About Chris Rodriguez

A guy who likes to camp and hike.

Little Sand Fire

UPDATE 6/22/12: The fire has grown to 17,280 acres with 30% containment, growth potential is HIGH.  Cause of fire is lightning.  Evacuations remain in effect for residents of the Weminuche Valley.

A fire in southwest Colorado called the Little Sand Fire is burning about 13 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs, CO.  It is also not far from where the massive Missionary Ridge Fire burned near Vallecito Reservoir exactly ten years ago. Continue reading

ITF005: Estes Park Campgrounds, Sun Shower, Tent VS Popup VS Hybrid camping

This is In The Field Camping Podcast Episode 5.

Campground review: Estes Park Campground at East Portal Reservoir http://www.co.larimer.co.us/naturalresources/estespark_eastportal.htm Continue reading

Stuart Hole Fire

UPDATE: 4pm Tuesday – Evacuations lifted, night shift working the fire line all night.  Fire kept at 227 acres despite gusty winds.  Containment reported at 45%.

There is a new fire burning in Northeast Colorado, not far from the Hewlett Gulch Fire (which is actually still burning, although controlled).  It’s called the Stuart Hole Fire and is in Larimer County.  Updated info can be found at Larimer County Emergency Information‘s website here.  Currently the fire is about 200 acres and there have been some evacuations. Continue reading

ITF004:Horsetooth Reservoir review, Battery Minder, and Treading Lightly

This is In The Field Camping Podcast Episode 4.

Campground review: Horsetooth Reservoir
http://www.co.larimer.co.us/naturalresources/horsetooth.htm

Equipment reviews: Battery Minder  by VDC Electronics
http://thebatteryminder.com/

Rant/Soapbox:  Pick up after yourself, pack out what you pack in, tread lightly, pick up after your pets.  We pick up trash when we take walks around campgrounds.   Don’t leave a trace you were there.  We used to camp at very primitive campgrounds, and we didn’t just leave it the way we found it, we left it as if we were never there.
http://www.treadlightly.org/ Continue reading

Hewlett Fire, fire bans, and impact on camping

FINAL UPDATE:  Cooler temperatures, rain, and higher humidity has helped turn the corner on this fire as Hwy 14 has reopened and evacuations have been lifted.  The fire is 87% contained and no measurable growth is expected.  Ansel Watrous and Stove Prairie campgrounds are OPEN.

UPDATE:  Hwy 14 is now closed from the junction of Hwy 287 (Teds Place) to Stove Prairie Road (CO27).  This essentially closes the Ansel Watrous Campground and the only way to the campgrounds west of the fire is via Stove Prairie Road (CO27) from Masonville until it terminates at Hwy 14. Continue reading