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Mountain Passages: Getting Trashed By My Cycling Partner And The Seven Motherfuckers

Mountain Passages: Getting Trashed By My Cycling Partner And The Seven Motherfuckers

My cycling partner weighs 140 pounds wet. I weigh 65 more than that dry. Once again today he’s trashing me in the flats around Boulder. We are essentially the same age. We are not older than dirt, but close to it. We have all the normal Boulder bike gear, that is to say bikes that […]

Creamsicle Dick and the Reading of the Classifieds

Creamsicle Dick and the Reading of the Classifieds

Creamsicle Dick and the Reading of the Classifieds By Cameron M. Burns Author’s note: some of the email addresses and phone numbers in this piece have been slightly modified (using Xs) to spare the authors of these real advertisements unnecessary attention. I have kept the typography exactly as the original. People of the Rocky Mountain […]

July 2014 Poems

July 2014 Poems

Summer is here in full, which means that many of us are embarking on journeys of various distances and complexities. For most of us, summer is a time of motion, full of sensation; we savor warmth and coolness and embrace breakdown and repair. We’re gliding down rivers and jetting up high in airplanes. And sometimes […]

Postcard: Frisco, Colorado

Postcard: Frisco, Colorado

Ah, mountain creativity. Some people plant flowers. Other people lynch laptops. I don’t think we’ll see this scene on the cover of Fine Gardening magazine, but it does provoke thought among people who wander past, which is more than I can say for my yard. (Click image to […]

Land in the Sky: Hidden Lake

Land in the Sky: Hidden Lake

Hidden Lake lies in the shadow of Mount Analogue. We set out on a trail to find it. The path was lined with low willow and dwarf fireweed. Clouds hung low over the peak. The air was chill. We walked a long way and gained some elevation. We came to a place we believed was […]

Postcard: Durban, South Africa

Postcard: Durban, South Africa

Durban is one of South Africa’s surfing hotbeds, home to some of the world’s premier barreling beachbreaks. But 30 miles inland from the famous, high-rise-lined beachfront sits a different kind of landscape. Dry, prickly, and woven together by a steep network of trails, the Valley of a Thousand Hills is home to natural athletes who […]

THE ANTHROPOCENTRIC ANTHROPOCENE SHAM/SCAM

THE ANTHROPOCENTRIC ANTHROPOCENE SHAM/SCAM

  THE ANTHROPOCENTRIC ANTHROPOCENE SHAM/SCAM By Dick Dorworth “If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.” Edward O. Wilson “I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just […]

Land in the Sky: About to End

Land in the Sky: About to End

Early July early morning. Steady rain all night. It continues. A gray-green mist shrouds Paradise Hill in the Catskill Mountains. The deer are bedded down. A solitary wood thrush, perched perdue, sings his song for the joy of it. The collie puppy barks at every leaf drip. He barks and he barks and he barks. […]

Postcard: Rochester, Minnesota

Postcard: Rochester, Minnesota

A family reunion on my wife’s side beckoned us to Rochester, Minnesota, last weekend. Twenty-eight out of a possible 29 attendees made the trip, coming from as far away as Winnipeg, Manitoba. Sunday morning, a handful of us walked down to Cascade Creek and a swing that my wife used to play on when she was […]

Mountain Passages: Iceland Ruminations

Mountain Passages: Iceland Ruminations

Mountain Passages: Ruminations on Vikings Vikings have gotten bad rap. It’s true that for about 300 years the boys did get in their longboats and pretty much terrorize every coastland in Europe, but I was just in Iceland and I came away with a different impression of who these people were. The Vikings were like […]

Land in the Sky: A World Government

Land in the Sky: A World Government

Late one summer morning, an unexpected car pulls into the drive. I don’t recognize the vehicle. It proceeds slowly down and comes to a stop in front of the barn. This arrival is a big surprise, as we live in the middle of nowhere. The only strangers who show up on the doorstep are the […]

Land in the Sky: Beyond This Point

Land in the Sky: Beyond This Point

I stopped in at Rock and Snow, the venerable climbing shop in New Paltz, New York. Its address, at least for me, is Memory Lane, in the very shadow of the Shawangunks. Inside the front door is an alcove that houses a small museum of climbing gear from days gone by. Displayed in glass cases […]

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