Monday, July 14, 2014

Riding KLRs Along Highway 119

Here is a quick video of a recent Kawasaki KLR ride along the Peak to Peak Highway, Hwy 119, and some forest service roads in Gilpin County, Colorado.  We got rained on a little on the way back, but overall it was a nice day.

Monday, May 12, 2014

This is Fly Magazine- Free Online Fly Fishing Magazine

For those of you that are fly fisherman, I thought I would point out a great free online fly fishing magazine.  This is Fly is available to view online for free, or you can download the current and past issues for $2.00 each.  I think they do a great job with the photography and articles, especially for a free magazine.  The photo and link below go to the magazine and you can subscribe on their site to get notified when additional issues are published.


Do you have a favorite online fishing magazine?  Let me know in the comment section below.  I'm always looking for good quality online magazines, especially those that are free!

Check out some of my other posts below.  Click on the picture to view the post:
Tips For Safely Releasing Fish

Fly Fishing in Rocky Mountain National Park

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

View of Grays and Torreys from Mt. Quandary

As a follow up to my previous post here: Mt. Quandary Ascent, I wanted to post another photo from the same trip.  Here is a view from the east ridge of Mt. Quandary looking north towards Grays and Torrey's.  This was taken the previous morning before the snow storm moved in.  The snow in the foreground is where we built our snow cave to spend a night.

Photograph View from Mt Quandary by Luke Parr on 500px
View from Mt Quandary by Luke Parr on 500px

Mt. Quandary, Grays and Torreys are all 14ers.  These peaks rise above 14,000 feet above sea level and provide hiking and mountaineering opportunities for all different skill levels.  The popular routes on these three peaks are considered fairly easy climbs and can be done without technical equipment.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mt. Quandary Ascent

Here is a picture of a couple hikers ascending the east ridge of Mt. Quandary in April of 2014.  We spent two nights in a snow cave.  It was the first time that I have built a snow shelter and slept in it.  The temperature stayed a fairly consistent 30-35 degrees, which was about 10-15 degrees warmer than the temperature outside overnight.

The most interesting experience in the snow shelter was the stillness.  Compared to a tent, the snow shelter completely protecting from the wind and noise from the snow storm that hit us the second night.

Photograph Mt. Quandary Snowstorm by Luke Parr on 500px
Mt. Quandary Snowstorm by Luke Parr on 500px

These conditions aren't the easiest to ascend a 14er, but Quandary is a fairly easy climb in the summer.  The trail is fairly well marked and makes for an obvious route to the summit.  

Sunday, February 2, 2014

10 Essentials for Survival

The following is a quick list of items that you should bring with out on any outdoor adventure.  You can never predict when injury or sickness may strike, but having these items can help improve your chances of getting back to civilization after any catastrophe.  

  1. Water
  2. Food
  3. First Aid
  4. Map
  5. Compass
  6. Flashlight or headlamp
  7. Knife
  8. Matches or other firestarter
  9. Extra clothing
  10. Sunscreen

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Giving Away Salmon- 2013

Unfortunately it has been a couple weeks since I last checked the CPW page, but if you can get to the area of Dolores, Colorado this Thursday you can take part in the Kokanee Salmon giveaway.

The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife will be giving away salmon at Joe Rowell Park on November 7, 2013.

Here is a link to the CPW press release:

Check out some more of my posts on Salmon:

Learning To Cacth Salmon
Smoked Salmon Recipe

Want to catch your own salmon?  Check out the video below for some of my favorite lures and info for salmon:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bear Creek Lake State Park Flooding

Thanks to record  amounts of rain hitting northern Colorado in September of 2013, the rivers along the front range grew from small streams and rivers to roaring torrents.  The heavy water flow built over several days and cumulated with the rivers overflowing their banks and hurling debris downstream.

Below are some photos that I took from Bear Creek Lake.  It shows some of the flooding that hit Evergreen and flowed through the town of Morrison.  The dam at Bear Creek Lake was one of three built to help protect Denver from flooding.  Cherry Creek State Park and Chatfield State Park also were built to contain potentially damaging flood waters from overwhelming the city of Denver.

Based on the amount of water that was at the lake, I would say that the dam did the job it was designed for.  The water level rose dramatically over the average height, but output towards Denver was closely managed and released at a level that reduced the chances of flooding.  

Flooding at Skunk Hollow Picnic area, Bear Creek Lake.
Bear Creek Lake flooding from Pelican Point.

Bear Creek Lake flooding from Pelican Point.

These photos were taken with an iPhone 4s in panoramic mode.