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    A place for everyone to talk about cool places and stuff to do out in the wild. Share photos too if you want.

    Elk Lake in Montana in Custer-Gallatin National Forest / Beartooth Mountains. One of the coolest hikes I went on.



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    Coal Creek Campround outside of Medora, ND. Basically on the Maah Daah Hey Trail and close to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Solar powered water and good shitters make this a nice base camp.

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    • #3
      Drekker is brewed in Fargo, ND. This tastes like alcoholic jolly ranchers. This photo was taken at the Reva Gap Campground outside of Slim Buttes, SD about an hour north of the Black Hills. A little gem most people don't know about. If you are passing through No Man's Land in the Dakotas—give it a shot. Lots of rattlesnakes to eat.

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      • #4
        It's crazy how the Minnesota and UP of Michigan Northshore replicates the coastal island landscapes of Maine. Then sometimes you get shit swamps and lakes.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Requiem View Post
          Drekker is brewed in Fargo, ND. This tastes like alcoholic jolly ranchers. This photo was taken at the Reva Gap Campground outside of Slim Buttes, SD about an hour north of the Black Hills. A little gem most people don't know about. If you are passing through No Man's Land in the Dakotas—give it a shot. Lots of rattlesnakes to eat.

          Get you some gaiters. Or you can hike in cowboy boots.

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          • #6
            Nicest rabbit I've ever been around. We talked for a few minutes. He could sense I had raised rabbits as a child. But he also knew I had eaten rabbit as well. Hope Bun Bun is still alive. Taken outside the Lumberjack Tavern (Anatomy of a Murder) in Michigan.

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            • #7
              Satanic Fried Chicken. Not exactly relevant to the thread's purpose. Still funny to me.

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              • #8
                I did not take this photo from space but the Manitou Islands in Lake Michigan are a great place to get away from assholes. Be sure to have proper water filtration and food for a few days. I suggest rolling joints or bringing a vape to the beaches seen in the bottom left. Bring an inflatable beach ball or football to help pass the time. Would not recommend swimming from one island to the other unless you are one with the water.

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                • #9
                  For me it's fishing salmon on the Columbia. I love taking kids out that have never caught a fish and putting them on monsters.

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                  • Vera Hara
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                    Nice.

                  • cutthemdown
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                    Sweet. Salmon fishing is something I still haven't done.

                  • DD55
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                    Nice photos!

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                  My long haul pack is the ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Freighter Frame + Pack Bag. It is $100 more than it used to be. It's battle-tested and can handle anything you throw at it.

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                  • #11
                    The view can be pretty awesome from the river as well.
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                    • Vera Hara
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                      Would love to experience the outdoors in the PNW. Haven't been there since I was a kid.

                    • quoydogs
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                      It's pretty incredible

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                    The Kelty Revol 65 is my standard multi-day excursion pack. The only downside is the lack of connectors and outside storage. Very comfortable. Stores a bear bag w/ food, complete sleeping setup, first aid kit, clothes, and compact fishing gear with ease. Don't think they make them anymore.

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                    • #13
                      Originally posted by OmegaBronco View Post

                      Get you some gaiters. Or you can hike in cowboy boots.
                      Would consider gaiters. Would not hike in cowboy boots.

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                          Originally posted by Requiem View Post
                          My long haul pack is the ALPS OutdoorZ Commander Freighter Frame + Pack Bag. It is $100 more than it used to be. It's battle-tested and can handle anything you throw at it.

                          Looks like you would be an excellent candidate for the AT. I once thought and thought and thought about it. That ship has sailed.

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                          • #16
                            Originally posted by Requiem View Post

                            Would consider gaiters. Would not hike in cowboy boots.
                            What's your favorite boot?

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                            • #17
                              Originally posted by OmegaBronco View Post

                              Looks like you would be an excellent candidate for the AT. I once thought and thought and thought about it. That ship has sailed.
                              I've never given serious thought to that. The entire Appalachian Trail would take multiple months to do. That's over 2,000 miles. Even if a guy averaged 15 miles a day (which is a really good pace)—that's still like 150 days of time.

