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A third-place smooch at 8:15 AM after racing (and crewing) for the previous 20 hours, through the night

Getting after it again: 2015 Year in Review

Fifteen months ago, my bitterness reached its peak. The cause was obvious: for four consecutive years, starting with 2011, I had worked too much and adventured too little. Essentially, I had stopped being me. During the first two years, I wasn’t bothered. My work — mostly guiding, speaking, and writing — was novel and challenging, […]



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Planning an ambitious route in the Colorado high country after the end of September. Think again, or hope to be lucky. Noel in the Gore Range on October 12, 2014.

Motivations: My elk + deer season opens in 2 weeks

Two weeks from yesterday is the start of Colorado’s second rifle season, for which my hunting partner Noel and I both have cow elk and buck deer tags for GMU 29, which encompasses the southern Indian Peaks Wilderness and Boulder’s foothills. I recognize that hunting is not supported by some fraction of my readers, most of […]



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Typical early-fall conditions in the Colorado Rockies: not enough snow to ski, but it's definitely not still summer.

Backpack Hunt Gear List || Colorado Big Game (elk, deer)

Introduction Before scrolling any further down this page, first read prefacing remarks about my gear lists. In mid-October I’ll return to GMU 371 in Colorado’s Gore Range for the First Rifle elk season. Other hunters would describe me as a “backpack hunter,” in that I’m entirely self-sufficient and have a mobile camp; I don’t day-hike out of […]



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Air-drying on the summit of Green Mountain after a 2,650-foot climb with a 45-lb backpack full of bricks (prototype Sierra Designs pack, not yet a top pick). Wearing Salomon Light Short, Salomon Eskape Aero, and Simblissity Levagaiters. Clearly I haven’t spent much time in the weight room recently.

Backpacking training: Three top picks

For the first time since March, I’ve been home for an entire month straight. It’s been awesome, with much more time to spend with Amanda, to take care of the business’s backend, and to run and hike in Boulder’s open space. In specific regards to the latter, I’ve been climbing Green Mountain (8,144′) several times […]



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The Hunter Education Course included 12 hours of instruction, including a 1-hour "live fire" component at a firing range in Erie.

Hunter Education Course Review: a wasted opportunity for CPW to meaningfully educate a first-time hunter

Last month my friend Rob and I took a Hunter Education Course offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). This course is a prerequisite to applying for or buying a hunting license, and it’s taught by volunteer instructors that are trained and certified by CPW. The twelve hours of instruction were split over a Saturday […]



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