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Colorado Trail 2013
by TexasChinooks.com on Jun 27, 2013
Colorado Trail, Colorado, United States
Backpacking | 202 miles
There are a couple of portions missing in the first few days because of well...oops...I kept forgetting to turn it back on after breaks.202 miles in 16 days.  Arya the Chinook walked with me for the first 5 days and my husband met me at trailheads.  The next three days I walked with my Venturing Crew and we did the section way down in the South between Molas Pass and Silverton.  The...
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20130719 Cedar Ridge Preserve
by TexasChinooks.com on Jul 19, 2013
Cedar Ridge Preserve, Texas, United States
Backpacking | 9.1 miles
WOOT!!!!! DONE!!!! Arya finished 107 miles today and has completed her Excellent Pack Dog Certification.Arya had 3 miles to go on her certification but you have to do it in 10 miles increments so this morning I got up early and knocked it out.  Something happened when I imported it into Basecamp.  It shows I only did 9.1 miles but my GPS said I did 10.2 miles so I'm counting it as...
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Colorado Trail with Arya
by TexasChinooks.com on Jun 27, 2013
Colorado Trail, Colorado, United States
Backpacking | 39 miles
Miles Remaining to Certification = 50.3June 27th, 2013 - 12.9 milesElevation Gain :  1,313 = 1 extra mileJune 29th, 2013 - 12.6 milesElevation Gain : 2420 = 2 extra milesJune 30th, 2013 - 17.9 milesElevation Gain:  994 feet = UGH!  I could have jumped the six feet I needed to make 1000Miles Remaining to Certification = 3.3 milesPack Weight : 14.8 pounds Since Cliff carried food for Arya and we met each night,...
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2013 Colorado Trip Crew 445
by TexasChinooks.com on Jul 07, 2013
Silverton, Colorado, United States
Backpacking | 29 miles
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Caney Creek Buckeye Trail Arkansas
by TexasChinooks.com on May 29, 2013
Ouachita Forest, Arkansas, United States
16.6 miles
I didn't think I would have enough to write about when I started this. HA! Sorry.Our Venturing Crew is planning a 4 night backpacking trip in Colorado this July so I planned a trip to Caney/Buckeye to give them a taste of multi-night backpacking. I took my two kids who have done some one night backpacking and one of our Scouts who had never been backpacking before. We have tried to an...
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Caney Creek Buckeye Trail Arkansas
by TexasChinooks.com on May 29, 2013
Mena, Arkansas, United States
Backpacking | 16.6 miles
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Leah's First Hike with Pack
by TexasChinooks.com on May 23, 2013
River Oaks, Texas, United States
Backpacking | 2.4 miles
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Palo Duro Canyon Light House Mother's Day Hike
by TexasChinooks.com on Oct 24, 2008
Lake Tanglewood, Texas, United States
Hiking | 15.1 miles
Total Miles: 18.49 Arya's Pack Weight: 15.2 poundsMiles Left to Certification: 67.51It bothered me last night that the mileage on my download was so much lower than the mileage shown on my trip computer while on the trail.  Turns out that I had the “take a reading” setting set to ¼ mile so it didn’t catch all those switchbacks we were walking and basically showed us walking up the mountain “as the crow flies”…straight up.  I pulled...
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20130506 Eagle Rock Loop
by TexasChinooks.com on May 03, 2013
Albert, Arkansas, United States
Backpacking | 26 miles
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Palo Duro Lighthouse
by TexasChinooks.com on Apr 13, 2013
Canyon, Texas, United States
Hiking | 6.5 miles
Arya had to sit out this hike since her feet were sore.  We rolled out of our tents, ate, and were on the trail before it had a chance to get hot.  I hiked most of this trail yesterday but today we (North Texas Outdoors Meet-up Group) are going all the way to the top of the Lighthouse. The trip up the main trail is a slow incline and wide enough in most...
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Palo Duro Canyon Rock Garden
by TexasChinooks.com on Apr 13, 2013
Palo Duro Canyon, Texas, United States
Backpacking | 0.9 miles
This doesn't look like much but man was it a hard climb at 300 feet in 9/10ths of a mile.  I forgot to turn the map program back on after our break but all we did was go back down so just double the distance to make it 1.8 miles.This was just a trial hike to see if Arya could walk in her new shoes.  She walked funny for the first half...
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Palo Duro Canyon Day Givens Spicer Lowry Trail
by TexasChinooks.com on Apr 12, 2013
Canyon, Texas, United States
Hiking | 8.7 miles
Husband, Arya, and I drove six hours to reach this park to meet up with our Meet-Up Group, North Texas Outdoors.  We arrived before everyone else and it was cool (around 75 degrees) so I decided to take a hike on a couple of trails while Cliff roamed around the park taking photographs.Cliff dropped us off at the Trail Head for the Givens, Spicer, Lowrey running trail.  The first mile involved a...
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Lost Maples 3/29/2013
by TexasChinooks.com on Mar 29, 2013
Vanderpool, Texas, United States
Backpacking | 13.4 miles
I thought this park was so beautiful that I decided we'd make the 6 hour drive and visit this place again with my photographer and son with us this time.Lost Maples' "Texas Mountains" are some of the best in the state. Not as high or challenging as the Guadalupe mountains but there is plenty of water to drink so this is a good training location before you start moving out of the...
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Cross Timbers Trail Lake Texoma
by TexasChinooks.com on Mar 18, 2013
Backpacking | 16.3 miles
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Lost Maples
by TexasChinooks.com on Mar 13, 2013
Vanderpool, Texas, United States
Backpacking | 11.6 miles
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20130306 Weekly Wednesday Walk
by TexasChinooks.com on Mar 06, 2013
Mansfield, Texas, United States
Backpacking | 3.3 miles
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Cedar Ridge Preserve Family Hike
by TexasChinooks.com on Mar 01, 2013
Dallas, Texas, United States
Backpacking | 4.7 miles
We didn’t make our full five miles on this hike so it doesn’t count towards our certification but it was a good endurance hike for the kids. Gave me the opportunity to demonstrate hiking physics --- What goes Down must go Up. There were a lot of really intense ups and downs. If you click on the statistics button you will see our elevation changes.  The blue line on the chart is our...
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Weekly walk
by TexasChinooks.com on Feb 27, 2013
Mansfield, Texas, United States
Backpacking | 2.3 miles
This is just the weekly walk I take with my pack while the kids are in PE.  The zig-zag lines are me walking up and down a hill several times.I wore a 46 pound pack and Arya carried nothing since I think she needed a break.
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River Legacy
by TexasChinooks.com on Feb 25, 2013
Arlington, Texas, United States
Backpacking | 6.0 miles
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Cedar Ridge Practice Hike
by TexasChinooks.com on Feb 24, 2013
Grandprairie, Texas, United States
Backpacking | 7.1 miles
Today's practice hike will be a counter-clockwise tour of the preserve.  We averaged about 2 miles per hour and I felt like we were doing good time so that may just be my hiking speed.Arya was wearing 12.1 pounds and I was carrying 38 pounds.  We hiked 7.1 miles in 3 hours & 13 minutes.  We started at 10:42 am (temperature 58) and finished at 2:15pm (67 degrees).Met a grandprairie fireman on...

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