Tales from the Hayduke Trail - BOULDER Neptune Mtng THU MAY 16 7pm

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We are a community of queer (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex) and straight hikers, skiers, backpackers and more. We embrace diversity and celebrate our differences. All adventurers of good cheer are welcome.

Let's venture up to Boulder and hear about the Hayduke Trail which stretches across southern Utah and northern Arizona, touching Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, Grand Canyon NP, and ending in Zion NP.

This qualifies as another installment of the "Badass Womens Series"!!! (There wasn't enough space in the title.)

NOTE: Neptune usually allows discrete consumption of alcoholic beverages during presentations.

The 812-mile Hayduke Trail may just be the most obscure and challenging long trail in the US; Backpacker Magazine describes it as covering "the harshest yet most sublime territory in the Lower 48”. It is a complicated, largely off-trail route across the Colorado Plateau in Utah and Northern Arizona, linking six National Parks and Monuments along the way.

The masterminds behind the Hayduke issue a stern warning to prospective hikers: “Because of the extremely challenging and dangerous nature of this route, you must be a very experienced desert backpacker in peak physical condition before attempting any section of the Hayduke.”

In spring 2018, photographer and record-setting mountain athlete Sunny Stroeer set out to hike the entire length of the Hayduke - as her first ever thruhike, and in a fraction of the time that it typically takes. Join us on May 16 for an evening of entertaining stories, captivating imagery and lessons learned from a solo month walking across one of the most beautiful desert landscapes the US has to offer.

In the spring of 2004, my 2001 Appalachian Trail thruhiking partner and I set out from Arches National Park with a printed draft copy of the new Hayduke trail guide for 3 weeks of crazy adventure. With supplies and water cached along the route, we saw fewer than 20 people in our 250+ mile journey across the most amazing terrain I had experienced.


CARPOOL: Organize carpools in the Comments for this event. (I may be working that afternoon in Boulder.)

PARKING: There is usually plenty of parking in the lots adjacent to Neptune Mountaineering. If the lot in front of Neptunes is full, park on the "backside" near Under The Sun.

We can hang for grub, gab & brews afterwards at either the Southern Sun (pub grub) or Under The Sun (pizza). Mountain Sun Brewing (owner of both) is an LGBT founded and owned business.

Please keep your status updated! Life can get crazy at 5pm! If you can't make it, just update your RSVP. (Message to the organizer if you cancel, but do NOT post to the comments.)

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