Postcard: Ken’s Cabin, Boreas Pass, CO

In the midst of winter’s rigor (wake, eat, ski, work, eat, sleep), a quick jaunt up to a backcountry hut can reset even the most frenzied of us. This is part of the allure of undertaking hutmaster duties for the Summit Huts Association (the escape ranks just above stirring other people’s poop). I do a handful of … Continue reading Postcard: Ken’s Cabin, Boreas Pass, CO

Land in the Sky: Back to Fundamentals

Middle of February. I have an 8:30 a.m. appointment in Albany to have the car serviced. It’s over an hour’s drive away. Need to get an early start. That means a pre-dawn, subzero walk with the collie through snowy woods. We head off down the snowshoe trail. He runs ahead, barking into the dark. He … Continue reading Land in the Sky: Back to Fundamentals

Dog Gash, Big Bend National Park

Dog Gash, Big Bend National Park Trails are constructed, maintained to control us, to protect the landscape from the impacts of our growing numbers. Routes are optional. By Brooke Williams Three camper-backed trucks are parked a the exhibit turn out off of north-running Highway 385 in Big Bend, National Park, which seems strange. We thought … Continue reading Dog Gash, Big Bend National Park

Postcard: World Championships, Beaver Creek, CO

Every two years, the alpine ski racing universe takes over a mountain and crowns 10 world champions in a fortnight. This year, said universe took over Beaver Creek in Colorado’s Vail Valley, the first time in 16 years the worlds have taken place on American snow. Say what you will about U.S. racing fans — how they … Continue reading Postcard: World Championships, Beaver Creek, CO

The Story of My Heart: Brooke Williams speaks with 19th century nature-mystic Richard Jefferies

Last February, winter eased its chokehold on the high desert. The sun was warm enough for both mud and sweat, and I sat on our south-facing deck, eating a carrot and squinting while the desert quiet hummed like a huge and distant insect. I had been working for months to make personal sense of a … Continue reading The Story of My Heart: Brooke Williams speaks with 19th century nature-mystic Richard Jefferies

February 2015 Poems

Welcome to the latest issue of Mountain Gazette poetry. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the magic of language, how it builds within our minds a world that’s been created in someone else’s (the writer’s) head. Which is to say that lately I’ve been thinking a lot about communication: verbal, written, and otherwise. About … Continue reading February 2015 Poems