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Old 02-15-2016, 11:31 AM   #1
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2017 Colorado High Country Adventure

I have opened my Colorado Atlas and have enough to forge another Rocky Mountain Adventure. This time Colorado High Country west of the Front Range.

Elevation might be a consideration for some.

Acclimate at the Chatfield State Park with 189 full and electrical sites. This is about 5,200 feet and a wonderful large reservoir and an unobstructed view of the Rocky Mountains in their morning glory. I found "Reserve America" is available to make reservations as time nears in 2017.

Maybe... TWO ten day Adventures. If interest develops.

June 2017 (for those with kids for Summer Vacation)
August 2017

Again... Off the Grid and Base Camping is the primary objective.

Yes. There is plenty of time to plan and prepare. I expect some of those interested at first that might not be able to attend. That is expected and will have a flexible number of trailers/other in mind after I pinpoint campsites this year for capacity and scattered camp sites.

Anyone in Colorado High Country who wants to help put some accessible site(s) together can contact me in Castle Rock, CO. I am in the telephone directory or PM me on the Airforum.

This will be a bit different that Wyoming, as there are more towns in Colorado. Tourism will also be a part of the Colorado Adventure... but emphasis of passing through, spending several hours in town... and to the next Base Camp.

A bit higher elevation. A bit cooler at night. A bit more morning humidity followed by dry, hot sunny days is the norm.

IF you are determined to make this Adventure... the word is out.

IF a 2016 date can be fitted into our planning... the Early Birds get first chance to listen to John Denver and his ballads in America's Switzerland!
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Old 02-15-2016, 12:04 PM   #2
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As a Colorado native one of my favorite places will always be the headwaters of the Rio Grande.
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Old 02-15-2016, 12:19 PM   #3
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Count me in for August 2017.


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Ray, we had planned to do a CO loop last year but ended up going 15,000 miles in other directions! So yeah, I might be interested in some altitude in the home latitudes. And would prefer to include some lakeside locations in the mix. And although I know of a few remote places, so do a lot of other people, which means it might be a big surprise showing up with a group. May have to include some USFS sites where some spots can be reserved individually, or for a group.
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Sign Connie and me up, assuming we don't get eaten by a rabid Sasquatch on the Wyoming trip this August.
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Ray, I would like to give this a try, although I will use O2 to tolerate higher altitudes. My philosophy...nothing ventured....nothing gained. Being in Colorado, if I find it too arduous, I can go to lower elevation to camp. (Hope you won't mind a lil' 'ol white haired lady tag along). August sounds reasonable. Evelyn.
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Ray, if a 2016 Colorado trip becomes possible...I would assume , prior to the Wyoming trip? I may be interested in that, as well as the 2017 adventure. I do plan to do some camping in Colorado prior to our trip in August and September to JH, WY, then on to Oregon.
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Ray, I would like to give this a try, although I will use O2 to tolerate higher altitudes. My philosophy...nothing ventured....nothing gained. Being in Colorado, if I find it too arduous, I can go to lower elevation to camp. (Hope you won't mind a lil' 'ol white haired lady tag along). August sounds reasonable. Evelyn.
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The highest elevation would be driving through Leadville, CO at 10,000 feet and down hill from there.

Colorado and Wyoming have enough to make THREE individual ten day adventures for different parts of each State. If anything comes up earlier... it will find its way on the Airforum. I prefer to drive less and explore more...
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Thanks Ray, Brent, your beautiful spouses, and Maggie; Jan and I are open for late June or early July of 2016 and would like to also join you all in 2017 in the mile high country (would this be an old timers " mile high club").
These posts are a kick in the pants to read and get to the subtle philosophy and underlying meaning woven throughout. Thank you. AEW
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Ray, you cannot tag along....for, you and Nancy are the leaders! Silly man!
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Ray, you cannot tag along....for, you and Nancy are the leaders! Silly man!
I sure do not recall taking on that much responsibility.

I consider myself and unifreck as involved bystanders, with someone more involved than most. We are all equally responsible for ourselves on these trips and if things go well... I will take credit for those parts.
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I have always noticed that when things don't go right, the trip is more memorable. Shelly and I are in on this one.
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Ray, I promise I will 'babysit' any of you who cannot handle the rigorous terrain, (while I rest and recuperate!) LOL!

Actually, I am much too independent to be dependent on anyone. The difference in this situation...you folks are much more knowledgeable on some subjects than many of us. The rest of us are never too old to learn from you youngsters. Haha!
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