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  1. Rocky Mountain NP is closed because of the hordes...

    Rocky Mountain NP is closed because of the hordes descending on Estes Park at the end of their day. And yesterday the CO Governor issued basically a lockdown for the entire state through 4/12. So, no...
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    Leadville is like the perfect basecamp. All you...

    Leadville is like the perfect basecamp. All you have to do to acclimatize is be. (it's at 10K feet) It has great coffee and lots of places to explore while you're there. Possibly the highest opera...
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    Yes. Indian Peaks is just so amazingly gorgeous....

    Yes. Indian Peaks is just so amazingly gorgeous. There are actually a couple of permanent snowfields/erstwhile glaciers in that area. Though due to easy access, Brainard Lake has become a zoo over...
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    RMNP is very crowded that time of year, but if...

    RMNP is very crowded that time of year, but if you work a bit you can stay away from crowds. There are multiple entrances and the one with 80% of the traffic is the eastern one near Estes Park.
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  5. Other thing to keep in mind is that many...

    Other thing to keep in mind is that many reservations far ahead of time are made by folks who cancel close to the date. I believe there is a 48 or 72 hour free cancellation policy at the NPS...
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    What Brian said. I've been able to compare above...

    What Brian said. I've been able to compare above treeline locations in the Whites and Rockies in winter- camping here above treeline is a piece of cake by comparison. In my opinion, the combination...
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    Dang, thought Lamoine Beach was our secret. It...

    Dang, thought Lamoine Beach was our secret. It isn't full when the others are, and the sites are great. And my wife requires a hot shower every so often when we camp, and Lamoine has that.
  8. That still works for me, for anything that's...

    That still works for me, for anything that's more or less full leather, with a slight modification to save time and decrease fire hazard: bake boots at 150 F for 15 minutes; take one out and seal it...
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    Actually Devil's Head, where the incident...

    Actually Devil's Head, where the incident occurred, is only about 30 miles from where we live, located in the first row of foothills west of Castle Rock/Sedalia. It isn't a 14er by any stretch, the...
  10. Done the "keys left in the first car not the...

    Done the "keys left in the first car not the spotted car" thing before, but the worst was not bringing pants on a Presi backpack in July. Hypothermia sucks.
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    Only word that hasn't been said already is...

    Only word that hasn't been said already is "blackflies". Hiked the Bigelows first week of June a few years back and they were out in force. May not be as many this year with a later melt-out, but...
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    AT sections are great- really from the...

    AT sections are great- really from the Susquehanna all the way to the NJ border. Bike spotting if you're by yourself is a good way to do it. Do be mindful of the millions of basketball-sized, ankle...
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    I don't know, I'm usually so hungry after 2-3...

    I don't know, I'm usually so hungry after 2-3 days that I'll eat tree bark. I typically have gone with varieties of noodles-n-sauce or rice-n-sauce, with different proteins (tuna, chicken etc) in...
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    Been at Carter in the winter twice. First time...

    Been at Carter in the winter twice. First time temps outside were super-cold (-25 F) so I borrowed a -20 bag. It may have been overkill but I was warm. Second time it was positively balmy and my 0...
  15. Longer, local link here:...

    Longer, local link here: https://www.denverpost.com/2019/02/05/how-runner-killed-mountain-lion-attack-larimer-county/
    Dude must have had beaucoup d'adrenaline for sure. Great thing he turned and saw...
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    I remember that trip report! Learned a lot from...

    I remember that trip report! Learned a lot from your collective experience.
    Not sure what number to say for mine. Couple around 14 hours, but one that included an unplanned night out after getting...
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    Definitely! For whatever reason I've always been...

    Definitely! For whatever reason I've always been a fan of the white-throated sparrow. In the western Maine mountains above treeline and a little into NH (but not much) they sound different, with the...
  18. Adams, not Washington, but on 7/20/2000 or 2001...

    Adams, not Washington, but on 7/20/2000 or 2001 (I know it was 7/20 but forgot the exact year) we were basically falling from rock to rock to move across the summit when winds were sustained in the...
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    One word of caution from a previous winter night...

    One word of caution from a previous winter night hike up Mansfield from Underhill (don't ask, had to do with the solstice timing): Cairns above treeline are small, so don't count on their being...
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    Great topic. I think I discovered my maximum HR...

    Great topic. I think I discovered my maximum HR this summer on a hot bike tour climbing Vail Pass from the west; but a quick stop every couple miles and hydration/electrolytes made it so I was the...
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    Clearly a situation where making camp and...

    Clearly a situation where making camp and spending the night would have been the safer option. :D
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    Not a physical injury, but I discovered real...

    Not a physical injury, but I discovered real hypothermia on a multi-day northern Presi trip in mid to late July about 18 years ago. Rain, high winds, temps in mid 30s and I had no long pants....
  23. Awesome!! Thanks for the great report and it...

    Awesome!! Thanks for the great report and it sounds like you had a fantastic time. Sorry to hear about the splinters.
    People are crazy. 5000 watts to heat your morning coffee. And how can you...
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    Only caveat is on the way back down: my first...

    Only caveat is on the way back down: my first time up Jefferson waaay back when involved an "easy" hike down the Castle trail (which was a bit tough) followed by the infamous Link on a contour back...
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    I'm sure there will be the inevitable enumeration...

    I'm sure there will be the inevitable enumeration of all the things they could have done better, but the footing on whatever trail they were on from that pic looks downright gnarly. I'm sure that...
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