© 2009 Patrick Hertel Trail Blazing

Backpacking Colorado with a point and shoot.

Backpacking with friends in Southern Colorado.  25 miles, 5500 vertical feet, 3 days, one storm, one panic.  I only carried the DMC-LX3 (see previous sentence for why I didn’t carry 15lbs of Nikon gear).  A full Gallery is Here.

Details:  The Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad left Durango, CO and dropped us off at Elk Park.  Ascending 3000 feet over 2 days on the Colorado Trail (Elk Creek) left us on the Continental Divide Trail.  North towards Stony Pass, we sprinted down a random goat trail heading east to avoid a storm.  Climbing back up to the CDT trail and down the cunningham drainage finished day 3.  Friends picked us up at the Highland Mary Lakes Trail Head.  A rough Google Earth Video of the trip is here.

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