A day spent outside adventuring in the wilderness, escaping reality, is a day well spent. That is exactly what I did this past weekend with a few Jeeps and some new good friends.
I haven’t spent too much time exploring the mountains Colorado so I was pretty discouraged when I moved here a month a go in the dead of winter and a few people told me all the trails were closed. But thanks to social media I met Kurtis @the_exploration_tj , a local to the Denver area who invited me out with him and another great dude Andrew. Both equipped with Jeep Tj’s and a borrowed one from a friend while he is building his cummins swapped Jeep YJ.
50 miles northwest of Denver Colorado, we arrived arrived at the trail head of Gordon Gulch, just outside of the small mountain town Nederland. We were experiencing 20 mph gust that was blowing snow so bad it was hard to see. The trail look fairly easy but with snow, things can be deceiving as I have experience many times the lesson learned is you never go snow wheeling without another rig to help with recovery
Throughout the day there had been a common occurrence, we kept getting stuck in the snow. Large mud tires and snow don’t work well together. So whats the remedy you ask? Give it gas, give it all the gas to the point you are on the rev limiter because you know that violent wheel acceleration will help you get out right? Well, no, but it sure does look cool. After a few attempts we overcame those obstacles with ease.
Colorado is beautiful, there isn’t much else to say. If you told me five years ago that I would be living in a place where it snows constantly I would have told you that you are crazy because there was no way in hell that I would be doing that. Being surrounded in the mountains as far as the eye can see has really made me appreciate the outdoors there is really nothing more visually stimulating. As for the snow? It isn’t bad I am still getting used to it.
Like I said give it gas. As we neared the end of the day we had spent hours traveling on the trail navigating what used to be old mining trails. I realized how thankful I am to have a vehicle that allows me to get out into nature and explore, but even more thankful for social media because without it I would have never know this trail would have existed and thats due to some cool people.