January 10, 2014

Chronicles of Adventure : Gilpin County, Colorado.

Right before the holidays we sent our fearless explorer, Anthony Masters out to see our buds and wholesalers at Berkeley Supply in Colorado to have a pop up and catch up. They found their way outside for a little day trip and here's what happened...

As the temperature dropped and the snow began to fall I felt the calling for some high altitude exploration. Luckily Eli Cox of Berkeley Supply and Josh Culbertson of Avery County Cycles know the nooks and crannies of back country Colorado.

Waking up face down in your -10 sleeping bag you know its cold. As I surfaced for air the first thing I saw is my frigid breath and just the thought of leaving my bag was daunting as I heard my host calling for breakfast. After some refueling we planned our escape from the city into one of Colorado's many off the grid ghost towns. Josh had previously explored this certain area on one of his custom steads a year prior and assured me I would not be disappointed.

With the wind chill dropping the mercury to -8 and the sun tricking our minds into thinking it's summer we took off through unmarked trails. Approaching a heavy snow pack we decided to get out and trudge the rest of ridge to the abandoned milling factory adjacent to the local mines.

After reaching the summit we immediately got the view of the whole mining town. On the ridge was the old mill and the worker's housing. It's hard to imagine a whole town of people living in these elements year round. As we crawled around fallen beams and creaking boards mother nature proved just how powerful she is.

After some bourbon to warm us for the hike back we began our descent and it proved to be just as incredible with a panoramic view of the cascading Rockies, putting my mind at ease one again. The wanderlust is at it's cap and I'm ready for some artificial heat.

Enjoying the time spent with friends in unfamiliar places is what makes the day to day better. Engraving those vistas into the memory bank keeps you yearning for more adventure. So here's to getting out and enjoying life under any and all circumstances.

Get out and explore,