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Rocky Mountain Memories 1973 - 1975
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Rocky Mountain Memories 1973 - 1975

 
Rocky Mountain Memories 1973 - 1975

Page Type: Album

Object Title: Rocky Mountain Memories 1973 - 1975

Image Type(s): Hiking, Informational, Scenery

 

Page By: silversummit

Created/Edited: Nov 23, 2008 / Nov 26, 2008

Object ID: 465822

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Page Score: 90.48% - 32 Votes 

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Introduction

My first hiking and backpacking in the Rockies was in the John Denver era, complete with heavy mountain boots, external frame nylon packs and closed cell ensolite foam sleeping pads. We conditioned for a few days just outside Estes Park at a summer camp and then took off for a week hiking various mountains, crossing passes and chilling our feet in streams and lakes. It was definitely the camping highlight of my 20s! I did this twice but didn’t get back until 2000 when my husband and son couldn’t believe I had actually carried a 45 pound pack up those steep trails we gazed upon. Then this past summer, 2008, I got to return again with members of my son’s troop, some of whom hiked to many of the same places I covered in 1973 and 1975. Everything is just as beautiful and rugged as I remembered! And even though my legs are definitely not as strong as they were in 1973 and I now need cortisone shots just to day hike I know I will return again! (And yes, I did actually attend a John Denver concert!)

The downside is that my slides from these trips were taken using a small Kodak Instamatic camera which until recently I had stored and temporarily misplaced. Luckily for me (maybe not for everyone else, we'll see) they were found and I have spent about 40 hours scanning and using Photoshop Elements to restore about 60 of these pictures to viewing condition. So if anyone has a similar motherlode of history and wants advice, just PM me and I'll share my restoration hints.

If anyone can help me identify more about the locations in my photos I would appreciate it. Feel free to comment.

Rocky Mountain High - 1973


 
Rocky Mtn High 1973 - St Vrain Campground
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1973 - St Vrain Campground
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1973 - 1st Night
 



 
Rocky Mtn High 1973 - Beautiful Fox Park
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1973 - Arapaho Pass
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1973 - Fox Park - 4th Night
 


 
Rocky Mtn High 1973 - Arapaho Pass
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1973 - Below Arapaho Pass
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1973 - Lunch Buchanan Pass
 





 
Rocky Mtn High 1973 - Buchanan Pass
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1973 - Cabin below Arapaho Pass
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1973 - Buchanon Pass Trail
 



 
Rocky Mtn High 1973 - Buckingham Campground
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1973 - Below Arapaho Pass
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1973 - View Down Buchanan Pass
 






Rocky Mountain High - 1975


 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - Yours Truly Hiking Up Flattop Mountain
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - Copeland Lake below Mount Copeland
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - On Trail up Audubon
 



 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - Hiking up Audubon
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - On the trail to Ouzel Falls
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - On the trail to Ouzel Falls
 



 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - Hiking Up Flattop
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1973 - Hiking up Audubon
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - Hiking Up Flattop
 



 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - Looking back at Tyndall Gorge
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - Looking back at Tyndall Gorge
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - Flattop
 


 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - Hiking up Flattop Trail
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - Hiking up Flattop Mtn
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - Hiking up Flattop Mtn
 


 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - Hiking Up Flattop?
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - Flattop Trail, Dream Lake View Sign
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - On Trail to Ouzel Falls
 


 
1975 - Yours Truly at Alpine Visitors Center
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - Below Mount Audubon
 
 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - On the trail up Audubon
 


 
Rocky Mtn High 1975 - Bear Lake below Flattop
 
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Deltaoperator17I love it

Deltaoperator17

Voted 10/10

The clothing reminds me of the same times in the mountains of Oregon, Of cource my sister was 23 and I was 14. . .LOL I loved the high shorts on the girls!
Posted Nov 24, 2008 12:28 pm

silversummitRe: I love it

silversummit

Hasn't voted

You young thing! Sometimes I complain about the shorts girls wear today but then I see these pics and say, yikes! What were we thinking with the sun and practically no sunscreen back then! But you guys did love 'em!
Posted Nov 24, 2008 1:41 pm

lcarreauI'm not very good at

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

telling jokes regarding age. Ooooh, let's see!

I was 18 years old in '75, and you're definitely right about the shorts!!! :) AND that's no joke!

Larry of AZ
Posted Nov 26, 2008 10:22 pm

silversummitRe: I'm not very good at

silversummit

Hasn't voted

Oh Larry! I could have been your babysitter! But the one good thing about growing older is that things equal out.....

And thanks for looking at my old pictures (and probably laughing a bit too!) Happy Thanksgiving!
Kathy
Posted Nov 26, 2008 10:32 pm

Sarah SimonI love the historic element

Sarah Simon

Voted 10/10

Now, I won't tell you what I was doing in 1974, but it involved filling a diaper...

Thanks for sharing the photos.

With all due respects, however, may the 1970s wardrobes RIP. ;)

Cheers,

Sarah
Posted Dec 19, 2008 5:02 pm

silversummitRe: I love the historic element

silversummit

Hasn't voted

Well Sarah there are some of us on SP who actually remember the mid 70s (LOL)....and I never really liked the bell bottoms myself, especially my pink ones (what was I thinking?) Although the embroidery on the pants has come back once or twice.

P.S Every time I see your profile pic I think it's a diamond ring sitting in the dirt! You'd think I'd learn!
Posted Dec 19, 2008 7:14 pm

Snidely WhiplashThank you for that

Snidely Whiplash

Voted 10/10

I love seeing those pictures. Maybe our paths crossed? I was going to boys camp (Cheley) there in the summers of 1973 and 1974, and was in a lot of the same places you were. Brings back the memories. Oh, and we didn't even have the luxury of ensolite ground pads. We just slept on the ground.
Posted Jun 16, 2009 11:29 am

silversummitRe: Thank you for that

silversummit

Hasn't voted

You're welcome! We might have hiked many of the same trails those years. I flew in from Maryland to a camp for a little conditioning then off on the trails for about two weeks in 1973 and 1975.

Mostly I remember the perfect weather and what fun it was to hike up and see snow in July.

Glad you enjoyed the album!

Posted Jun 16, 2009 7:38 pm

myroneGreat job!

myrone

Voted 10/10

You should be proud of this album and the memories it holds will last forever............well done!!
Posted Jul 16, 2009 10:47 am

silversummitRe: Great job!

silversummit

Hasn't voted

Thank you for your kind words! I was just happy to find these slides and get help identifying the places I had been so long ago so it's great to hear your thoughts.

Lucky you living in such a beautiful state!
Posted Jul 16, 2009 9:17 pm

silversummitRe: Nice retrospective!

silversummit

Hasn't voted

Glad you enjoyed my reveries! I had quite a bit of help from fellow SP members identifying where I had been so long ago.

Kathy
Posted Sep 11, 2009 11:17 pm

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