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Over the years I have really enjoyed the outdoor activities. This has included caving in Indiana; canoeing in the Adirondack Mountains in New York, Algonquin and Quetico Provincal Parks in Ontario, or the streams of New York, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Minnesota; hiking the Adirondack Mtns., the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, or the Rockies of Colorado; and lately skiing the ski areas of Colorado.

Part of hiking in Colorado includes hiking Colorado's highest 54 peaks which are all above 14,000 feet. The picture below is of Torreys and Grays Peaks viewed from Mt. Bierstadt, all of which are 14ers. But hiking shouldn't be just limited to 14ers. While 14ers offer a great challenge, there are lots of peaks of all heights that can be just as challenging or just plain fun. Check out my list of peaks that I have summited. Plus there are lots of hikes that don't involve summiting peaks. Colorado is blessed with some spectacular alpine lakes, fanstastic rock formations, beautiful mountain streams and waterfalls, smoothing forests of pine, spruce, fir and aspen, stunning sand dunes, gorgeous rock canyons and historic places ranging from ghost towns, old mines and centuries old Indian cliff dwellings. Hikes to many of these places are possible, some by short hikes to week long backpacking trips.

Additionally I like to hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. One of these days I might actually hike all of the maintained trails and many of the peaks, but I have a long way to go before that happens. I took the following picture in October, 2001 in RMNP

Skiing, now that has become my wintertime passion. To date I have skied at the following ski areas:

  • Keystone
  • Breckinridge
  • Vail
  • Beaver Creek
  • Loveland
  • A-Basin
  • Copper Mountain
  • Winter Park/Mary Jane
  • Steamboat
  • Durango Mountain
  • Eldora
  • Taos

I started skiing during the winter of '01-'02, and pretty much stuck to the green runs, but I have skied as many as 42 times in one year and now skiing everything at the above mentioned ski areas including double black runs, just no cliffs. No one is going to confuse me for Jeremy Bloom on the moguls, but I have fun doing them. In the next picture is a view of Keystone, although I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking at.

I spent two summers guiding canoe trips for the Boy Scouts of America's Northern Tier High Adventures Charles L. Sommers Wilderness Canoe Base in the North Woods of Minnesota and Ontario, and afterwards have canoed up there rather frequently, however since moving to Colorado I haven't been able to get back there nearly enough. I have canoed many places within the Quetico Provincal Park but Minn Lake, which is pictured below, is one of my favorite areas within the park.

Photo by Chuck Rose.