RawahRanger is the trail name of David Fanning. I’m a writer of stories, features, and travel reports from my base in Northern Colorado and from my travels around the world. I am a former software trainer and author and am now an aspiring writer and speaker. I moved to Northern Colorado to attend Colorado State University, and have been exploring the trails and wilderness in the area ever since, often as a Forest Service backcountry ranger with the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV) or the Nordic Rangers.
I recently thru-hiked The Colorado Trail three times, and I interviewed well over 100 hikers and mountain bike riders for a book I have just finished, entitled Voices of The Colorado Trail. I teach an ultralight backpacking course for PWV members. I like to hike, ski, backpack, catch fish with my Tenkara fly fishing rod, and clear trails with my ever-present Corona saw. In the summers, you can usually find me on The Colorado Trail or in the Rawah Wilderness, near my home in Colorado.
Occasionally, I travel to far flung locations around the world, such as this trip to the Arctic Ocean. Many of the essays in the Travel section of this web page are from trips outside Colorado. Several years ago, I spent a sabbatical in Munich, Germany, and had the opportunity to write a number of essays about my experiences in that wonderful city.
If you would like to know more about me, Rebecca Walsh at Just Trails did an interview with me. Renee Patrick, at Six Moon Designs, also interviewed me about my 2014 Colorado Trail hike. Stephen Meyers at the Coloradoan wrote a nice profile of me and my 2015 Colorado Trail hike, in which I interviewed hikers in a Humans of New York style. You can also listen to an interview about my book project on the Colorado Public Radio program, Colorado Matters. Please contact me if you would like me to do a presentation for your group or organization.
Rawah is pronounced “Ray wah,” and is said to be a Native American word meaning “wild place.”