I would like to see if anyone would like to meet up this summer for some quality outdoor activity.
Recently I have been planing a massive road trip for this summer. Sadly a close family member recently passed away and left me a sizable amount of her estate. I am fairly confident that I will never have this kind of opportunity again so I have already put in a notice of resignation as a manager for a gear shop. I will be taking a percentage of the inheritance I gained and spend the entirety of june- september in the mountains of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana.
I want to know if your planning a trip in this area in this time of year and if you would like some company. I will be spending the first two weeks of june in northern New Mexico ranging from Taos to Farmington. From June to mid July I will be exclusively in Colorado. I am looking at spending the first half of that time in the south visiting Sangre De Cristo's and san Juans, working up to gunnision over to BV to the front range. Around July I will head to north Colorado climbing 14ers in Rocky Mountain NP and the surrounding forests. I am hooked up with some friends attending outdoor retailer in August at Salt Lake and will be climbing Kings Peak in the Unitas (Utah) with them late july. I have a pass to OR so I will be there in August. From OR I will spend the rest of August in the Tetons and Winds. For September I will be in the yellowstone area climbing and paddling. If I have the time and money I am considering heading up to Glacier for a capstone trip that incorporates a good mountain and multi day canoe tour/portage through glacier. If you are planning anything in these areas at thoes times of year and want company please direct message me with the details. I dont want to make my exact location at any time to be publicly availible on the net.
I will be doing a number of activities on this trip. I will be bringing: my Wenonah Escapade for doing canoe touring on many of the resiviors, a full backpacking set up for summer or winter conditions, my mountaineering equipment and of course my bouldering pad, and sport climbing gear (I has no anchors, or cams. no rack for me).
My main goal in this operation however is education. I will be attending courses with a few of the accredited outdoor schools that we have in the Rockies. I will be getting my WFR at the NOLS main location in Lander, im going to learn multi pitch climbing with Exum in the Tetons (and climb grand :p ) and a few other things along the way. I do need some advice if anyone has it though on an ACA (american canoe association) certifications. When I come back to new orleans in october I have a new job lined up as a canoe guide and I want to get as far into the ACA program as I can. if anyone recommends any ACA teachers or schools out west let me know!
If you have any advice or any questions on my logistics on doing this kind of thing "alone" let me know. Im not planning this with rose colored glasses. I know im going to be lonely, and miserable at times but in truth thats what im kinda looking for.
Im working on a blog to post videos and pictures of the trip on as I go. Ill post it when its done.