Just Hiking

An extensive collection of low-quality trip reports.

This is a personal website that includes photos and a short narrative from my hiking, scrambling, backpacking, and climbing adventures over the last 25 years. Take a look if you are interested. James Just

06/18/2022 - Obstruction Peak
A Colorado Centennial Peak in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range.

06/11/2022 - American Peak/Handies Peak (2)
A snow climb to the top of a Colorado Centennial Peak and a repeat of a 14er.

03/26/2022- Little Medano Creek
A hike near the Great Sand Dunes.

02/14/2022 - Firehouse Falls (8)
My first time climbing in Vail, Colorado, this ice season.

02/05/2022 - Avocado Gully (3)
My third time climbing Avocado Gully near Redstone, Colorado.

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This site was designed to share my recreational adventures in the mountains. I have posted photos, statistics, and descriptions of trips I have taken over the years. From 1998 to 2003, most of my reports are from Idaho. Since 2003, I have lived in Colorado with hikes throughout the state.

I am generally a fair-weather day-hiker with only the occasional backpacking trip; however, my hiking has certainly evolved over the years. I started out with short trail hikes to lakes and low peaks. After a few years, my focus shifted to peak bagging and reaching the summit of higher mountains through a combination of hiking and scrambling. As my experience and skills grew, I added many snow climbs and winter hikes to my resume.

I have also done a small amount of easy technical rock climbing and a fair amount of moderate ice climbing. I took a few years off beginning in 2014 as my hiking time shifted to family and significantly more mountain biking. I picked up ice climbing and hiking again in 2017, but haven't done much rock climbing for numerous years. Thanks for visiting.

James Just
(<<< 2017)      (2018)      (2019 >>>)

I kept the momentum going from 2017 and continued to do a fair amount of easy and moderate ice climbing into 2018. I had the desire and was excited to get out again. After 10 years, I finally returned to Cody, Wyoming, for a climbing trip in February with Brian Kooienga and Kevin Smith. A good friend of mine, Justin Brown, invited me to join him backpacking the Grand Canyon in March. I also made another trip to southwest Colorado in April to get a few ice climbs in that Kevin, Brian, and I had been wanting to do for years. I didn't do much hiking in the second half of the year, but getting out climbing again early in the year was good for me. I spent the the latter part of the year mountain biking and got 100 rides and almost 1,400 miles in, which included a couple of trips to Moab, Utah.

01. Pumphouse Falls (10)
02. Hidden Falls (5)
03. Ouray Ice Park (21)
04. Second Gully (3)
05. Lincoln Falls (20)
06. The Main Vein
07. Oh Be Joyful
08. Broken Hearts Light
09. Jewel Lake Ice
10. Grand Canyon
11. Tonys Nightmare (2)
12. Sherman Climb (2)
13. Campground Couloir
14. Direct North Face
15. Tempered By Fire
16. Black Lake Slabs
17. Harney Peak (3)
18. Crow Peak
19. Mount Guyot
20. Mount Bierstadt (4)
21. Liberty Cap (7)
22. Mount Garfield (7)
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I started the year out with some ice climbing near Lake City and Vail, Colorado. I was able to repeat the classic Stairway to Heaven by Silverton, Colorado. Our ice climbing trip to Canada got canceled due to the pandemic so the season was cut short. I only did a couple of snow climbs this year. However, I focused on hiking several new Centennial Peaks in my effort to climb the 100 highest peaks in Colorado. I actually summitted 13 new Centennial Peaks in 2020. I acquired COVID in November and got pretty sick, but still ended up doing a fair amount of ice climbing near the end of the year. I got 58 rides and 750 miles on my mountain bike on easy trails this year.

