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Jim Larkey20-Feb-2014 15:52
Thanks Bob for your interest. As the forums suggest, use a high-capacity NiMH, such as the Eneloop XX. Users that measured Garmin's charging cycle report a high charging current, not suitable for the standard Eneloops.

The tape I used is recycled, thin (0.08mm), sticky but know, the kind that is used by manufacturers to protect finished surfaces from scratches.

I tried 3/4" shrink tubing as suggested by some ( ) and found that it's thicker than the tape version. The shrink tubing made the cover on the 600 difficult to close, stressed the twist-pin lock. I was concerned that it would (1) defeat the waterproof seal, (2) create metal shavings inside the unit from the twist-pin lock friction.
Bob 20-Feb-2014 10:43
Jim, I saw your picture of the DIY Eneloop battery pack for your Oregon 600. What kind of tape did you use? Also, I assume that you have not had a problem charging the batteries in the 600. Correct? There is a good bit of speculation in forums that using batteries other than's Garmin's might damage the GPS unit.

Jim Larkey27-Nov-2013 23:36
You’ve got to be kidding Jeff...that was the only fourteener that I had to pay $100 to climb, and the the bull-$hit paperwork, and rules and regs.

No, you cannot use my photos. Sorry.

Jeff Birmingham 26-Nov-2013 18:33
I am currently working with the owners of the Cielo Vista ranch to develop their website. Would you grant us permission to use your photos of your ascent of Culebra Peak?
kontak 18-Feb-2013 21:57
Dear Mr. Larkey,

I really enjoyed looking at the pictures of your hike to the Cloud Peak Wilderness into the area near Emerald Lake. I had to check the topo maps to realize the way you hiked back out by way of Lake Geneva. That took some high rock hiking.
I'm not in nearly good enough condition for a mountain hike, but I have accumulated some aerial photos of the Cloud Peak Wilderness. One of the area that I am most curious about is near Lake Solitude and above the waterfall at the Lake's east end. There are some elongated lakes some people refer to as the Cloud Peak Lakes. They extend north and east from above Lake Solitude and are mostly at elevations around 10,200 ft.
Anyway, the aerial photos from EROS and also the Forest Service both show an unusual rock formation to the east of the first Cloud Peak lake. It looks from the shadows on the photos to be a very tall free standing pillar of rock. I would be interested in contributing monetarily to your trip photo budget in order to have a chance to see from photos of this rock formation.
If you want to talk more about it and the exact location on the topo maps please email me at or leave a phone message at 703-536-9324 and I'll call you back. Thanks again for the photos you posted.
Sincerely, John Kontak
Scott Collins 07-Apr-2010 19:41

You're pics of the hikeing trip from FR250->blue lake->conejos peak->CRT->and back are wonderful. I'm going to be making that very same hike in June 2010 and your pics have helped me visualize much of the way. I was wondering if you could elaborate on what month the hike took place in 2001. Scott
Fred Preston 30-Jul-2009 20:41
Jim, it seems you too have been active this summer. And with Barbara and Kurt. The views of Missouri bring back fond memories -- remember summiting in a cold, windy cloud, way back 6 years ago? I am still in shape for next year, even though I'm only 64.

Keep up the activities,
John Kruger 15-Aug-2008 20:27
Love the images, thanks for sharing.
What route did you take?
Gordon Long 13-Jul-2008 02:27
Don't know where you got information about Pawnee National Grasslands being "untouched by the plow" and part of the "tall grass prairie". The grasslands were established after the dust bowl years of the '30s and most of the ground was planted to crested wheatgrass, a cool season, drought resistent, erosion controll species. There never has been enough precipitation in this part of the world for "tall grass".
My great grandparents homesteaded, in 1909, part of what is now the Pawnee National Grasslands, south of Keota.
The romanticism of "tall grass prairies untouched by the plow" may work for someone sitting in a brownstone on Manhattan, but to those of us still out here on the short grass prairie, it just makes it tougher.

