For Every Adventurer
I should warn you before you engage with this website: Get me started sharing my 14er experiences and I’ll talk your ear off, whether you want me to or not. Ask me about the Moab region—what to see and do, which trails to explore, what time of day is best for photography—and two hours later, I’ll just be revving up. I love to talk about my outdoor adventures and to listen to the tales of others.
My intent with this site is not only to share my experiences but to entertain, inform, educate (learning from my goofball mistakes) and motivate. My hope is that readers will be inspired to get up off the couch, turn off the TV, pull the kids away from their video games and smartphones and get out to make their own stories.
Admittedly, not all of my trail hiking or climbing is for everyone (just ask the folks who will never go out with me again). I’ve made some aggressive and extreme choices for my wilderness expeditions. That’s fine for some; not so much for others. You don’t have to do crazy things like I do to have a great time outdoors. Plus, not everyone can travel to Colorado and Utah. Understandably, young families have small children, and some folks are beyond their hiking years.
I encourage those interested in spending time in nature to do what they can to get outside. City parks and local nature trails can be a wonderful place to spend time with family on a warm afternoon. Most cities have some kind of biking trail system. Many have designated open spaces to enjoy. Go to the lake. Go to the beach. Go to the hills or forests or canyons. Go to the arboretum. Go anywhere. But go.
Many national, state and regional parks have handicapped access. Some nature parks have value-added interpretive trails—informative for young and old—with some even set up for the blind.
There really are ways for everybody to enjoy the great outdoors, regardless of age, medical problems, phobias, disabilities, disposition, time or energy, family and work obligations, or stage/change of life issues. Make the effort, and you may be surprised at the outcome.
You might be able to do more than you think you can. I did. When I first started climbing the Colorado 14ers, I thought it was the hardest thing I had ever done in my life. There were times I wanted to quit (out of fatigue, uncertainty or fear). But I didn’t quit. I kept trying, kept going, kept climbing. Regardless of your outdoor activity choice, if you have the desire and the will and are eager to try, the reward will be worth the challenge.
There really are ways for everybody to enjoy the great outdoors,
For me, beyond enjoying the obvious beauty, I find the wilderness to be a refuge from the noise and clutter and insanity of my life. In its purity and natural wonder, there is peace, freedom, serenity and solace. It is good for my soul. John Muir said, “Keep close to Nature’s heart … and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
Spending time in the wilderness is a deeply spiritual experience. I no longer go out to the wilderness because I want to; I go to the wilderness because I have to.
Join me in the journey! There are more adventures to be lived, more stories to be told. What will your stories be?
Here are some of mine.
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Care to be entertained? Humored? Informed? Inspired? (All from wilderness trail adventure stories, featuring those who made it out.) Then this book is for you!
About the Author
T. Duren Jones gets out into the wilderness as often as possible, camping, fishing, hiking, desert trekking, and “bagging” peaks—and does he have stories to tell! He’s hiked hundreds of trails, completed the nearly 500 miles of the Colorado Trail, and has summitted all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks. He’s kinda crazy that way. And now he’s on his second round, conquering those mammoth mountains with his granddaughter.
Tim enjoys taking friends, family, and his wife, Diane, on wilderness quests with him … and most of them have survived his escapades. His first book is titled Tales from the Trails (published by WordFire Press). The book is part adventure journal, part travelogue, part motivational encouragement, part stand-up comedy—and includes 26 nearly true outdoor stories from trails and climbs around the American West.
A former Periodicals Director, Tim (he thinks T. Duren sounds more impressive) has worked in marketing, advertising, and publishing for more than 25 years. He currently does freelance commercial art, marketing, and advertising consulting.
Tim and Diane have raised four creative and equally adventurous children. He and Diane enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle together that includes biking, softball, snowshoeing, and hiking the many wonderful trails in their home state of Colorado.
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