I live outside Boulder, CO but I’m always trying to get “to Moab.” Utah, that is. The American West is incredibly beautiful, and as a photographer / videographer, I try to capture that beauty on film and share it on this site. During July, 2017, my 16 year old son Kyle and I bikepacked the Colorado Trail. It was epic.
This past Wednesday I rode up from Rollinsville, CO to Rollins Pass and the Continental Divide. This is the former path of the Denver, Northwest and Pacific Railroad. It was used by trains to get over the Continental Divide before the Moffat Tunnel opened in 1928. This road is also called the Moffat Road. David …
A few days ago I was looking at trails from the 4th of July trail head in the Indian Peaks Wilderness near Eldora, Colorado and came upon a blog post about a plane that went down in the area many years ago. From what I saw in my mapping app there is a road, but …
Last year when my son Kyle and I did the Colorado Trail, we had to route around Segment 7 because of wildfire. So I decided to ride it with my friend John Bissert, from Copper to Breckenridge. It’s a technically challenging trail for a bike, with lots of “hike-a-bike” sections particularly near the summit. We …
My 16 year old son Kyle and I bikepacked the 500 mile Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango over three weeks in July, 2017. It was an epic endeavor, and such a memorable experience to have with my kid.
Kyle and I are riding every day preparing to do that trail next month. Check back here for status updates in July. In the meantime, please check out the Colorado Trail Foundation and how you can help.
March 24, 2017
My 16 year old son Kyle and I will attempt to bikepack the Colorado Trail in July. Doing this is a big undertaking with over 500 miles of terrain covered between Denver and Durango. The cumulative elevation gained is over 70,000 feet with over a third of the trail “hike-a-bike” because of steep slopes.
We are both amateur photographers, and I’m into videography, so we’ll be lugging cameras along the way. Kyle will carry his Nikon DSLR, I’ll carry a GoPro Hero5 and Karma gimbal for stabilization, and we’ll both carry iPhone 7+s for the cameras as well as navigation.
Aside from an awesome father/son experience, our goals are to capture the epic beauty of the trail during the height of wildflower season, which peaks in late July and early August. Our plans are to start mid July, and complete the trail in two weeks, which should have us descending into Durango through mountain meadows in the last week of the month. My wife and extended family will join us at a few points along the trail to resupply and we’ll likely rest up a day or two.
We both started a training regimen in January,
and I took my fully loaded bike out when the weather permitted.
A common piece of advice from fellow riders who’ve done the trail is to test our systems (water, cook, sleep) beforehand. During an unusually warm patch of March weather here in Colorado we did just that, and thankfully we did. That story is in my first blog post.
To prep for the Colorado Trail in July, Kyle and I attempted the Kokopelli between Fruita and Moab in April as a warm up.
My wife Cris and I love to explore the world, and have had the good fortune to travel to many interesting places. She worked for Continental Airlines (later acquired by United) when I first met her with a “Marry me, fly free” t-shirt on. Although we don’t fly for free anymore, we try to get out and see a different part of the world whenever we can. I always have my camera on hand and will use this site to share some of the cool things we’ve seen.