Hiking

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The highest point of the Colorado Trail. 13,271 feet at mile 373.

One of my favorite hobbies, along with programming, is hiking. I’m by no means an expert hiker and have only gotten serious about hiking in the last few years. In 2009, when I moved to southwest Oklahoma, I began frequently day hiking at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is by no means large or nearly as impressive as the Rockies, but it is about as good as it gets in Oklahoma.

During those few years of hiking at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, I began to really enjoy the freedom and challenge of hiking. Over time my hikes got longer and longer. The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is only about 15 miles long so I quickly ran out of new areas to hike. The desire for new hiking areas and bigger hiking challenges eventually led me to begin researching hiking trails across the U.S. It also just happens that during this time I was absolutely fed up with my job. So when I learned about the Colorado Trail, the decision was easy. On August 5, 2013, after quitting my job, I found myself in Denver, CO at the trailhead for the Colorado Trail. I spent 39 days hiking the Colorado Trail and it was one of the hardest and best experiences of my life.

After completing the 500 mile Colorado Trail, I was uncertain that I would attempt another long hike again. I was completely drained. However, after a few months I began to really miss the trail. So I’ll definitely be continuing my hiking adventures! I’m currently researching many different trails across the U.S. I’m particularly interested in hiking some of the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington, the Continental Divide Trail in Montana, and the John Muir Trail in California. I haven’t yet worked up the courage to attempt hiking the full length of a very long trail such as the Pacific Crest Trail or Continental Divide Trail. For now, I’ll just be hiking portions of these trails. Maybe in a few years I’ll attempt a 2000+ mile hike!

There is a page on this site for each of my long hikes. Plenty of shorter hikes won’t get their own page, but I might blog about them. There is also a page listing my current hiking gear.

See you on the trail!


Colorado Trail 2013

Hiking Gear