Pete KJ began explorations at age three in the wooded ravine that was his backyard in Seattle. He also began a lifelong writing habit. Backyard expanded as Pete stomped all over the Cascades and Olympics as a youth, and headed onward to the Pyrenees, Alps, Himalayas, and Andes. Peace Corps service in Africa cemented his deep desire to always be out in the world, and when he finally sat in a cubicle as a chemical engineer, it was in places like Puerto Rico and India. Long absent from cubicle, he moved on to raise kids, travel the world with them, and write about it (and also write three novels). Career brought Pete to Colorado in the 1990s, its gravity and beauty pulled him back. Pete's "Base Camp Denver: 101 Hikes in Colorado's Front Range" will be published in April, 2019 by Imbrifex Books.
Spring can be a tough time for a Front Range Colorado hiker. I love to walk the winter lowlands, but as soon as the snow level begins to retreat, I start to ache for the high country. Then things stall. (more…)
On a sunny Wednesday morning in late October, I knew it was time to get up for one last day in the high country. It hadn’t really snowed yet, I could see from my house, but snow was in the forecast. I knew there was no better place to go than Wild Basin. (more…)
After a week of vacation in Budapest, Hungary, my feet became itchy for some dirt trail and forest. What’s a hiker to do? Go hiking, of course! Here’s a great walk in hilly Buda, on the west side of the Danube (more…)