Colorado Backpacking Trek 2016
Summary of Objectives:
To study TBI and prosthetics during this mountaineering and fly fishing trek.
Summary of Challenge:
Multi-day trek into the Holy Cross Wilderness (HCW) of Colorado.
Summary – Travel to Denver/ Colorado Springs (13 July). Participant pick-up and drive to Salida, Colorado for altitude acclimation, gear issue and fly-fishing familiarization (2 nights). Travel 2 hours to HCW and begin trek. 5 days and nights carrying 50 lb backpacks between 10,000 and 14,000 ft above sea level. Objectives include high-elevation lake fly-fishing and summiting the Mount of the Holy Cross (14,003 ft).
Feedback from the participants:
- This was a good example of a great trek within the continental U.S..
- Our trip was lean and frugal which led to a simple great trip.
- We had a good group of participants.
- Nick from Veterans Expeditions was unique and capable with our participant needs. He anticipated needs and problems which eliminated many expedition problems.
- Our route was good but tough for anyone with a prosthetic.
- The best part of the expedition was the trek itself. The Holy Cross Wilderness was beautiful.
- The hospitality of the Gorie’s and Stan our driver was great.
- It was very rewarding to carry everything we needed for 5 days thru the wilderness.
- It would have been nice to add a day at the end to see Salida, relax and maybe spend a day on the local Arkansas River.
- Our route was a good combination of challenge and scenery.
- The familiarization hike on day 1 was a great idea for acclimating to the elevation and observing the capabilities of the group.
- Running into a female Russian spy on the trail was interesting!
- I really enjoyed the challenge. I had to push more than expected. But that was my goal, to be pushed!
- I’m now better on my leg than before; more in-tune with obstacles. My agility has improved and I’ve increased my stride length.
- I’ve enjoyed the “man-stuff” with our group. Since getting out of the Army, we sort of lose the opportunities for “guy-time”.
- The difficulty of the trail was a bit difficult for an above-the-knee prosthetic.