Cottonwood Pass Road closed in 2018

This 2018 road closure will affect many who will travel The Colorado Trail (CT). West of Buena Vista and affecting all CT Collegiate West (CW) travelers the entire 2018 trail season, Cottonwood Pass Road will be closed. NOT A HARDSHIP FOR MOST CT USERS. While this will impact CT users, primarily those traveling the CW, […]

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Training for a long hike

Super important, training beforehand ups your likelihood of success. Hike hills (even stairs) up and down. Ramp up mileage & elevation. Ease into carrying your pack, increasing the weight. Tread on irregular trail surfaces (if possible). Train your feet and dial your footwear. Strengthen your ankles, legs, butt and back. Overnight with your gear and […]

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Focus On Footwear

Very important during training for Colorado Trail trips, that you dial-in your shoes (and socks). Avoid blisters if you can; they make hiking much harder to enjoy. Find the right fit, roominess, and breathability (etc) that works best for your feet. Well in advance of your trip, try different shoes until you have some winners. Then […]

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Trail marker nearly engulfed in snow.

Snowpack Norms

TRAIL TIP TUESDAY…SNOWPACK FREE, WHEN..? No sure thing, but Colorado Trail experience gives us date guidance. Here’s when different places on the CT might be ‘snowpassable,’ meaning not too arduous or hazardous: Segs 1-3: mid-May Segs 4, 5, 11, 14, 17, 18: mid-June Segs 6-10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19-28: July 1st Segs CW01-CW05: early-mid July

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