Rocky Mountain Trail Tramps is a gay men's hiking group dedicated to monthly hikes in the Rocky Mountains of Northern Colorado and beyond. The group was founded as an alternative to the "bar scene", to give gay men the opportunity to meet and socialize with one another in a healthy, outdoor atmosphere. There are currently no membership fees. We meet the 3rd Sunday of each month at 9 a.m. to carpool to the hiking area for a full day's outing. The carpool site is centrally located in the Loveland/Ft. Collins area with plenty of free parking. (Riders are asked to contribute to the driver to help cover the cost of gas and parking fees, if any.) Each guy is responsible for his own appropriate clothing for the weather, day pack or fanny pac with lunch, snacks, sports drinks/water, sunscreen, etc.

If you're new to the hiking scene in Northern Colorado, here's some helpful info. on gear, clothing, etc. :

JAX, Big 5 Sporting Goods, REI, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, etc., have plenty of hiking, backpacking and camping gear for sale and some gear for rent. Some outdoor books available will tell you what kind of terrain to expect and what foot gear to wear as well as other gear to bring. (Some of the hikes we go on can be done in sports shoes, but on most hikes, you'll need hiking boots where the trail is rocky.)

For more on hiking, backpacking, and mountain climbing, check out the websites listed below, loaded with info, photos, etc. :


1. http://hike.mountainzone.com

2. http://www.backpacker.com

3. John Fielder's great guide books on hiking in Colorado: http://www.johnfielder.com/books.php

4. Hiking, Biking, Paddling, Snow: http://www.trails.com/explore

5. Mountain Climbing/Peak Bagging: http://www.peakbagging.com

6. Topography Maps: http://topozone.com

7. Rocky Mountain National Park Dayhiker's Guide: $10.20 @ Amazon.com

8. Rocky Mountain National Park, National Park Service

9. County Highpointers Association. Information on finding and hiking the US county high points. http://www.cohp.org

10. Adventure 16 Footprints (Contains helpful tips, where-to-go articles and gear reviews for backpacking, mountaineering, climbing, adventure travel, hiking and camping.) http://www.adventure16.com/footprints.html

11. Climber (An online community devoted to encouraging climbing by sustaining the internet presence of mountaineering clubs and by fostering electronic communication among mountaineers.) http://www.climber.org

12. SummitPost Mountaineering, climbing, Hiking...Here you'll find climbing info on a growing selection of mountains. Excellent links page, loaded with connections to some great climbing and hiking websites. http://www.summitpost.org

13. Adventures International Mountain Guides (Offer a wide range of travel opportunities from hut to hut treks into some of the world’s most spectacular and remote regions, wildlife safaris, jungle and rainforest exploration, to extreme climbing expeditions, private guiding and high altitude mountaineering!) http://ExploreYourPlanet.com

14. Hiking in Northern Colorado

15. Environmental News Network What's goin on, on our planet?! http://www.enn.com/index.html

16. Gay Outdoors is an extensive website, covering such topics as Adventure Sports, Camping/Hiking, Naturist Sports, Recreation Sports, and yes, Water Sports. Check them out at: http://www.gayoutdoors.org

17. Awesome website listing Colorado Trails: Resource Analysis Systems Includes Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest, Cache La Poudre Wilderness, aned Rocky Mountain National Park!

18. Leave No Trace, Center for Outdoor Ethics is a wonderful website covering the principles of respect for using the great outdoors. Principles covered in detail include: Plan Ahead and Prepare, Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, Dispose of Waste Properly, Leave What You Find, Minimize Campfire Impacts, Respect Wildlife, and Be Considerate of Other Visitors.

19. National Geographic, Trails Illustrated, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA (Trails Illustrated - Topo Maps USA) @ Amazon.com

20. Outside Online is the website of Outside, America's leading active lifestyle magazine, "dedicated to covering the people, sports and activities, politics, art, literature, and hardware of the outdoors". Hiking gear and tips are covered in multiple articles.

21. GORP is a place for outdoor enthusiasts to plan hiking, camping, and national parks focused vacations in the US and worldwide.

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Come join us on the trail. Let's go!