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The Canyonlands of Utah, USA, are like no other land on Earth. Striking cliffs towering above the desert conjure images of the wild west, and are the exemplar of untamed nature at its finest. Above: the view of Canyonlands National Park from Needles Overlook.

 

About This Blog

This blog is an outdoor adventure and photography blog. Its purpose is to cast a light on a lifestyle that revolves around being a free spirit, and willing to seek adventure. Even for those who already enjoy the outdoors, I hope to inspire you to seek out new and novel areas, step outside your comfort zone, and grow as a person and as an adventurer. Many of the areas featured here have a plethora of opportunities for recreation.

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Nokhu Crags, a striking 12,140ft just south of Cameron Pass in Northern Colorado. The northernmost peak of the Never Summer Mountains, Nokhu Crags is a testament to the wild and rugged Rocky Mountains of North America.

It is often said that modern Americans are increasingly out of touch with the land. This blog is about a lifestyle which immerses you in nature, and where you experience feeling of freedom, of being truly free, of being able to go wherever you want, and do whatever you want. Here, the lines between civilization and the wilderness are often blurred; it is possible to be dozens of miles from the nearest town, yet stumble upon artifacts left by pioneers long past. Sometimes it’s as simple as making the decision to explore something new, even in an area you’ve visited numerous times before.

The industries which built the West are often the reason access to so many areas now used for recreation and immersion in the outdoors exists. There are numerous artifacts of the rich Western past scattered throughout our public lands. If you find one of these artifacts, is important to respect them, and practice leave no trace principles. It is good practice to leave our outdoors better than you found it by taking a moment to grab trash.

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The Peak-to-Peak Highway is a gorgeous drive and conveniently located close to the Front Range Urban Corridor. Recreational opportunities are plentiful along this 55 mile winding mountain road; one which is only found in Colorado, USA.

The aim of this blog is to simply document many of these areas that are less-traveled, and which provide so many opportunities not everyone gets to have. It takes the desire, the motivation, and the willingness to seek out adventure and novelty. Not everyone has this trait, it can be instilled in many, but some are naturally drawn to it. My hope here is to help shine a light on what our beautiful public lands has to offer. There is nothing more liberating than getting out of the house and going on an adventure, oftentimes on a spur of the moment.

There are many areas featured on this blog which are remote and wild, and where you may or may not run into other people. Many of my posts contain a bit about the history of the area, e.g. why it exists and what the area was used for in times past.

 


A Small Disclaimer

Know that it is your responsibility to do your research, know your limits, and stay safe out there. Do not rely solely on this blog for your own trip preparation. It’s meant to be a reference in addition to your own trip planning materials. I have included in the sidebar of many posts resources to help prepare your own adventure. I’ve also provided information about what kinds of trip planning resources I personally use. Experience makes a huge difference. Not every place featured on this blog is suitable for the inexperienced. If you are experienced in the outdoors and would like to give me feedback or advice about what resources you use, want to recommend an area, or share some divine revelation, I look forward to hearing your comments.

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A short hike to the top of this ridge on Old Flowers Road provides an excellent view of the departing storm clouds over the Mummy Range. Many roads like Old Flowers exist in Colorado, and the industries which built the West are often to blame for their existence.

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On the camping trip to Hohnholz Lakes, we decided stacking rocks was a great idea before we left. I wonder what the next people to get to this campsite thought of it.

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Only on the White Rim is a photo like this possible. This wasn’t even staged, I simply captured the moment, the frame of my buddy who decided to venture out onto one of the many towering sandstone structures, which have persisted through hundreds, if not thousands, of years. The White Rim was an experience like no other, and one which makes you realize the power, and permanence, of nature and its faculties.