01. Lake City Ice Park (1)
02. Sherman Climb (3)
03. Lake City Ice Park (2)
04. Firehouse Falls (5)
05. Pumphouse Falls (11)
06. Secret Waterfall (1)
07. Avocado Gully (2)
08. Marble Falls (2)
09. Lincoln Falls (23)
10. Stairway to Heaven (2)
11. Charmin Tube
12. Spiral Staircase (13)/The Pencil (4)/The Eraser (4)
13. Rigid Designator (3)
14. Pumphouse Falls (12)
15. Mount Arkansas (2)
16. California Peak
17. Cathedral Peak
18. Mount Adams
19. Hagerman Peak
20. Liberty Cap (8)
21. Mount Ouray
22. Niagara Peak/Jones Mountain
23. Half Peak
24. Point 13832/Point 13811
25. Phoenix Peak
26. Baldy Chato/Stewart Peak
27. Gladstone Peak
28. London Mountain/Kuss Peak
29. Rocky Mountain National Park
30. Vermillion Peak/Fuller Peak
31. Mount Tweto/Treasurevault Mountain/Mosquito Peak
32. Lincoln Falls (24)
33. Dodging the Bullet
34. Columbine Falls
35. East Vail Falls (3)
36. Mount Morrison (4)
37. Mount Morrison (5)
38. Spiral Staircase (14)/The Eraser (5)
39. 19th Hole
40. The Shroud (4)
41. Firehouse Falls (6)
42. Hayes Creek Falls
43. Marble Falls (3)
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I started the year with a lot of ice climbing and shorter hikes to lower Front Range peaks. Surprisingly in the 2020-2021 ice climbing season, I was able to make it to ten new ice climbs, and we even got another trip to Cody, Wyoming, for some late season ice climbing. Since my dad was diagnosed with cancer in February and died in July I spent a lot of time in North Dakota caring for him and didn't get out as much as previous years.  I am down to having only one Centennial Peak left.  I only rode my bike a couple of times this year.

01. Pumphouse Falls (13)
02. North Table Mountain Ice
03. Three Stooges Alcove
04. Eureka Gulch Ice
05. Ouray Ice Park (22)
06. Plymouth Mountain/Bill Couch Mountain
07. Evergreen Mountain
08. Pumphouse Falls (14)
09. Mount Glennon
10. Lichen Peak
11. I-70 Sickle (1)
12. Mount Lindo/Point 7965
13. Mount Falcon
14. Castle Rock
15. Legault Mountain
16. Pumphouse Falls (15)
17. Secret Waterfall (2)
18. Secret Waterfall (3)
19. East Vail Falls (4)
20. Firehouse Falls (7)
21. Secret Waterfall (4)
22. High On Boulder
23. Mean Green
24. Bozos Revenge (2)
25. Harney Peak (4)
26. Mount Aetna/Taylor Mountain
27. Witter Peak/Mount Eva/Parry Peak/Mount Bancroft (2)
28. Mount Falcon-Ute
29. Thunder Pyramid
30. Rio Grande Pyramid
31. Vestal Peak
32. Mount Flora/Colorado Mines Peak
33. Paiute Peak/Mount Audubon/Mount Notabon
34. Jupiter Mountain
35. Twin Thumbs Pass
36. Jagged Mountain
37. Noname-Ruby Pass
38. Pigeon Peak/Turret Peak
39. Falls Gulch Ice
40. Ouray Ice Park (23)
41. Portland Falls
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I started the year with some ice climbing and low elevation peaks.  Although I haven't been out climbing much, I've already visited three new climbs for me this ice season.  I really would like to finish the Colorado Centennial Peaks this year.  I technically only have Trinity Peak and Arrow Peak left, but I would also like to hike Obstruction Peak, American Peak, and Dallas Peak just for good measure.  I also have a trip planned for mountain biking in Moab, Utah, and possibly a trip to the Pacific Northwest to summit a couple of volcano peaks I haven't done yet.

01. Lincoln Falls (25)
02. Mount Herman (1)/Raspberry Mountain (1)
03. Redstone Pillar
04. I-70 Sickle (2)
05. Marble Falls (4)
06. Avocado Gully (3)
07. Firehouse Falls (8)
08. Little Medano Creek
09. American Peak/Handies Peak (2)
10.  Obstruction Peak