Hiking the Colorado Trail without Killing Each Other

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Have you ever met someone and knew instantly they would become friends? That’s what it was like when we met Jesse and Janae. About a week away from finishing their 485 mile hike of the Colorado Trail, we were stoked when they agreed to sit down with us for an interview. These two will crack you up as they revel you with their tales of challenges, successes, and adventures while hiking from Denver to Durango, passing through six national forests, six wilderness areas, five major river systems, and eight mountain ranges.

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On top of the world!

When we first met them, we had already visited Avalanche Brewing Company the previous night, but liked it so much we ended up there again for some stellar beer and pizza. The patio was crowded, but these two didn’t hesitate to invite us to join their group. We chimed in on their conversations about the environment and hiking and soon realized they had all just met while hiking the trail. The beer flowed, soon after, the whiskey sipping began, and the rest is history.

Meeting with them the next day for the actual interview, we all snuggled together on a rooftop, huddling against a spring rain, drinks in hand. Now that’s how a friendship is made.

We hope you are inspired by these two as much as we are. 

friends Jesse and Janae and Ken and April and Silverton Hiking the Colorado Trail
Hanging out in Silverton

Life After Hiking the Colorado Trail

We met up again with them in Denver just after they finished the trail. We had to know what it was like when they were done, off the trail, and how they planned on resuming a normal life. So be sure to check out the next episode where we catch up with them after the Colorado Trail.

Oh, the places we went!

Avalanche Brewing Company


The Colorado Trail Foundation offers a great deal of resources on hiking this epic trail.


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Shout Outs:

  • Owen X Pishna and Kumquat Asterson, two talented brothers, for creating the show’s theme music
  • A Fearless Venture for assisting Ken with the stunning logo design


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Life after Hiking the Colorado Trail

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