Last week, after getting back from a video job in The Amazon jungle I decided to go ahead and take my vacation for the year meaning most of my office co-workers didn’t see me for an entire month. I’ve made it a point to load up my Jeep and take it at least one out of state adventure each year, and this year I decided to make the pilgrimage to Telluride/Ouray, Colorado.

The drive from Dallas to Telluride isn’t the quickest so it was necessary to make a stop halfway in New Mexico, the plus side was getting to see the house that belonged to Walter White in Breaking Bad.

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I made camp for the night and eagerly anticipating finally getting to Colorado the next day.

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at the crack of dawn I was back ion the road and hightailed it to Telluride. I figured that if I started Imogene Pass that same day I would end up still being on the trail past sundown so I decided to make camp once again and begin the trail in the morning. I did however get some great shots of the Milkey Way!

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Soon as I was able to get a good breakfast in me, I was off onto Imogene Pass

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Getting to see all the abandoned mines was really something. You could spend a whole day at them finding different artifacts from the past. As the air continually got thinner and my breathing getting heavier each time I got out to get pictures, I finally made the summit.

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After that it was time for the descent.

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Imogene Pass is pretty easy and was a great trail to get my footing and dust off my off road prowess. The thing I loved about it the most was that you get pretty much every topography you can imagine. It’s like... one of the rings from Halo!

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Next up was Black Bear Pass. The butt clincher. I was actually pretty nervous about doing it initially. After all, some guy in a 4Runner rolled over on it the previous day causing the trail to close down.

But I figured I would regret coming all the way out here to not do it. So it began.

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As many of you know, BBP is pretty low key but does get harder as you approach the steps. I was at a 16 degree angle at one moment before arriving at the steps, and in a 4door Wrangler, its an.. interesting feeling.

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On the steps I was obviously too preoccupied clenching my butt cheeks than to try and get pictures of going down it, and honestly I barely remember going down them as I got borderline tunnel vision while on it. But I made it down with no issue whatsoever.

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Overrall I’d definitely do Black Bear Pass again. It’s true what everyone says, as long as you take your time and don’t do anything stupid you’ll be fine.

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