Tuesday, April 30, 2013


By Animotion.

I continue to feel unmotivated to make setting updates (or even talk about gaming at all) in part because I'm so busy that spending the intellectual capital necessary to write the update I want to write seems to be just a little beyond me at the moment.

Plus, one of my other obsessions--hiking and backpacking--which has been so long unserviced--has really captured my attention again, and I can't seem to get it off my mind.

I finally broke down and messaged the guy who took us on some of our trips when I was a teenager and asked him for some details of where we went.  I had correctly divined via memory and research that we had taken the Durango-Silverton narrow-gauge to Needleton, gotten off at the trailhead there, and hiked to the Chicago Basin, which we used as a base camp to summit one of the three 14ers there.  I was sure it was either Eolus or Windom that we had summited, but he tells me that now, it was Sunlight.

I also found out that the desert trip, where I was even more out of my element and only knew that it was in the general vicinity of Lake Powell, started at the Hurricane Wash trailhead, went into Coyote Gulch, through Stevens Arch and into Stevens Canyon, from which we took a difficult (and waterless) route that is unmarked and only known because our guide had personally explored it years earlier, out of Stevens Canyon to Baker Ranch.

I'd like to recreate the San Juans trip, and part of the Coyote Gulch trip... but I'd probably climb up to Stevens Arch, then backtrack back into Coyote Gulch and take another of the routes out.  I don't think I want to mess around with trying to find a route that's unmarked and requires detailed personal information.  Frankly, I'm just a little too out of shape and out of practice to tackle an adventure quite that... adventurous.  Not without a great deal more desert hiking practice, at least.

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