Hiking

Hiking



  As a Colorado native, I'm lucky that I have always had the Colorado mountains to hike in. As a boy I often spent time with my grandfather on fishing trips in the Colorado mountains. These trips usually included walks through the forests as we found our way to a fishing spot. I always enjoyed the sights, sounds and smells of the forest as we journeyed. I don't believe we ever went hiking for hiking sake, as we usually had fishing as our purpose, but I believe these excursions with my grandfather were the foundation of a lifelong love for hiking the outdoors. I Also hiked and backpacked with the scouts as a young boy learning some of the basic outdoor do's and don'ts. In my late teens and early twenties I often backpacked with friends into the back country. We would spend days exploring mountain trails, discovering old mining camps and fishing high mountain lakes. Sometimes we would plan a hike that would take us to the summit of a high mountain peak. In my early thirties I joined the Colorado Mountain Club and enjoyed hiking with groups of people that had similar skill levels. I have taken several classes that taught basic mountaineering, orienteering and survival skills. I have had many other hobbies and pastimes over the years, but always seem to come back to hiking the Colorado outdoors.


  Recently, I have enjoyed the company of my four legged friend Molly while I hike. Molly is a Australian/German Shepard mix that loves to hike. She can travel for hours on the trail and is very agile, able to easily move through any terrain. Molly has lots of energy and needs to be exercised daily, so we spend time every day walking a portion of the 60 miles of trails in our community. On the weekends we will usually find a trail in a mountain park and make a day of hiking. On an average, we walk/hike 1100 miles of trail a year.


  When we hike as a team of three, that is my wife Sonja, my dog Molly and myself, we will often hike on the easier trails. I usually limit the elevation gain and the distance so that my wife can hike comfortably without over doing it. When hiking as a group it's always a good idea to gauge the hike to the least experienced and physically fit person on the team. Doing this will ensure that all members have an enjoyable day hiking in the wilderness. I have taken my wife on a hike that was to long or to steep and felt really bad when she was suffering. Those hikes aren't fun for anyone. I really do enjoy the easier hikes with my family as the relaxed pace gives me more time to take pictures, view wildlife and enjoy the company of the ones I love the most.


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