Value of a Flexible Hiking Plan (Part 6)

Day 3 Pfiffner Traverse: The Value of a Flexible Hiking Plan  Itinerary  18.3 miles  Start: Island Lake (Indian Peaks W.)     Finish: Grouseberry Campground (RMNP)   Actual Hike 12.59 miles  Start: Gourd Lake (Indian Peaks W.)  Finish: Lake Verna (RMNP) Gaia Track Kent Gruetzmacher September 14, 2020  Last week on the Pfiffner Traverse Series, we examined the continued deterioration of my hiking itinerary for the trip in September 2020. In this installment, I focus on the challenging experiences of a day on the Pfiffner Traverse primary route, as well as my decision-making process in the face of continued adversities. In the end, …

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Recreational Cannabis Study (Part 10)

Contemporary Evolutions: Recreational Cannabis Study Recreational cannabis represents the most progressive market model seen in the industry today – this is due mainly to the fact that larger consumer bases spur the greatest innovation in the business. As such, recreational cannabis markets most closely resemble other mainstream industries in the U.S. and beyond, where pure consumer demand drives business competition as well as success. In the language of economists, this sort of market structure operates under the banner of “laissez-faire economics.” For those who did not know, the term laissez-faire is defined as “a doctrine opposing governmental interference in economic …

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The Ambivalence of Mother Nature (Part 5)

Day 2 Pfiffner Traverse: The Ambivalence of Mother Nature  Itinerary  16.6 miles  Start: Caribou Lake (Indian Peaks W.)    Finish: Island Lake (Indian Peaks W.) Actual Hike  16.22 miles Start: Columbine Lake (Indian Peaks W.) Finish: Gourd Lake Trail (Indian Peaks W.) Gaia Track Kent Gruetzmacher September 13, 2020  In the last installment of the Pfiffner Traverse Series, I discussed my first day hiking on the route. In this post, I will look more in-depth at the challenging conditions of the hike that arose due to the wind storm which ravaged the area. Throughout the day, the ambivalence of mother nature …

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Risk Assessment in Hiking (Part 4)

Day 1 Pfiffner Traverse: Risk Assessment in Hiking Itinerary  16.5 miles  Start: Rogers Pass Trail (James Peak W.) Finish: Caribou Lake (Indian Peaks W.) Actual Hike  12.92 miles Start: Rogers Pass Trail (James Peak W.) Finish: Columbine Lake (Indian Peaks W.)  Gaia Track Kent Gruetzmacher September 12, 2020 Last week’s Pfiffner Traverse Series post dealt with the unique conditions of the route during September 2020. This week, I will discuss the first day of my trip and my initial experiences with risk assessment in hiking on the Piffner Traverse.  The difficulty of my chosen hike became further apparent on the …

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Consequences of the Grey Market (Part 9)

How Does the Grey Market Effect Local Communities? Last time on the KCG Content Green Rush series, we introduced grey market cannabis. In this post, we look more closely at how the grey market influences local communities and helps pervade the green rush myth.  For those who have come to depend on it for a livelihood, the grey-market presents one of the most volatile facets of the modern cannabis space. To this end, the entire platform is made possible by the manipulation of rapidly fleeting loopholes in the regulation of certain market segments. As such, the grey-market presents a somewhat …

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The Pfiffner Traverse in September 2020 (Part 3)

Unique Conditions of the Pfiffner Traverse in September 2020 Last week on the Pfiffner Traverse Series, I discussed the complexities of planning an off-trail backpacking trip. In this week’s blog post, I am looking at the specific challenges that were presented due to the conditions of the Pfiffner Traverse in September 2020. These challenges mainly have to do with the volatile weather of Colorado’s Front Range mountains.  Permitting through Rocky Mountain National Park was the primary factor influencing the dates of my Pfiffner Traverse trip. After doing some careful research through the RMNP website, I settled on the dates of …

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Planning a Pfiffner Traverse Hike (Part 2)

Lessons in Planning a Pfiffner Traverse Hike Last week I introduced the Pfiffner Traverse Series on the KCG Content blog. This week, I am diving into the actual planning of my trip in September 2020. This brief overview will give you a solid grasp on the unique challenges of planning a Pfiffner Traverse hike, as opposed to a normal “on trail” backpacking trip.  As I walked into the Kawuneeche Visitor Center in Rocky Mountain National Park on Sept 12, 2020, I was filled with both anxiety and trepidation. To thru-hike the Pfiffner Traverse, I needed to acquire backcountry camping permits …

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Introduction to the Pfiffner Traverse Series (Part 1)

Hiking the Pfiffner Traverse: Lessons in High-Risk Decision Making It can’t be denied that people are defined by their passions. Along this line of thought, many outdoor enthusiasts build their lives and shape their self-image around such passions. Yet, as our skill-levels and interests in the outdoors evolve, these changes often coincide with radical reassessments of self-identity. In September 2020, I embarked on a backpacking trip on Colorado’s Pfiffner Traverse that came to redefine my approach to wilderness travel. Even more, the cathartic insights I received through the process of high-risk decision-making on the hike forced a radical reevaluation of …

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Grey Market Cannabis (Part 8)

How the Grey Market Cannabis Industry Operates Last time on the KCG Content Green Rush Series, we finished our study of the medical cannabis vertical. In this installment, we look at grey market cannabis and its influence on our misconceptions of the green rush.  The grey-market in cannabis represents a convoluted mash-up of legal and illegal activity, where progressions in legalization efforts are destabilized by individuals manipulating a changing system for profit. To this end, grey-market dealings denote a combination of both medical and black-market systems in varying locales. Grey-markets are born hand-in-hand with novel legislation in medical marijuana, as …

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MMJ Market Analysis: Ohio Cannabis (Part 7)

Medical Marijuana Industry Analysis: Ohio Market The last installment of the Green Rush Series on the KCG Content blog introduced medical marijuana. In this post, we will look more in-depth on the topic of MMJ by studying the Ohio cannabis industry.  The Ohio cannabis industry offers a great sample for analyzing how a medical marijuana market operates. At the program’s conception in Ohio, the State had approved 21 qualifying conditions for their program, with most of these being terminal illnesses such as aids and cancer. However, the State’s list also allows the use of medical cannabis for less-severe maladies such as chronic pain and …

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