An in-depth, local guide to the best alpine lake hikes in Colorado.
Backpacking in Colorado is a bucket-list activity for locals and visitors alike. There’s something magical about backpacking in the Rocky Mountains. Green valleys butt against beautiful rocky peaks streaked with snow. Backpacking in the alpine offers stunning beauty and plenty of challenging terrain. I’ve lived in Colorado for over a decade and I’ve had the […]
Gear. It’s intimidating. It’s complicated. It’s personal. It’s expensive. I’ve had a lot of people ask me about gear and getting started. People think that you need to have everything and anything in order to be successful in the backcountry. That’s definitely false. Don’t go running to REI and spend thousands of dollars just yet.
I never thought I’d be that person who had more than one sleeping bag, a backpack for any occasion, and 2 snowboard setups. But alas, it happened and hey, I’m pretty happy about it. However epically awesome “gear mountain” may become, there comes a time where plastic bins just don’t cut it anymore. That time for me was when I was packing for an impromptu backpacking trip and couldn’t find my headlamp. So what did I do? Waited six months until the weather got crappy and got to work fitting out some unfinished space in my basement to show off all my gear by building a DIY gear room. In the end I had one bitching backcountry closet that didn’t break the bank.
Your complete guide to jaw-dropping views, world-class hikes and a variety of lodging options on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
Pristine waters and dramatic peaks make this difficult hike a rewarding overnight backpacking trip.