Special Event Walks

This is a listing of my special event walks. Other walks are categorized as metropolitan if they're in a big city, or open space recreational if they're not such of a big production.

Badlands National Park

South Dakota

29 May 2000

South Dakota: Badlands National Park 29 May 2000 640x480
South Dakota: Matthew's Mom and sister Kate at Badlands National Park 29 May 2000 640x480

I went to walk in the Badlands National Park in May 2000, right after I finished my second co-op job in Long Island. Since the official walking Regular Exercise Program started only a few months earlier, this was one of my first real outdoor walks, and a precursor to Pike's Peak. The best way to summarize walking in the Badlands is: a whole lot of nothing! You just walk from reflector post to reflector post.

Pike's Peak Ascent

Manitou Springs, CO

25 August 2000

Matthew and Mark starting the boulder field on the Pike's Peak Ascent 25 August 2000 640x480

The Pike's Peak Ascent via Barr Trail is one of the longest and most challenging hikes I've ever been on. I literally flew in from Sea Level, NY, and walked up Pike's Peak one Saturday morning with my mother and brother. When we got to the top, we purchased $8 cheeseburgers. I picked up a souvenir mug, and we took the train down. Memorable quote: He's doing just fine! Next year, we walked to and from treeline, but we stopped about 3 miles short of the peak.

I would really like to do this walk again sometime in the fall of 2003 or spring of 2004.

Bear Peak

Boulder, CO

3 August 2003 - Present

Boulder from Bear Peak 3 August 2003 1024x768
The other side of the Flatirons from Bear Peak 3 August 2003 1024x768

After I had hiked up Royal Arch countless times, my roommate Graham suggested that I try a different walk, and he named Bear Peak. The hike was completely worthwhile: it was the first time I was high enough to see over the Flatirons. Now I know what's on the other side! This is a pretty long walk, especially from my front door. I refuse to drive to trailheads. It's about a 4 hour roundtrip hike.

Boulder from Bear Peak (under the clouds) 30 August 2003 1024x768
This is why they call it Fern Canyon 30 August 2003 1024x768

Keeping up with my no-excuses no-exceptions policy, I was not about to let a rainstorm on 30 August 2003 stop me from walking to the top again. It was nice and cool, and seemed much easier than in the 90-degree heat from the previous time I walked to the top. But the view of Boulder was much less interesting.

Here's a photograph clearly showing why one of the trails to Bear Peak is called Fern Canyon.

Pawnee Pass

Roosevelt National Forest, CO

6 September 2003

Pawnee Pass: Steve, Melissa, and Natalie 6 September 2003 1024x768
Pawnee Pass: Melissa, Natalie, and Matthew 6 September 2003 1024x768

On 6 September 2003, Steve Bethard, Natalie Rooney, Melissa Dawe and I walked up Pawnee Pass, part of the Indian Peaks range of mountains and the Roosevelt National Forest. It was pretty cool when we started, and it rained lightly for most of the way. By the time we got to the top, it wasn't raining, it was freezing raining and snowing. The walk was absolutely fantastic. The ascent was 4 miles in length, and the entire trip required about 6 hours.

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Pawnee Pass 6 September 2003 1024x768
Pawnee Pass 6 September 2003 1024x768
Pawnee Pass: Melissa, Natalie, and Steve 6 September 2003 1024x768
Pawnee Pass: Matthew 6 September 2003 1024x768
Pawnee Pass 6 September 2003 1024x768
Pawnee Pass 6 September 2003 1024x768
Pawnee Pass 6 September 2003 1024x768
Pawnee Pass: Long Lake, back at the bottom 6 September 2003 1024x768
Pawnee Pass: Matthew's Cool New Boots 6 September 2003 1024x768

One other thing: I have decided that I really like my new pair of Lowa boots -- spared no expense. I know it sounds wierd, but these things are great.

I no longer have to worry about stepping in puddles: I can step in entire small streams without getting cold or wet feet. Now, I just need to get a new coat to wear for these hikes, and I am not going hiking above 9000 feet again without gloves!