                              What's your favorite boot?
                              Ariat's waterproof Terrains have been my primary hiking boot for years. I've had three pairs and each of them gave me multiple seasons of Spring through Fall hiking and camping. Usually lasted ~ 2.5 or 3 years. I'll need a new pair for this coming season. I had tried out a pair of Sketchers last year and they sucked and already broke in a single season.

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                              • #18
                                Originally posted by Requiem View Post

                                I've never given serious thought to that. The entire Appalachian Trail would take multiple months to do. That's over 2,000 miles. Even if a guy averaged 15 miles a day (which is a really good pace)—that's still like 150 days of time.
                                There's a fun book out there about some guy's experience with the AT~ Bill something. Lots of good info). Yeah, you have to do the season to complete the whole thing. And it depends on which way your start. I think of it as the Everest of hiking. If you can do it, you're in rare air

                                Originally posted by Requiem View Post
                                Ariat's waterproof Terrains have been my primary hiking boot for years. I've had three pairs and each of them gave me multiple seasons of Spring through Fall hiking and camping. Usually lasted ~ 2.5 or 3 years. I'll need a new pair for this coming season. I had tried out a pair of Sketchers last year and they sucked and already broke in a single season.
                                My 4-6 hours hikes are Salomon Quest 4D. I did get caught in a mini rockslide going down hill. Dropped me to the ground and I slid a good 5 feet. It was just maintenance gravel that took me down. I switched over to Zamberlan. Jury is still out. You need rugged boots in the Rockies.

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                                • #19
                                  Originally posted by OmegaBronco View Post

                                  There's a fun book out there about some guy's experience with the AT~ Bill something. Lots of good info). Yeah, you have to do the season to complete the whole thing. And it depends on which way your start. I think of it as the Everest of hiking. If you can do it, you're in rare air



                                  My 4-6 hours hikes are Salomon Quest 4D. I did get caught in a mini rockslide going down hill. Dropped me to the ground and I slid a good 5 feet. It was just maintenance gravel that took me down. I switched over to Zamberlan. Jury is still out. You need rugged boots in the Rockies.
                                  I'm a huge fan of Solomon's and Merrells. I just use Salomon trail running shoes for most 1-3 day hikes and boots for longer excursions. I love Osprey packs, Big Agnes (Copper tent, sleep pads, bags), platypus gravity, and Jetboil for most trips. I pack heavy for comfort (food/lighting/hammock when I bring my wife, booze when I'm with the fellas). I have a collapsible pole with a lightweight pflueger for backcountry watering holes. I've mostly done rockies and west coast. Favorite areas are Big Sur, Mount Herman (near Monument), Desolation Wildnerness, and Point Reyes. Desolation is breath-taking and finishes looking over Lake Tahoe. Would highly recommend.

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                                  • #20
                                    Originally posted by Samiwindr View Post

                                    I'm a huge fan of Solomon's and Merrells. I just use Salomon trail running shoes for most 1-3 day hikes and boots for longer excursions. I love Osprey packs, Big Agnes (Copper tent, sleep pads, bags), platypus gravity, and Jetboil for most trips. I pack heavy for comfort (food/lighting/hammock when I bring my wife, booze when I'm with the fellas). I have a collapsible pole with a lightweight pflueger for backcountry watering holes. I've mostly done rockies and west coast. Favorite areas are Big Sur, Mount Herman (near Monument), Desolation Wildnerness, and Point Reyes. Desolation is breath-taking and finishes looking over Lake Tahoe. Would highly recommend.
                                    I did some serious trails in my old Merrells. Still can't bring myself to throw them away. However, the new Merrells don't fit my feet. Can't stand them. I'm a day hiker. My longest is 15 miles strenuous. Poles really help out IMO. I feel like I'm a spider when I use them. My Camelbak 14teener has been with me through it all. Even had a mouse eat through one of my pockets. Nothing a little duck tape won't cure.

                                    I always bring first aid, and protection. Almost had to sleep out in the woods unexpectedly once or twice.

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                                    • #21
                                      Dang Req. how you gonna make a thread where only you’re posting? Lmao most of the thread is all you talking,12 post thus far!

                                      I guess it’s a success if you keep it going, but it’s kind of reminiscent of John Elway, keeping his bad draft selections on the roster an attempt to say he could draft. Lol.

