Backpacking the Continental Divide

The Continental Divide. The backbone of our continent, where the waters running off the eastern slopes drain into the Atlantic and those going west drain into the Pacific Oceans. The location of our latest backpacking adventure. My longtime climbing and backpacking partner Joe and his wife Sara met me in southern Colorado over the FourthContinue reading “Backpacking the Continental Divide”

Rios Homestead, Big Bend Ranch State Park

It’s February, the weather is in the 80’s (above normal, even for the Big Bend), so let’s go take a hike! My high school buddy, Walt, is in town and we’re heading out for a day hike through a small region in Big Bend Ranch State Park, a remote state park in the Texas ParksContinue reading “Rios Homestead, Big Bend Ranch State Park”

Glenn Springs, Big Bend National Park

This past weekend, Jodie & I hooked the camper to the Jeep and headed down to our favorite backyard location, Big Bend National Park. Our goal for this trip was to drive the Glenn Springs Road/Black Gap Road/River Road backcountry roads in our Jeep Rubicon, which we have not yet done in this vehicle (afterContinue reading “Glenn Springs, Big Bend National Park”

High Uintas Wilderness

The Uinta Mountains are the highest east-west oriented mountain range in the U.S.  They are located in the extreme northeast corner of Utah, and extend into Wyoming, and are a sub-range of the Rocky Mountains.  They contain the highest peak in Utah, Kings Peak, at 13,528 feet.  I last backpacked in these mountains in 2004,Continue reading “High Uintas Wilderness”

Blood Marks the Trail

If you love the outdoors, and especially the desert outdoors, then you have probably read Edward Abbey, and in particular, Desert Solitaire.  The line in that book that has forever branded itself into my psyche reads, “In the first place you can’t see anything from a car; you’ve got to get out of the goddamned contraptionContinue reading “Blood Marks the Trail”