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"Viajar a pie" is Spanish for "Travelling on foot"

Category: Rockies

Colorado Trail

The Rockies are the most famed north-american mountains, a huge range of a size and extension owing to the local scale of things: everything is big in America and so is its mountainous spine.

WhereColorado Rockies
Distance800 km / 500 miles
Length25 days

Cataract Ridge in the San Juan Mountains

I had barely visited a lesser section of the Rockies so this was pretty much my real introduction to the range. By hiking a significant section of their length, I’d hope to experience the same attraction that led my story in the ranges farther west.

The Rockies may be known for their rocks but it took several days until the trees allowed any significant rocky view. I spent many hours and days walking in the woods to the point that I started calling them “The Woodies”. Not sure I’m allowed to play with the words in a language I don’t know.

The Colorado Trail was the perfect length for my 4 week holiday window and it had been in the planning stages before. 2008 was the year I’d travel the Rockies.

Slide Show

Let the images do the talking

Colorado Trail Thru: how the west was hiked and where it got us from Viajarapie on Vimeo.


As this is no fashion show, there’s not new gear every season and many items are the same as those for previous trips. Most key items are. I won’t be commenting again on those that already were in 2007 or 06 and I’ll focus on the new items or the new life from old ones. As usual, there’ll be a few lessons learned.

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The Colorado Trail Foundation is the obvious and basic starting point for any prospect CT traveler. They take care of anything trail related and their website is full of all that information one needs one one knows nothing. Plus the e-shop gives access to the paperwork, plain or e-

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This is the west and the Rockies are the great barrier that defines what’s beyond as the Far West: the Colorado Trail traverses the Front Ranges of the Rockies and then travels along the main divide of North America.

The big mountain ranges usually make a difference as to the climate that can be found on either side. Not so much with the Colorado Rockies: big mountains but too far from the oceans, the Rockies don’t trap the weather; rather, they create their own weather.

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Weminuche Wilderness, CDT & CT share the trail

Expectations vs. Reality

I’m used (with a reason) to think of America as the place of the big, open spaces where one can be well away from the human things. I appreciate that as much as I miss it in over-stuffed Europe and that’s basically why I keep coming back.

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First Impressions

The Sawatch Range

Ever since I started doing multi-week hiking trips, a few years back, I felt I was going one step forward every time. Maybe several steps forward: longer, more difficult, more remote… in 2008, though, the Colorado Trail left me with this Deja Vu impression and the feeling that I had already done this before. But maybe I shouldn’t be starting here with a seemingly negative comment on an otherwise wonderful trip that basically reaffirmed my faith on backpacking as my best battery charger and necessary break from the modern. And the Colorado Rockies are a great place to feel the noise.

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The north american wilderness has this certain attractive: it may be easy, smooth going but also remote and solitary. Miles and miles of uninhabitted land not because conditions were consistently too tough but because there were better places and yet huge chunks of terrain were spared from human occupation. Now they may be visited by hikers and I enfasise the fact that we are visitors in some other’s home. We’ll try to be respectful and enjoy.

Pic from the Colorado Trail Foundation

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