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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 that turn down that road with the sign “National Forest Access” or “Recreation Area” or “<name> Lake/Reservoir/whatever”. Sometimes it’s looking at a map for an area you want to explore, or an area you’ve never been to that you want to check out.

I find that often, 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. If you find one of these artifacts, is important to respect them, and practice leave no trace principles. Leave the wilderness better than you found it, build good karma (if you believe in that) by taking a moment to grab trash you find, or clean up a fire pit.

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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. Yet while even more Americans are seeking the outdoors, many only ever get the spoon-fed version of wild America, and never venture far from pavement, or what the tourist brochures point to. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I think it’s a shame how many people miss out on everything else America has to offer. Make no mistake, though, it takes the desire, the motivation, and the willingness to seek out adventure. 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 America the Beautiful has to offer. Being immersed in nature and feeling free is both good for mental health as well as recreation. There is nothing more liberating than getting out of the house and going on an adventure, oftentimes on a whim. And somehow balancing that with all your responsibilities.

This blog is about the road less-traveled, as well as, sometimes, the more-traveled. There are many areas featured here which are remote and wild, and where you may or may not run into other people. Know that it is your responsibility to do your research, know your limits, and stay safe out there. As awesome as it is, 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 resource I use Experience makes a huge difference. Not every place featured on this blog is suitable for the inexperienced. Happy adventuring!

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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.

About Me

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Obligatory pretentious selfie. Taken while snowshoeing St. Elmo

My name is Sam, the creator and owner of this blog. I’m one of those so-called Colorado Natives, and I grew up camping, hiking, and being outdoors. I was always drawn to being in nature and the outdoors, partly because I experienced it growing up, but also because I’m drawn to it and enjoy it. My journey so far has been a learning experience. It has been  fun, challenging, rewarding, and spiritually enlightening. I’ve been stuck offroading, tired climbing mountains, and everything in between. I’ve accidentally hydrolocked my engine offroad, and through persistence drove out of there in a handful of hours. The point is, I’ve kept coming back to this lifestyle even after being faced with, and overcoming, challenges. I love this lifestyle, and am fortunate to have found a group of friends who love it as well.

I was originally inspired to write this blog because of my experience on the White Rim trail. There is nothing like it, anywhere else in the world. The White Rim is an experience like no other, it is enlightening, and makes you fully realize the power and permanence of the great outdoors. It was stressful at times, getting to the campsite with daylight running low, and rewarding, and relieving when we were finally back on pavement.

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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.

Make no mistake, there are many people who have experienced this lifestyle, of the “backwoods wanderer”. I know I’m not the first to visit any of the places I’ve featured here, nor will I be the last. No matter how remote, a testament to mankind’s desire to explore is the fact that so much of the wilderness has been explored by free spirits, long before modern technology even existed. Exploring and adventuring isn’t just an activity, it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle which many have pursued, and one which many have yet to pursue. It is my hope here to shine a light on that lifestyle. Thank you for reading.

 

I hope you enjoy.

-Sam

 

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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.