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Outdoors

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Climbing Castle Peak, Colorado, 1999

    After climbing Challenger Point on July 10, 1999, Bonnie and I took a day to rest in Salida before driving north on U.S. 24 to Twin Lakes, where we turned west on state route 82, which winds its way to Independence Pass at 12,095 feet, crossing the mountains to Aspen where we hung out in town sightseeing for a few hours before driving 12 miles south of Aspen.

  • FISHING: Local angler hosting big catfish tourney

    A Bardstown man is making a big name for himself in the fishing world, and he’s hoping to introduce others to his love of catfish angling with a tournament event this weekend.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Challenger Point and Kit Carson Peak, July 1999

    After climbing Pikes Peak on July 7, Bonnie and I spent two days in Salida, Colo., before heading south on the morning of July 9.

    The plan was to drive to the town of Crestone on the west side of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, find the Willow Creek Trailhead, and attempt these two mountains from the west. We had tried to climb these peaks from the east before, but altitude sickness for three days had prevented me from getting much above our camp at 11,660 feet near South Colony Lake.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Fighting the altitude on Colorado’s peaks

    In the spring of 1999, Bonnie and I had gotten in about as good a shape as we could at low altitude, but a week before we flew to Colorado I got a sharp pain in my right side. I’d had two kidney stones in the past and thought this was the problem. The pain was never severe, and as it came and went, we decided that rather than cancel our trip to the mountains we would fly to Colorado Springs as planned.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Climbing Colorado’s Culebra Peak, July 1998

    After our climb on Mount Lindsey on July 15, 1998, Bonnie and I stopped in Walsenburg again, to get rid of the trail grime, eat a good meal and sleep in a bed instead of a sleeping bag in a tent.

  • Climbing Mount Lindsey in July 1998

    Last year, the last climbing I wrote about was how on July 12, 1998, Bonnie and I had climbed 14,345-foot Blanca peak (the fourth highest mountain in Colorado) and 14,042-foot Ellingwood Peak. We had been on the climb for eight hours, so when we arrived back at our high camp at 12,000 feet, we decided to spend another night before making the 5-mile hike and dropping 4,000 feet in altitude to get to the car at the trailhead.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Mountain climbing questions and answers

    Each year about this time I write about Bonnie and my climbing trips to the top of some of the highest mountains in Colorado (more than 14,000 ft.) and Wyoming (13,773-foot Grand Teton). When I do, I get lots of questions from customers and readers, so I thought I would answer some of the most asked questions now.

    Probably the most asked are, “Why would you want to climb a mountain?” “Is it hard to breathe?” “How hard is it to climb a mountain?” “How long does it take to climb a mountain?” “Is climbing dangerous?”

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Memorial Day weekend and some lousy luck

    Memorial Day weekend gave Eric and me a little extra time to get a few more things done to the hunting properties before it gets too hot, and we made the best of it last weekend.

    Saturday morning we left my house at 5 a.m. so we would be in Hart County at sunrise. We had a lot of mowing to do. I needed to get soil samples for the field I am going to plant my chestnut trees in, and there were several other jobs that we needed to get done.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A lesson on transporting trees

    About four years ago at an archery trade show, Bonnie and I attended a seminar about adding chestnut trees to your hunting property as an additional food source for your wildlife. We were also told that Walmart would be carrying the trees in the spring.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Four months till deer season

    We are in a lull between hunting seasons, but there is plenty to do to improve habitat, food plots and to be prepared for the upcoming season.

    First it seems there is always something needing to be mowed, whether it is the yard or the food plots with clover, and if you have clover fields that are dying out, it may be time to spray and kill the field, then start over again by re-seeding the field.