Announcing the 2024 Colorado Islands Project

I am pleased to announce my summer 2024 adventure, a sequel to the hikes of the Colorado-X in 2020 and 2022. I will select five places in Colorado which are geographically identifiable, such as a mountain range, plateau, basin, or city. I am looking for fellow explorers to join me for a one-week hike across one of these islands. You must be physically fit, curious, and creative. We will work together on our respective creative projects which might be a magazine article, photo essay, documentary, art, or music.

Give me a call. Consider that Gandalf has knocked on your round hobbit door.

The Places

Ideas thus far include the Uncompahgre Plateau, Grand Mesa, Colorado River somewhere, Piceance Basin, Sand Wash, Yampa River, Flat Tops, Gore Range, North Park, Elk Mountains, the Denver metropolis, Monument Ridge, Republican River, Rush Creek, the Arkansas River east of La Junta, Wet Mountains, Johnson Mesa/Mesa de Maya, and the San Luis Valley. Other ideas?

One thought is to explore places my parents Myron Wood and Nancy Wood photographed and wrote about in the 1960s-1980s. That includes many of the places listed above and we would see how they have evolved over 50 years.

Fellow Explorers

I am seeking a wide range of creative people to join me, one per island, if the fit is right. You might be an established or aspiring writer, storyteller, singer, musician, painter, or filmmaker. You need to possess a deep love of Colorado or be willing to succumb to that, and appreciate everything from millipedes to a thunderstorm.

I need people who see the world differently than I do; thus I welcome ranchers and farmers, people with disabilities, sturdy Wall Street types, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQ, those living unusual callings, young or old. I need humans who are adaptable and enjoy meeting everybody without exceptions.

You must have recently hiked at least 8 miles with a 35-pound pack, preferably a few days in a row. If you are especially creative and curious I may lower the requirements (terrain permitting) to a 10-pound pack and we will day hike and jockey cars. You need to be okay with plan changes, mishaps, and rolling with unexpected opportunities.

Give me a call. Consider that Gandalf has knocked on your round hobbit door.