                                      Anyway I have a few place in Colorado I like to go but they are high up place you can only access on horse back or ATVS.

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                                      • #22
                                        Originally posted by Sam View Post
                                        Dang Req. how you gonna make a thread where only you’re posting? Lmao most of the thread is all you talking,12 post thus far!

                                        I guess it’s a success if you keep it going, but it’s kind of reminiscent of John Elway, keeping his bad draft selections on the roster an attempt to say he could draft. Lol.

                                        Anyway I have a few place in Colorado I like to go but they are high up place you can only access on horse back or ATVS.
                                        You couldn't hike in ? but you could ride an ATV or Horse ? Interesting

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                                        • #23
                                          Originally posted by OmegaBronco View Post
                                          There's a fun book out there about some guy's experience with the AT~ Bill something. Lots of good info). Yeah, you have to do the season to complete the whole thing. And it depends on which way your start. I think of it as the Everest of hiking. If you can do it, you're in rare air
                                          Yes. A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson. That came out the year I graduated from university and I had gotten it as a gift for Christmas. Great book.

                                          The one bucket list trek I'd like to accomplish is the John Muir Trail which partly overlaps the Pacific Crest Trail. It's a little over 200 miles, whereas the entire PCT is nearly 400 miles longer than the AT. The only kicker for me is with my health stuff (CKD & IDA) is the high altitude variable. I've been some high places, but ~ 14,000 feet (Mt. Whitney) might be too much of a dice roll. When I did Elk Lake and we went past that—I was doing just fine at ~ 7,000 to 8,000. But I was gassed more than normal.

                                          My 4-6 hours hikes are Salomon Quest 4D. I did get caught in a mini rockslide going down hill. Dropped me to the ground and I slid a good 5 feet. It was just maintenance gravel that took me down. I switched over to Zamberlan. Jury is still out. You need rugged boots in the Rockies.
                                          I lived up in the Granby, Tabernash, Fraser, and Winter Park area back during Tebow's short reign in Denver. That was the first time I got a pair of Ariat's. Held up fairly well. But the mountains out there need something more rugged as you said. It's a bit different for me in the Dakotas and Great Lakes Region that I'm used to. Might need to take a trek somewhere soon and check out Salomon's. There is a place here that has Merrell's. It's just hard finding the right size. Some boots and shoes I'm a 9.5 (small feet) and there are others where an 8 is the best fit. Literally makes no sense to me.

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                                          • #24
                                            Originally posted by OmegaBronco View Post

                                            I did some serious trails in my old Merrells. Still can't bring myself to throw them away. However, the new Merrells don't fit my feet. Can't stand them. I'm a day hiker. My longest is 15 miles strenuous. Poles really help out IMO. I feel like I'm a spider when I use them. My Camelbak 14teener has been with me through it all. Even had a mouse eat through one of my pockets. Nothing a little duck tape won't cure.

                                            I always bring first aid, and protection. Almost had to sleep out in the woods unexpectedly once or twice.
                                            Trekking poles are great for balance and an extra push on tough terrain. I brought them for my last Montana expedition, but the trail was pretty good and didn't really need to use them that much. Honestly helped me a bit more on the way back down since it was soggy and rainy.

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                                            • #25
                                              Originally posted by Sam View Post
                                              Dang Req. how you gonna make a thread where only you’re posting? Lmao most of the thread is all you talking,12 post thus far!

                                              I guess it’s a success if you keep it going, but it’s kind of reminiscent of John Elway, keeping his bad draft selections on the roster an attempt to say he could draft. Lol.

                                              Anyway I have a few place in Colorado I like to go but they are high up place you can only access on horse back or ATVS.
                                              I really enjoy the outdoors! Felt that posting pictures and some stories would be good off-season time-passers as we wait on a new coach, the draft, and FA.

                                              Folks are starting to chime in. I'm hopeful that others besides Q-Dawg, Sami, and Omega will give their takes as well and share some photos.

                                              We all like the Broncos, but there is plenty of other stuff to bond over and talk about. Always nice to find fellow outdoorsmen!

                                              I'm mostly familiar with the Grand County destinations from my time out there.

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