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 23 years. Take a look if you are interested. James Just

Hikes By Year

1998   2001   2004   2007   2010   2013   2016   2019
1999   2002   2005   2008   2011   2014   2017   2020
2000   2003   2006   2009   2012   2015   2018   2021

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 2001, I hiked primarily in northern Idaho. From 2001 to 2003, I spent most of my time in the central and eastern mountains of Idaho. Since 2003, I have lived in Colorado with hikes and climbs all over the state.

I am generally a fair-weather day-hiker with only the occasional backpacking trip, but my hiking has certainly evolved over the years. I started out with short trail hikes to lakes and low peaks. At the end 2002, 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.

Beyond this, 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.


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Let me know if you want a hat, beanie, shirt, or anything with the Just Hiking logo.  When I came across the logo I thought it was simple and cool and represented mountaineering.  Mountains, water, ice, snow, etc.  I thought it was very artsy and holistic with a bit of feng shui, zen, namaste, balance, peace, yin/yang, and chi.  All proceeds will go to the American Diabetes Association (I have diabetes.) or the Alzheimer's Association (My father-in-law has alzheimer's.).  Just email me and let me know what you want.  I order all my gear through Johnny Battle (https://www.johnnybattle.com) in Littleton, Colorado.  They do a great job and I can have anything on their website within a couple of weeks.  Hats are $25.


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