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Mar 18 2021
PaleoRob
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40 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Gold Star - Liberty Cap Loop, CO 
Gold Star - Liberty Cap Loop, CO
 
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2021
PaleoRob
Hiking7.78 Miles 1,232 AEG
Hiking7.78 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   2.00 mph
1,232 ft AEG      4 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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In preparation for a short backpacking trip in Canyonlands this weekend, I decided to head out to the Monument and do a longer hike. The day was gorgeous, so I knew I couldn't get away with a longer trail outside of the Monument - too many bikers on the trails close to me. Definitely was good to get out and put some real mileage on, especially since it is lighter later now, and previous weeks have seen commitments and weather hamper my outdoor activities. Deer, bighorn, and various birds along the trail, and not a single other hiker to be seen at any point except on the Liberty Cap portion. I'll end up writing up the Upper and Lower bench trails as some point soon.
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A single wildflower was spotted, along the Liberty Cap section.
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"The only thing we did was wrong was staying in the wilderness to long...the only thing we did was right was the day we started to fight..."
-Old Spiritual
My book, The Marauders on Lulu and Amazon
Jan 28 2016
PaleoRob
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40 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Grand Junction,
Lower Liberty Cap TrailNorthwest, CO
Northwest, CO
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2016
PaleoRob
Hiking3.46 Miles 1,212 AEG
Hiking3.46 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   1.67 mph
1,212 ft AEG      47 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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This is the trip that made me buy Yaktracks.

The hike up was fine. Icy in some spots, and the lower canyon stretch really reminded me how out-of-shape I am. Nonetheless it was relatively straightforward. Heading up I passed several ice-covered or packed-snow patches and thought to myself that I would have to watch out on the way down. Still, no big deal. Up at the Cap I met a lady doing a workout. I definitely felt out of shape then!

Heading down the minor icy patches became greater obstacles. I found myself losing traction more often and ended up crashing down a part of the trail, scraping my arm and getting a small cut on my wrist. Once I was back at the truck I drove straight to REI and bought some slip-on crampons. Not going to make that mistake again.
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"The only thing we did was wrong was staying in the wilderness to long...the only thing we did was right was the day we started to fight..."
-Old Spiritual
My book, The Marauders on Lulu and Amazon
average hiking speed 1.84 mph

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