Camp Amache, Mt Sunflower, Tree Crane (reportedly doesn't play; try downloading first), Geneva Creek 4x4 Trip, Challenger-Glacier (really old photos), Dinosaur National Monument, and the Shooters Grill in Rifle .
FJ Cruiser Summit X. I haven't had my 2011 FJ for a whole year yet so I've learned a lot about it during this week. This isn't my first offroading with it but it is certainly my most lengthy. Officially the summit runs from Wednesday night to Sunday morning but I arrived early and made a week of it. One of my friends is leading some of the trips and invited me to pre-run some of the trails with him. So that was my Tuesday and Wednesday. It is stock in any way that matters for offroading. I don't have a ton of photos but I was trying out a new dash cam and have way too much video. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it all. Do I really need 30 hours of video?
I'm writing this from the patio of the Old Western Hotel in Ouray which is a place I found when I hiked into this town during my Great Colorado Loop hike. This is my first time back since then. I won't really have the multimedia ready and uploaded for quite a while probably. My home computer crashed and I'll have to get that operational again and recover all my stuff before getting to work on this.
My Zombie Apocalypse Live group (well most of us) tried the simulator at Bristlecone Shooting Center. Fun! There were lots of scenarios to chose from besides zombies including wild west, sci fi (although not really very spacey), armed citizen, and competition. I think we'd all go back, and I know that I'll be back to try more of those armed citizen scenarios. I don't have any pictures to share though even for a little thumbnail here.
Bristlecone's setup woas good. I wouldn't call it "theater-like" but the projection on the wall got things done. Just like in the arcade, you can operate the menu with the infrared laser pistol. They had 4 of those SIRT pistols three of which were Glock style and one shotgun. There was no reloading and the guns had to be periodically recalibrated. It all worked pretty smoothly otherwise. IMO four people was a little too much as there weren't usually enough bad guys onscreen at the same time. Besides the sci-fi "rescue" scenario which was too much like an arcade game, most of the scenarios were probably best for two person teams or even solo. Anyway, I highly recommend it.
My latest state highpoint is Panorama Point in Nebraska. I'm not a highpointer but I have gone out of my way to visit some non-mountain highpoints. I like visiting the out of the way places that a highpoint like Panarama Point are found in so I make a side trip when I am in the vicinity. Then like after Black Mesa, I drove over to the tri state marker at the convergence of state boundaries.
I've started a page for my Highpoint List.
I took a AK class with AK Operators Union this weekend. It was one of their Bootcamp classes focusing on the fundamentals. I'm not much of an AK shooter so I thought it would be a good class and surprisingly not a lot of well known training outfits come out to Colorado so I didn't want to miss the opportunity. The class was sold out and Rob Ski, the owner and trainer, was impressed by the range and the enthusiasm so he plans on returning next year for a level 2 class.
From Rob Ski:
AK Operators Union Page, is dedicated to all those who love their AK type rifles. I was born and raised behind the “Iron Curtain”, so by default, at very early age, I was exposed to AK rifles platform. With over 20 years of experience (including infantry service on both sides of the Ocean), I’m still learning and discovering new things about AK operations, tactical deployment and manufacturing methods on daily basis. I’m by no means, an AK expert…I’m rather an enthusiast, who is trying to learn as much as he can, about his beloved subject…
One of the other students, my left side "Battle Buddy" supplied this AK Bootcamp Class Review.
Ever interested in learning useful skills pre-zombie apocalypse, I attended Denver Paramedic's Bleeding Control Class on Tuesday. It was conveniently located very near work. The class was given for free as part of the Stop the Bleed initiative which is a push to train people in bleeding control in the same way people are being trained in CPR and AED use. The goal is to have bleeding control supplies everywhere there are currently AEDs.
Honestly I wasn't expecting much from the class but I was surprised. Besides CAT tourniquet use there was some wound packing exercises that were good practice. That is always helpful. It was a much watered down version of the TCCC inspired Casualty Care class that I took last year, but that class isn't going to be for everybody. Here is the link to Sign up for the BCon class. It is no longer free but $25 isn't much. Don't forget to add the cost for the CAT tourniquet will cost you around $30 online.
Bleeding Control for the Injured (B-Con) teaches participants the basic life-saving medical interventions, including bleeding control with a tourniquet, bleeding control with gauze packs or topical hemostatic agents, and opening an airway to allow a casualty to breathe. The course is designed for NON tactical law enforcement officers, firefighters, security personnel, teachers and other civilians requiring this basic training. -NAEMT website
A little late this year but I did my first camping trip. It was just car camping in conjunction with a little exploring west of Kenosha Pass in the vicinity of the Colorado Trail. I've been meaning to scope that area out for short weekend adventures. This weekend I had the added goal of finding out where the snowline was and how drivable the high elevation backcountry roads were. I ended up needing my shovel and traction devices, but I did my part and forged a little further than anyone else had and helped clear the road. Then I had a nice little campout and tested out some new knives, saws, and axes.
Pics are finally up from my January roadtrip. Even though it was such a short trip, I really packed in the sights. My primary goal was to visit the remains of Camp Amache a WWII Japanese Relocation Camp located in CO near the Kansas state line. And if I was going to drive that out of the way, I decided to add a visit to Mt Sunflower the Kansas state highpoint on the way there. The next day I drove south to the Oklahoma panhandle and hiked Black Mesa which is the OK state highpoint. And near that I discovered that there were some dinosaur tracks near where I parked and not far from that was a three-state marker where the borders of Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico meet. Those last two were a nice little last minute add-on. Then I drove home via some real backcountry New Mexico roads while coincidentally listening to a radio show about some Old West outlaws from the very area I was driving through. Cool!
As a joke I added Mt Sunflower to the mountaineering section of my website.
"One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more." — Thomas Jefferson