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Beaten By a Dead Horse

Posted in Outdoor Adventure on June 21, 2013 by plungingwestward

Recently I decided to explore the Dead Horse trail that branches off of the popular Hanging Lake trail in Glenwood Canyon.  In all honesty, “trail” is a term only loosely applied to Dead Horse – really, it’s a literal uphill climb through miniature rockslides and legitimate cliff faces.

Someone – I’m assuming a team of forest rangers – had the foresight to extend some really long, knotted bungee cords down the most difficult parts. Even with the bungee cord, a steep earthen sluice full of loose gravel isn’t the trail I expected. If the trip up isn’t tough enough, the trip DOWN consists of creating an avalanche and riding it down.

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Back when I wrote outdoor columns for the Eagle Times in Claremont, N.H., I  frequently advised readers never to be too proud to turn around. After advancing  about two body-lengths up the side of a cliff, I took stock of my situation and decided to take my own advice.

PLUS: I have plenty of water. I’m not tired yet.

MINUS: I’ve already twisted my ankle. Nobody knows where I am. Getting safely  back down this cliff will be considerably harder than getting up it. If I break my leg  getting down this cliff, getting back down the first bungee cord will be even harder.

Without proper equipment, I rappelled down the side of the cliff using the bungee cord. I cut my hand up a bit, but I made it down. While rolling back down the rockslide in a mini-avalanche, I took a flying rock to the back of my leg  pretty hard.  Once again, I made it down in one piece. That’s about the only victory I can claim here.

This isn’t over, though. I need to do some research, then come back with a hiking buddy and a pair of gloves. The irony of being beaten by a Dead  Horse just doesn’t sit well with me.

Alright, Let’s GO!

Posted in Outdoor Adventure, Western Slope Warmahordes, Wired West on May 31, 2010 by plungingwestward

Hello! My name is Chris Warner. Welcome to my Expedition Blog, where I share my adventures in Colorado and beyond.  Naomi Warner and I have a tendency to wander off hiking trails, past warning signs and into …

… Whitewater Surges, …

… Steep Climbs, …

 … Cosy Cafés, … 

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… Monstrous Miniatures Combat…

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…and Other Things.

The most amazing thing about leaving the established trail is you never know what you’ll find. The goal of this blog is to turn whatever those findings may be into stories to share. Enjoy!