Monday, November 17, 2014

The first real snowfall of the season. Bring it on!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Wetterhorn Basin

Wetterhorn Peak
I left after work on a Friday afternoon and drove over Owl-Creek Pass to the West-Fork of the Cimmarons. Then hiked into Wetterhorn basin as the sun fell to the west, illuminating the east face of Wetterhorn peak and the golden fields of the basin. The following day I climbed Wetterhorn peak.
It was a perfect weekend to get into the Uncompahgre wilderness and enjoy the high country.

wetterhorn star trails

alpenglow campsite

west fork w/Courthouse & Chimey Rock on left

a good day to be on top of a mountain

down climbing Wetterhorn

down climbing with Uncompahgre peak in background

Chimney Rock and Courthouse mt.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bhairavi Devi

"The Goddess Bhairavi Devi with Shiva" Attributed to Payag ca. 1630-35 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer Photos 1

Pearl St. Boulder, CO

Iron Man Boulder

Peter Rowan

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ice Lake Basin and Island Lake

Island Lake (my green tent on the left)

I finally made it to Island Lake and Ice Lakes Basin for a overnight backpacking trip last weekend, this is a spectacular wilderness area only an hour drive from Ridgway. I camped out above Island Lake and then hiked out the next day. I hope to go back and spend some more time and climb some of the peaks in the area. It is easy to access the area and is a very popular hiking destination in the summer months.
Island lake is known as the Hajinai (Place of Emergence) to the Navajo Indians, according to Navajo legend it is here that they emerged from the underworld and where the spirits of the dead return. The water is turquoise-blue and there is a small island in the center of the lake which is surrounded by four peaks.

Upper Ice Lakes Basin

Ice Lake

Ridgway Summer Concert

Saturday, July 5, 2014

conundrum 2014

I recently returned from a weeklong retreat at Conundrum hot springs. This will be my fourth summer in a row that I have spent some time here. It has become a very popular backpacking destination so probably not an ideal spot for a meditation retreat. Nonetheless Conundrum remains a special place and I had a great week. Due to the amount of snow I was unable to explore much higher than the hot springs, was hoping to climb some peaks and go for long day hikes higher in the basin. Without the gear this was not really possible so spent most of the time around my campsite and the Springs,  I also hiked down to Aspen for a night and saw Steve Winwood play at the Aspen Jazz Fest on Summer Solstice.
If you plan a trip to Conundrum please dispose of your waste responsibly, don't bring your dog or make camp fires. Let us respect this sacred place for all to enjoy :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Living in the South West - Mountains and Desert

It has been a good winter here in the San Juan's. Have been able to take some small adventures to New Mexico and Utah, here are some photos from the past few months. 

Ridgway, CO

Valley View hot springs - San Luis Valley, CO

Shivaratri, Taos NM 

Ouray Ice Fest
Valley View Hot Springs

Dead Horse Point, Utah


Moab, Utah