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Quandary Peak 2018 - Colorado, USA

14er hike on 2018-07-07

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Quandary Peak overview

I completed the Quandary Peak hike on July 7th, 2018. It was the 5th 14,000+ foot elevation peak I've done since moving to Colorado. This excursion took me about 3 hours for the 7 mile round trip out and back hike that has about 3,500 feet of elevation gain.

The hike started around 5 am, which was in the dark for about 30 minutes. But it was worth it since I got to the peak and was the only one up there (after passing about 20 people on the way up). I finished around 8 am, and on the way done there was hundreds of people and the parking lots were extremely overflowing with parking along the surrounding roads. This is one of the most popular 14er climbs. The trail is well marked and besides the switchbacks, is generally straight up the ridge of the mountain to the peak. The trail had a mix of some forest, some open flat area, and ended with a rock pile climb, but with a pretty clear path. The views were fantastic up at the top.

Recommend:

  • Start early to get a spot in the lot and avoid the crowds
  • Can complete it with minimal planning since the trail is well marked
  • As always, bring water and snacks with you
  • At the peak, look south and see if you can recognize the Bross, Cameron, Lincoln, and Democrat 14er peaks

Relive video of the hike

link: watch a video and map tour of my hike

Trip Map

Pictures

See this and all the 14er hike pictures on the Facebook Murk Travels photos page - 14ers album.

Sunrise on the hike up
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The top rocky push to the peak
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The summit and elevation shot
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A panoramic of the great view
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Previous 14er hikes:

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Posted by MurkTravels 13:04 Archived in USA Tagged sunsets_and_sunrises nature colorado mountain usa hike 2018 Comments (0)

Tiny homes #2 - 2018 - Colorado USA

back for another year

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Living Small

This is the 2nd year in a row that I've checked out a tiny homes festival. While the one last year was larger and more impressive, there is always great stories to hear about how people can live with an entire house that is often smaller than a couple rooms in most people's homes.

While it was raining part of the day, I got there just after the thunderstorm passed. However, there were still very long lines at some of the larger and expensive models. There was a range of homes from tiny ~65 square ft trailers to shipping containers to yurts.

Pictures

To see more pictures from this event or other events I've attended, check out the folder : MurkTravels Event pictures

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The blue wave / ocean theme trailer
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Some tiny and unique living options:
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Posted by MurkTravels 10:38 Archived in USA Tagged colorado usa festival 2018 tinyhome Comments (0)

Rockies at Coors Field 2017 - Colorado USA

a national pastime

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Colorado Rockies baseball

Every once in a while, you need to get out of work a bit early and catch a sporting event. When I'm in downtown Denver, it's easiest to catch a baseball game at Coors Field. With tickets at $5 to get in the outfield "Rockpile" section, it doesn't break the bank to check out a game (and I feel it doesn't contribute to the over-paid athlete syndrome).

This summer I caught 2 Rockies games at Coors Field. The first was a thriving 5-4 win in the 9th over the NY Mets. The second was a rough 10-4 beating by the Atlanta Braves. One of the games, we won some free beers (hint: keep an eye on the big screen to enter to win) and the other we won some free sandwiches. Both times we witnessed center fielder Charlie Blackmon crush home runs.

Pictures

the main entrance area of Coors Field:
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View from the cheap seats:
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View from the cheap seats and our winnings:
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Blackmon home run!
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Posted by MurkTravels 11:38 Archived in USA Tagged beer baseball colorado Comments (0)

A tiny home adventure 2017 - Colorado USA

big livin' in a small space

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Tiny Festival

We're checking out the Colorado Tiny Home Festival. There will be tiny trailer homes, yurts, shipping container houses, and more.

We're going to learn how to build them, why people choose the tiny lifestyle, ways to simplify your home, and overall minimalist living. Not sure if a tiny home is in our future, but this weekend should give us a good idea.

Pictures

Time to get a tiny bit excited.

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A view of just 1/2 of the festival grounds - there's 16 small homes in the picture (plus I'm standing on the roof of one.

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Just the frame and some imagination.

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Full appliances:

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Tiny trailers (probably only good for a long weekend trip):

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View from the bedroom loft:

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A couple views from the outside:

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Posted by MurkTravels 15:43 Archived in USA Tagged colorado usa festival tinyhome Comments (0)

Democrat-Lincoln-Cameron-Bross 2017 - Colorado USA

Four 14ers in a day

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overview

For those up to the challenge, this is the easiest way to get multiple 14er peaks in one day. Once you make the steep climb up to one of them, then it's just a matter of partially dropping down and climbing back up via the saddles between the peaks, instead of going all the way back down and back up each time. I had previously gone up to the peak of Mt Democrat a few weeks earlier.

These were the first, second, third, and fourth 14ers I hiked. I completed this task on July 22nd, 2017. I started around 6 am and finished around 10am. I ran whatever parts I could.

Recommend:

  • There's a camping site at the trailhead to camp overnight before the climb
  • Be sure to have an off road vehicle with high clearance for the drive up to the trailhead
  • Eat and drink plenty on the way

Trip Map

Pictures

See this and all the 14er hike pictures on the Facebook Murk Travels photos page - 14ers album.

Trailhead:
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Mt Democrat:
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Mt Lincoln:
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Mt Cameron and Democrat:
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Mt Bross
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Links

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Posted by MurkTravels 13:56 Archived in USA Tagged mountains hiking colorado sunrise denver 14er 2017 Comments (0)

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