as we got higher, and the morning sun warmed the snow pack....lot of post-holeing.  Got within a little over a mile of the old fire tower.The fire tower was listed in 1978 National Register of Historic Places.  The nomination form makes for interesting reading.Still, it was a nice day, and good to stretch our legs.
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Ranked Peak 6945 (6,945'), From Seaman Reservoir
by jimlarkey on Feb 07, 2015
Poudre Park, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 8.2 miles
70° weather in the middle of February....what a day for a hike!  Ranked Peak 6945 is a walk-up that is easily accessed from the Seaman Reservoir, with parking at the TH, City of Fort Collins Gateway Open Space.Once you leave the fisherman trail on the west side of the Reservoir, you'll off-trail for the remaining two miles to the soft, gentle summit.  Pick a ridge to follow, and you'll enjoy the views around you,...
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Indian Caves, Pawnee National Grassland
by jimlarkey on Jan 18, 2015
Raymer, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 5.0 miles
The Indian Caves are part of the Pawnee National Grassland, a high plains managed by the USFS.  They are located in the easterly unit, on a 150' escarpment, a cliff which separates the upper plateau with a flat cap rock, from the low plains (Colorado Piedmont) which has eroded away over time.I had just finished reading "The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend", so...
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Castle Rock (6,139'), South Table Mountain
by jimlarkey on Dec 07, 2014
Golden, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 4.5 miles
Castle Rock...there are at least 20 Castle Rocks in Colorado.  So what is different about this one?In 1906, an entrepreneur built a cafe on the top,overlooking Golden below.  Guest either hiked up the north slope, or rode a burro to the summit.  A year later the cafe burned down.Another entrepreneur in 1908 built a new cafe, and serviced the facilities with a burro train and road.  A Stanley Steamer was the first...
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Lake Hartenstein (11,451'), Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
by jimlarkey on Nov 09, 2014
Buena Vista, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 6.3 miles
Four years ago when I climbed Mt Yale, I noticed a sign at the junction of Denny Creek and Delaney Creek that indicated Hartenstein Lake to the left.  Our goal was to the right...a Fourteener on our mind.  But I always wanted to return to explore the lake.The trail to Hartenstein Lake is well-maintained, as makes for a good Sunday walk.  It appears to be well used by equestrians.Hartenstein Lake lies just...
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North Loop, BV Trails
by jimlarkey on Nov 08, 2014
Buena Vista, Colorado, United States
Walking | 2.1 miles
The North Loop is an easy walking trail, part of the Barbara Whipple Trail, in the Buena Vista Open Space Trail system.It was a great day to view the Collegiates, and to take comfort that I have been on the summits of all the Fourteeners I could see.  And, I could share those experiences with my grandson, who was my hiking companion today.The Barbara Whipple Trail is on the east side of,...

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