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On Top of New Mexico: Wheeler Peak from the Red River Trail

My twelve-year-old son and I started the summer with a failed attempt to hike Wheeler Peak—the highest point in New Mexico at 13,161 feet. The loss was due to poor planning on my part. I didn’t realize that most of the trail was still covered in deep snow in June. Nor did I realize that … Continue reading

Mount Elbert Wins Again

Earlier in the month I attempted to reach the summit of Mount Elbert—the highest point in Colorado, and the second highest in the contiguous United States. Though I made it to the top of the mountain, I didn’t make it to the peak. My wife, who is both an adventurer and a great athlete, was … Continue reading

An Accidental Hike Up Black Cloud Trail

I accidentally took the hardest trail. Again. After recently failing to reach the summit of Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico, my friend and I wanted to try again. But we decided to go for the highest point in Colorado this time.  Mount Elbert is not only the highest mountain in Colorado, but it’s … Continue reading

Six Things I learned from Failing to Reach the Summit of Wheeler Peak

My good friend and I took our two twelve-year-old sons to hike to the top of Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico, on June 5.  Wheeler Peak is in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico near Taos and Red River. At 13,159 feet, it is the highest point in the … Continue reading

A Long, Cold Trip to the Top of Texas

A year and a half ago when I hiked the Guadalupe Peak trail to the highest point in Texas, I didn’t think my son was ready. He complained about short hikes at the time; he sure wouldn’t have liked eight strenuous miles. Also, it was August and I didn’t want him to die from a … Continue reading

South Llano River State Park: Social Distancing at its Finest

The bright side to all the craziness in the world is that we have more free time than normal. For years, my son and I have gone camping every fall, and usually also every spring, but we have been so busy that it has been over a year since we’ve gone. Until this past weekend. … Continue reading

Hiking Basics: What You Do and Don’t Need for a Day Hike

Hiking is a great way to stay in shape, get outside, and see some beautiful places in the world. It’s also easy to get started and requires little gear. Unfortunately, like most things, people like to complicate it. The last thing you need to do is ask what you need on a hiking message board. … Continue reading

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