I don’t think it’s possible to call one place the best ski zone on earth. There are simply too many radical places to ski. However, if someone put a gun to my head and threatened to pull the trigger if I didn’t vote for one and only one, I would say Valdez, Alaska. And I … Continue reading Postcard: Valdez, Alaska
The tale of the old Old Green Beast or the horror (and occasional joy) of a climber who became a guidebook writer. By Cameron M. Burns When I was a young climber, I never ever, ever wanted to write a guidebook. Never ever. I hated them. As Steve Roper so famously wrote in a classic guide to the Sierra … Continue reading Confessions of a Non-wanna-be Guidebook Writer
Our erstwhile reporter jets off to Cuba with a headful of politics, art, music, and questions about what it will be like for an American to travel in a nation that has been closed off for so long. By Alan Stark While we are waiting at Miami International Airport (MIA), a number of thoughts rumble around my … Continue reading Mountain Passages: Cuba Libre!
Swiss avalanche guru Manuel Genswein swung through Colorado last week, and we got out for a ski tour just north of the Continental Divide. It’s easy to forget how insignificant each of us is, size-wise, until you venture into country much bigger than that which exists in our towns and valleys. Here, Genswein feels out the snowpack … Continue reading Postcard: Trailblazer
The same old news. I turn the radio off and take a long walk with the collie through empty woods. Melting snow and dying hemlocks. Robins and red-eyed vireos warming up their voices. Downy woodpeckers drumming up a racket. Vultures clearing leftovers from winter’s table. Back home, I shovel off the last pile of ice … Continue reading Land in the Sky: What’s Happening
On a warm spring day at 10,200 feet, we decided to head lower and maximize the temps. We drove to a BLM campground just outside of Salida, Colorado, on the Arkansas River. We drank suds around the fire, grilled meat and vegetables, and talked about everything and nothing at once. The next morning, the fish didn’t bite. … Continue reading Postcard: Arkansas River
The ancient tradition of shepherds taking their flocks up to the hills and living with them is dead in the U.S., but can “transhumance” hold on where it has been practiced for generations in Europe? By M. Michael Brady Shepherds have tended their flocks and herds for centuries. In the lingo of agriculture, what they … Continue reading Dateline Europe: Can Pastoralism Survive?
Sure, skiing, climbing and biking might be the things that draw you to a mountain town, but play in a rec sports league and you can finally call the place home. Looking back on my brief but transformative life in the mountains, there are many memories to consider when I try to pinpoint the to moment that … Continue reading The Rest of Your Life
Flip a rock, find a friend. Run or stay?
The British Virgin Islands are pristine for a number of reasons, most of them natural, but my favorite is the territory’s restrictions on who can buy property. You have to be a “BVIslander” (the senior status) or a “Belonger,” which is complicated but designed to prevent too many outsiders from buying into the islands then … Continue reading Postcard: Tortola, BVI