Trip Reports by Alan Silverstein
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Last update: July 15, 2011
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
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
Beginning in February 2008 I started the following practice:
Write up all new reports in HTML and put them here.
Hand-write in my journals only about those adventures not worth a
published report, or private details or trivia for some adventures in
addition to published reports.
Start working my way backwards through over 170 (!) old reports,
converting each from plain text or nroff to HTML and adding it to this
At least in newer reports, where appropriate add a few pictures to
jazz them up, but avoid the temptation to create "multimedia slide
shows" -- see below.
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
That said, I do intend to liven up at least any of my new reports
(starting in 2008) with at least a few pictures...
Unless otherwise noted, all locations are in my home state of Colorado.
Hewlett-Packard Fort Collins, Colorado, 30th Anniversary
July 20, 1986: Redcloud Peak (14034') and Sunshine Peak (14001')
July 29 - August 5, 1989: Lake Powell, Utah, 3678'
August 31, 1989: Challenger Point, 14080'+, and Kit Carson Mountain, 14165'
Sunday-June 14-19, 1998: Dark Canyon Wilderness Area, Utah
Four San Juan Range Fourteeners
Opening Lines of Past Trip Reports
Leonid Meteor Shower
November 25-29, 1998: Thanksgiving at Lake Powell
July 19-24, 1999: Green River, Desolation and Grays Canyons, Utah
April 21, 2000: Easter Weekend Incident
August 29, 2000: Florida Collecting
November 17 - 18, 2001: Leonid Meteor Shower
December 13, 2001: Rock Collecting By Kayak
April 7-13, 2002: Death Valley National Park
Cataract Canyon raft trip, August 8-11, 2002
September 15-22, 2002: Lake Powell Tidbits
November 27 - December 1, 2002: Lake Powell Thanksgiving
Missouri And Back, Or Bust
April 4-5, 2003: Trinity Site, New Mexico
June 30 - July 5, 2003: Honeymoon In Hawai'i
July 18 - August 9, 2003: Columbia Point, Colorado
September 1-2, 2003: How Not to Climb Longs Peak
September 11-17, 2003: A Week-Long Rock Hunting Orgy in Colorado and Utah
March 24-31, 2004: Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado
May 8-9, 2004: Northwest Nebraska Rockhounding
August 8-15, 2004: Lake Powell
October 16-17, 2004: Cathie's Cabin
July 1, 2005: Bell Tower Window, Lake Powell, Utah
July 13-22, 2005: Blue Forest, Wyoming and Salmon River, Idaho
September 24, 2006: Grays Quarry, Wyoming
November 3-5, 2006: A Nice Fall Weekend
December 2-9, 2006: Tampa Bay, Florida, Agate
December 21, 2006: Colorado Blizzard
December 29, 2006 - January 7, 2007: Blizzards of 2006 Versus Snowblower
January 31, 2007: It's Snowing Again
February 19, 2007: Adventures in Toiletry
September 30 - October 7, 2007: Lake Powell, Utah
January 28 - February 4, 2008: Death Valley, California
May 31 - June 1, 2008: Shirley Basin and Laramie Peak, Wyoming
June 14-15, 2008: Rockhounding (by Kayak) in Wyoming
August 17-24, 2008: Lake Powell, Utah
September 14-21, 2008: Lake Powell, Utah
August 20-22, 2009: Two Tough Elk Range Fourteeners
How Not to Dunk a Camera
August 8-15, 2010: Lake Powell, Utah
July 9-10, 2011: Quest for the Ancient Trees