Trip Reports by Alan Silverstein

My home page, and email address: ajs@frii.com
Last update: April 11, 2017

Contents:

  North America from Apollo 17, April 16, 1972

Introduction

This website contains (or eventually will) several hundred "trip reports" I wrote and shared publically in various ways, non-commercially and just for fun, beginning in mid-1986, mostly about outdoor travel adventures, such as hiking, backpacking, boating, and skiing, mostly in Colorado.

I originally wrote these reports in plain text, and later converted many of them to nroff -mm, a now-obsolescent formatter/paginator at the early heart of the UNIX operating system. I also have 10.5 volumes (at 144 pages each) of handwritten journals of my "outdoor adventures." Often I wrote up the same trip (somewhat differently) both ways. Also, my handwritten journals include many adventures never described in a public "trip report".

Beginning in February 2008 I started the following practice:

My Use of Images

A note about my use of images here, or lack thereof:

In an increasingly multimedia, higher-bandwidth world, to "grab viewer attention" one needs lots of attractive graphics or images, preferably immediately and quickly presented. In other words, there's a slippery slope from, "story-telling, perhaps spruced up with a little imagery" to, "multimedia slide shows, with a little narration."

If I had a profit motive, or if I cared about "mass market penetration" of my trip reports, I'd do a lot more work to make these reports into virtual slide shows. But that's not why I write them, and it's time-consuming enough to get them all HTMLized and available on the web. I don't care too much if you, dear reader, are hooked into them or not. They are here if you choose to read them, and if you do, I hope you enjoy them.

That said, I do intend to liven up at least any of my new reports (starting in 2008) with at least a few pictures...

Trip Reports

Unless otherwise noted, all locations are in my home state of Colorado.

  1. 1978.0407_HPBuilding1, Hewlett-Packard Fort Collins, Colorado, 30th Anniversary

  2. 1986.0720_Redcloud,Sunshine, July 20, 1986: Redcloud Peak (14034') and Sunshine Peak (14001')

  3. 1987.0717-20_ChallengerPoint, July 17-20, 1987: Challenger Point, Colorado

  4. 1989.0729-0805_LakePowell, July 29 - August 5, 1989: Lake Powell, Utah, 3678'
  5. 1989.0831_Challenger,KC, August 31, 1989: Challenger Point, 14080'+, and Kit Carson Mountain, 14165'

  6. 1998.0614-19_DarkCanyonUT, Sunday-June 14-19, 1998: Dark Canyon Wilderness Area, Utah
  7. 1998.0811-17_FourSanJuanPeaks, Four San Juan Range Fourteeners
  8. 1998.0905-07_WyomingWeekend, Wyoming Weekend
  9. 1998.0924_OpeningLines, Opening Lines of Past Trip Reports
  10. 1998.1116_LeonidMeteors, Leonid Meteor Shower
  11. 1998.1125-29_LakePowellThanksgiving, November 25-29, 1998: Thanksgiving at Lake Powell

  12. 1999.0717-25_GreenRiverRafting, July 19-24, 1999: Green River, Desolation and Grays Canyons, Utah

  13. 2000.0421_FairplayElk, April 21, 2000: Easter Weekend Incident
  14. 2000.0829_FloridaCollecting, August 29, 2000: Florida Collecting

  15. 2001.1117-18.Leonids, November 17 - 18, 2001: Leonid Meteor Shower
  16. 2001.1213_SouthPlatteKayak, December 13, 2001: Rock Collecting By Kayak

  17. 2002.0407-13_DeathValley, April 7-13, 2002: Death Valley National Park
  18. 2002.0808-11_CataractCanyon, Cataract Canyon raft trip, August 8-11, 2002
  19. 2002.0915-22_LakePowell, September 15-22, 2002: Lake Powell Tidbits
  20. 2002.1127-1201_LakePowell, November 27 - December 1, 2002: Lake Powell Thanksgiving

  21. 2003.0112-15_Missouri, Missouri And Back, Or Bust
  22. 2003.0404-05_TrinitySite, April 4-5, 2003: Trinity Site, New Mexico
  23. 2003.0630-0705_HawaiiHoneymoon, June 30 - July 5, 2003: Honeymoon In Hawai'i
  24. 2003.0718-0809_ColumbiaPoint, July 18 - August 9, 2003: Columbia Point, Colorado
  25. 2003.0901-02_Boulderfield, September 1-2, 2003: How Not to Climb Longs Peak
  26. 2003.0911-17_RockHunting, September 11-17, 2003: A Week-Long Rock Hunting Orgy in Colorado and Utah

  27. 2004.0324-31_UT,AZ,NM, March 24-31, 2004: Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado
  28. 2004.0508-09_NorthwestNebraska, May 8-9, 2004: Northwest Nebraska Rockhounding
  29. 2004.0808-15_LakePowell, August 8-15, 2004: Lake Powell
  30. 2004.1016-17_CathiesCabin, October 16-17, 2004: Cathie's Cabin

  31. 2005.0701_BellTowerWindow, July 1, 2005: Bell Tower Window, Lake Powell, Utah
  32. 2005.0713-22_BlueForestWyoming, July 13-22, 2005: Blue Forest, Wyoming and Salmon River, Idaho

  33. 2006.0924_GraysQuarry, September 24, 2006: Grays Quarry, Wyoming
  34. 2006.1103-5_FallWeekend, November 3-5, 2006: A Nice Fall Weekend
  35. 2006.1202-09_TampaBayAgate, December 2-9, 2006: Tampa Bay, Florida, Agate
  36. 2006.1221_Blizzard, December 21, 2006: Colorado Blizzard
  37. 2006.1229-0107_Snowblower, December 29, 2006 - January 7, 2007: Blizzards of 2006 Versus Snowblower

  38. 2007.0131_SnowingAgain, January 31, 2007: It's Snowing Again
  39. 2007.0219_Toiletry, February 19, 2007: Adventures in Toiletry
  40. 2007.0930-1007_LakePowell, September 30 - October 7, 2007: Lake Powell, Utah

  41. 2008.0128-0204_DeathValley, January 28 - February 4, 2008: Death Valley, California
  42. 2008.0531-0601_ShirleyBasinLaramiePeak, May 31 - June 1, 2008: Shirley Basin and Laramie Peak, Wyoming
  43. 2008.0614-15_Wyoming, June 14-15, 2008: Rockhounding (by Kayak) in Wyoming
  44. 2008.0817-24_LakePowell, August 17-24, 2008: Lake Powell, Utah
  45. 2008.0914-21_LakePowell, September 14-21, 2008: Lake Powell, Utah

  46. 2009.0820-22_ElkRangeFourteeners, August 20-22, 2009: Two Tough Elk Range Fourteeners
  47. 2009.1205_DunkingCamera, How Not to Dunk a Camera

  48. 2010.0808-15_LakePowell, August 8-15, 2010: Lake Powell, Utah

  49. 2011.0709-10_OldestTreesInColorado, July 9-10, 2011: Quest for the Ancient Trees
  50. 2011.1130-1217_PanamaCanalCruise, November 30 - December 17, 2011: Panama Canal (and Then Some!) Cruise