Chicago Basin

Hiking distance from the Train to the Chicago Basin:  4.5 miles.  Not bad, huh?  No big deal.  Most anyone can walk 4+ miles in an afternoon at a slow pace, right? Oops, I forgot a few pertinent details:  Elevation increase of 2,500ft (to 10,800ft above sea level); 50lb. pack; rain; pouring rain; hail; pouring rain […]

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From Train to Trail

The train ride was a fun experience.  One of the things that impressed me was the personnel operating the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge (D&SNG).  These guys were the “real deal”.  One often finds new technology underneath the covers and behind the facade of today’s replication of the retro.  Not in this case.  This was […]

All Aboard!

July 25, 2011 began a unique experience.  It was the launch of my first backpacking trip, following many months of planning and preparation.  Destination:  The Chicago Basin in the San Juan Mountains between Durango and Silverton, CO.  5 Days and 4 nights communing with nature.  There would be no cell phone access, no computers, no […]

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