Oh man, sorry y’all. I know my posts have been fewer than usual and although I’m not truly apologizing for it, I guess I’ll at least acknowledge it. Life is C-R-A-Z-Y lately and I can’t wait to share the details behind the reasons. However, today is not that day, so instead, let’s focus on my wicked exciting plans for this upcoming long weekend.
The Rawah Wilderness!
I’ve been trying to put together a backpacking trip this weekend out of necessity since I have a flipping ton of gear testing that needs to happen. Naturally, one needs to use the gear in order to sufficiently test it, so backpacking was both a moral imperative and serious desire. I am dying to get on the trail!
Will and I debated where we wanted to go this weekend for a few reasons. First of all, it’s Memorial Weekend which means the usual trails are jam packed with people and tourists. Not an ideal situation. Additionally, we need to be back by Sunday afternoon, so we can’t go anywhere that requires a long car drive to the trailhead. Finally, I really wanted to visit an area that was unfamiliar to me. We started to look into the Medicine Bow National Forest, but we somehow stumbled upon the Rawah Wilderness in Colorado. It’s beyond me how I’ve never explored the area, so we figured it’s about time to remedy that situation!
The Rawah Wilderness is located in the north central part of the state, tucked up quasi-close to the Wyoming border. If y’all know where Walden is, you kind of already know the area. Its 76,000+ acres include at least 25 different lakes, which was definitely appealing to me; I love backpacking by lakes simply because it is an easy source of water for both Tally and me. The Rawah also covers 85 miles of trails with elevations beginning around 8500 feet and topping out just under 13,000. This is pretty low altitude so I’m hoping there won’t be too much snow left.
Anyway, as per usual for me, I haven’t packed a single item, nor have we even begun to shop for food! As I mentioned, I’m testing a lot of gear out on the trip, so that should be epic. I literally think every single item (pack, sleeping bag, tent, boots, pants, jacket, first aid kit, water bottle, cooking kit, etc.) will be new to me, so this could go one of two ways: amazing with rave reviews, or horribly wrong so that I end up stumbling out of the mountains with raw foot blisters and bruised shoulders….while sopping wet and hungry. Hard to tell at this point, so let’s hope for the former!
Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Memorial Weekend!
What are your plans for the long weekend? Any outdoor adventures or races?