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 Mountain High - 1975