Colorado

What I Learned <i>After</i> My Hike Changed Everything – Colorado Trail Epilogue

What I Learned After My Hike Changed Everything – Colorado Trail Epilogue

If you followed my Colorado Trail thru-hike, you know it was fraught with challenges. From a suspected UTI that wasn’t to a fall down a snowbank that almost ended my...

Oct 2, 2023 : Joey Ferguson
Saving the Best for Last – Colorado Trail Thru-HIke, Part 9

Saving the Best for Last – Colorado Trail Thru-HIke, Part 9

Moving further south along the Colorado Trail, our path during the last weeks took us higher by the day. The mountains we traversed were now well above 12,000 feet and...

Sep 29, 2023 : Joey Ferguson
So Long to Hiking Solo – Colorado Trail Thru-Hike, Part 8

So Long to Hiking Solo – Colorado Trail Thru-Hike, Part 8

I spent a week hiking solo after my return to the trail. I came back from my fall with a fresh attitude, determined to complete the trail. By the time...

Sep 27, 2023 : Joey Ferguson
Fear Won’t End My Hike | Colorado Trail Thru-Hike, Part 7

Fear Won’t End My Hike | Colorado Trail Thru-Hike, Part 7

After my fall down the mountain, I headed home from the tiny town of St. Elmo in defeat, rattled by fear and adrenaline. For 3 ½ hours in the car,...

Sep 25, 2023 : Joey Ferguson
I Fell Down a Mountain! Colorado Trail Thru-Hike, Part 6

I Fell Down a Mountain! Colorado Trail Thru-Hike, Part 6

Dusk was gathering as I wedged my tent between willow bushes next to a creek. It wasn’t the ideal spot to camp, right next to the trail, but it would...

Sep 19, 2023 : Joey Ferguson
She Believed She Could So She Did: Finishing the Colorado Trail

She Believed She Could So She Did: Finishing the Colorado Trail

Most probably, I could have finished the Colorado Trail on my own, as I had done nearly all the rest of the trail.  But would it have been as meaningful,...

Sep 18, 2023 : Ruth Morley
What a Crazy Day! Colorado Trail Thru-Hike, Part 5

What a Crazy Day! Colorado Trail Thru-Hike, Part 5

Crystal-clear bluebird skies heralded the start of another beautiful day on the Colorado Trail, perfect for crossing Cottonwood Pass. Monsoon season was here and the afternoon might very well

Sep 15, 2023 : Joey Ferguson
Is Hiking Alone a Mistake? Colorado Trail Thru-Hike, Part 4

Is Hiking Alone a Mistake? Colorado Trail Thru-Hike, Part 4

As I approach the 200-mile mark, my Colorado Trail thru-hike has become a more solitary adventure than I expected. While I always planned on hiking alone, I assumed I'd get...

Sep 12, 2023 : Joey Ferguson
This Trail Could Kill Me – Colorado Trail Thru-Hike, Part 3

This Trail Could Kill Me – Colorado Trail Thru-Hike, Part 3

Feeling invincible is a luxury for the young. I rarely feared for my life as a crazy teenager doing stupid things. When I married at 21 and settled down to...

Sep 8, 2023 : Joey Ferguson
What’s Wrong with Me? Colorado Trail Thru-Hike, Part 2

What’s Wrong with Me? Colorado Trail Thru-Hike, Part 2

Oh no, not again! I just started the Colorado Trail (for the second time). How is it possible to have health issues so soon? Starting Strong My thru-hike attempt started...

Sep 5, 2023 : Joey Ferguson