Take Care and God Bless,
A. Gordon Long, Jr.
Mike 18-Apr-2008 16:46
Jim, I loved your pictures of south san juan wilderness area. I am planning a trip to Platoro later this year. Your photos of the area really have me excited to get there. Super job capturing the immenseness!
John 25-Feb-2008 23:48
Nice pics from Weminuche Wilderness. How many days were you out?
troy dixon 25-Feb-2008 01:15
Man, what beautiful pictures, and i was so glad to see a picture of the log tube on the pyramid. I hiked 114 miles through the wemenuche wilderness when i was 13 (Im 40 now), went up to the window, and the pyramid, a total of 18 days of hiking, It brings back memories seeing your pictures, wish i knew if my name is still in the log tube after all these years. Anyway it was real nice seeing your photos, and what a nice photography job..
John Slay 20-Jan-2008 10:04
Just a friendly comment :
The US Forest Service calls this wonderful area Pawnee National Grasslands
( not Grassland ) .
Fantastic photos of the area ! Thanks for sharing ...
Jim Hicklin 12-Jul-2006 05:35

Great site, photos, and maps. What software/methods did you use to produce the 3D topographic maps? I find them most informative and useful.

Jim H.
Jimmy 01-Jun-2006 12:06
My buddies and I are thinking about doing the Collegiate Peaks this August?? Could
you share any info. about the hike, as we have never been to Colorado?? Your pics are
Jim Larkey17-Aug-2004 18:04
Welcome back Fred!

Looking forward to another great hiking experience with you next year....maybe some scree slopes :-)

Fred Preston 13-Aug-2004 21:18
Great pictures! Memories that will last a lifetime. It was great we could
get together. Hope to continue piling up memories in the future.

Your partner in climb,
mike & liz vargo 01-Jun-2004 01:35

My Dad sent me the link to your gallery. Liz and I loved the pictures, and made us want to head back out west. You and Linda look great!

Take care,

Mike & Liz
Mary & Mike 04-May-2004 21:40
Enjoyed the pictures of your latest adventures. Beautiful colors! (Jim could use a shave!) See you.
todd 07-Aug-2003 03:03
jim you have some great photos im going into the weminuche in the fall and would like some further info about the trails and the country
Jack Jones 14-Jun-2003 15:27
You have some great photos. Would you be interested in letting me use some of them for an ebay listing?
Jim Larkey31-Dec-2002 18:16
I'm sorry Jeannie, but I did not take any photos of the town. As you're probably aware, the "town" only consists of a few resisdents. As I recall, it is referenced somewhere in the travel brochures as a ghost town.

I'm not from Colorado, so I'm afraid I can't help you with your search for volunteers. Just a happy vacationer, passing through.

Good luck on your endeavors, and best wishes for the holidays.

Jeannie 28-Dec-2002 01:26
Can you get more pictures of Keota? The cemetery was all I found here and, I guess, maybe, that was all that was of interest? My father owns historic land there. He, along with some other land owners, want to start a foundation for its historic preservation. We need board members, and I may need to relocate there from southwest AZ to get the work done. I'd like to have a better idea of what I'd be getting myself into! Also, do you know anybody interested in volunteering on the board???
ben 17-May-2002 21:37
Hi i'm interested in the digiscoping process, but all the people I contact to help me are equipted with nikonn coolpix and explain that i can't use my canon G1 with my 80mm spoting scope.
I just seen on your pages that u are using a G1 with a kowa ...
How do you connect the canon to the spoting scope ? i try with mine but it's hard to focus and the result appear in a small circle area instead of "full screen" ...
with mode do you use ?
thanks by advance and sorry for my poor english

Al Ferry 25-Sep-2001 23:47
Again, great photos, but you are right, it is hard to not take good ones there! I see you were at the Sand Dunes
as were we. Al
Cindy Raymond 18-Sep-2001 10:31
Great pictures, beautiful country. Linda sent me!
Jim Larkey08-Sep-2001 16:55

Thanks for the kind comments, but with the landscape in Colorado, it's hard to miss the mark!

Thanks again.
Cory Somes 07-Sep-2001 14:57
You've missed your calling...The hell with the utility industry you should be a landscape photographer. The pix are beautiful!!