July 1 — Boulder, CO

I just returned from finishing the Colorado Trail, which runs 478 miles between Denver and Durango through some of the most spectacular scenery in the state (and the country). I finished in 15 days and 4 hours, averaging about 31.4 miles per day.

Starting out I was a little unsure as to whether I wanted to spend more than 2 weeks by myself when in another 6 weeks I will be starting a 12-month solo hike. But I had an absolutely awesome time — and I now can’t wait to get hiking again on the Sea-to-Sea in early-August. The CT was everything that I hoped it would be: an opportunity to see parts of Colorado that I have never seen before, to refine my gear and develop efficiency-maximizing systems, and to get in good “hiking shape.”

I have posted my gear list, many of my pictures, and my daily mileages on the Colorado Trail 2004 page.

My last day of work at GoLite was June 11 and this Sunday I am leaving Colorado — sniff, sniff — for Massachusetts, stopping along the way for a week’s vacation with college teammates on a remote lake in Ontario. After I get home it will be full-time C2C planning, which is essentially done but which can be never-ending.

Posted in on July 1, 2004

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