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Oct 4, 2016 11:01 PM # 
Didn't know you were back in CO/NM. Read the first line and wondered what rain/snow noise you'd be hearing in STL.... Have a great trip!
Oct 5, 2016 5:02 AM # 
Yeah, likewise! Sounds like you're too far away to make it to our meet in Nederland on Saturday...
Oct 5, 2016 12:44 PM # 
I got a great friend in Buena Vista you should stop by and visit. Call me if interested. He would love to show u his place!
Oct 5, 2016 6:39 PM # 
matzah ball:
thanks guys. having enough trouble just keeping to my straight and narrow path. but hope to visit CO more often. maybe next time! 1 days drive doesnt seem so killer any more, not w that carrot dangling in front of me.
Oct 6, 2016 11:31 AM # 
Ha ha! Us flatlanders forget that up in the mountains, dangerous conditions can quickly develop...even in the middle of summer!

One day while biking with Ride the Rockies, our route took us over Lizard Head Pass (10 000'+) on our way over the Sangre de Christos, from Cortez to Telluride. A storm suddenly descended on us, and there were 5000+ cyclists slowly cranking over that pass in winter conditions. I made it; many others didn't. Afterward, I soaked in the steaming hot shower of a Telluride high school gym for an hour, thawing my frozen hands and feet. Many others had to be rescued.

Your self-rescue seems even more heroic. Congratulations for analyzing the situation and taking action in a timely manner!
Oct 6, 2016 8:21 PM # 
matzah ball:
not heroic just prudent. but a tougher, better equipped or more experienced person might have waited for it to blow over. So, no more bivy sack. at least in a tent you can move around, etc.
Oct 7, 2016 4:08 PM # 
Well you never know. You also could have received 8" of early-season snow. Which would have made it very difficult and dangerous to try to get out. And then blood sugar declines, exhaustion slows you down even more, and hypothermia sets in...

The nice thing about a bivy sack is that it is lightweight, easily carried, and you can break camp in a hurry and get down the mountain. Well done.
Oct 7, 2016 9:41 PM # 
matzah ball:
good points,my feet and hands were freezing as it was. they do now make ul tents that weigh hardly more than a biv. but i think my style is to try to travel light, find short approaches, and try to do it all in a day. it was a good toughening exercise though.
Oct 8, 2016 4:19 PM # 
Well done than!
Oct 8, 2016 4:30 PM # 
Enjoying reading your adventures out west. Glad to hear you are staying safe.
Oct 8, 2016 7:56 PM # 
matzah ball:
bbrooks, I got on a couple of those maps you sent me. Thanks so much and I will try to make it to some RMOC meets in the future!
Oct 9, 2016 10:04 AM # 
... but i think my style is to try to travel light, find short approaches, and try to do it all in a day....

Too bad. From my own solo experiences, there is a wonderful feeling of jubilation and spiritual renewal when you hike out into the wilds...and stay there, completely self-sufficient, for at least one night.

When the sun finally comes up after your first night, and dawn breaks in this beautiful natural paradise, the sense of gratitude and joy for being alive is like nothing else. Way to go.
Oct 9, 2016 7:59 PM # 
Yay! If you're still in the Canon City area, check out the trails at Oil Well Flats.
Oct 12, 2016 2:34 PM # 
matzah ball:
chi, if only the sun comes up and the dawn breaks:)! bb, thats amazing - canon city itself is undistinguished, but for run training is a great opportunity with oak creek campground at 7800' only 12 miles away. On my list for return visits, with Oil Well Flats tour. Thanks for the tip.

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