Suffering Builds Character

If there is one certainty about life working on a Colorado Fourteener, it is that suffering is guaranteed. The hike to the worksite, the weight of the tools and gear, the vital light of the sun that both illuminates and burns, the moisture that can penetrate even the...

A Day in the Life of a Trail Worker

I wake up in my brand new NEMO one person tent, stiff from the previous days of cutting new trail. It’s five in the morning and I am still trying to get used to waking up so early. I drag my chilly day clothes on, and stumble out of my tent, blinking wildly in...

Stumped

I’ll have to admit, when brainstorming a topic for a blog post this early in the season, I was a bit stumped.  Then the lightbulb turned on, and I thought, “stumped!  That’s it, how relevant!”   So over the last week, a few of us on the...

Missouri Loves Company

It’s an ass kicker from the get go. The unassuming aspen grove surrounding the trail head parking lot leads you to believe you might be in for a pleasant hike, but you’d be wrong. You set out with the weight of a rockbar, pack, and yesterday’s...