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Ouzel Backpacking

It occurred to us  the other day, that for some reason we haven’t been backpacking once yet in Colorado!  Clearly this was unacceptable, so Kelly picked out a nice warm-up outing so we could get our backpacking legs under us for the season.  We booked a spot at Ouzel Lake, which has an upper and lower site.   The lower spots were filled so we settled for the upper sites.  The upper site is a tad farther from the trail-head, though in either case the whole walk would have been roughly 10 miles round trip.  Would have been…

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Flash! Thunder!

Similarly spectacular, but an order of magnitude more perilous, hike number two is in the books for Brian and Kelly in Colorado: Season 2.  Objective hazards don’t really eat at me all that much.  A long climb in no-fall terrain, for example is cut and dry: be careful and don’t fall.  Or storm skiing in the backcountry: stay off the steep slopes or anything attached to a steep slope.  Risk mitigated.  It’s the stuff that you really have no control over – no effective means of mitigation – that freaks me out.

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Castles in the Sky

And now for the real story behind Castle Peak: planning, route-finding and all!  Perhaps surprisingly given how long it all is, the video does not really show a good hunk of the hike.  Nor does it really give much beta, which could be useful down the road.  There were also a few cool pictures which didn’t make it into the video – it was just getting too long.  So here goes…

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