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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 […]

Postcard: Mount of the Holy Cross

Postcard: Mount of the Holy Cross

Mount of the Holy Cross, just southwest of Minturn, Colorado, is one of the most famous mountains in the west. It is also a royal beeatch to access before the summer solstice, at which point a 9-mile, potholed dirt road to the trailhead opens to vehicles. A friend, Brennan Lagasse, and I talked about skiing […]

Land in the Sky: Without Us

Land in the Sky: Without Us

Early evening, Catskill Mountains of New York. I sit on the front deck and sip from a glass of wine, enjoying a fine spell of June weather. The trees are robust and green. In one of them a dove is cooing. Chipmunks scamper along a nearby stone wall. It was built by a farmer who […]

Postcard: Bike-to-Ski Season, Colorado

Postcard: Bike-to-Ski Season, Colorado

June and July (and, if you’re so inclined, August) are the months when skiing in Colorado requires an unusually long approach, the sort we rarely face in this state thanks to our high altitude. Yet despite the extra weight on our backs and the five hours it took to ski 1,700 vertical feet, there was something especially pleasing about mountain […]

The High Country of the Mind

The High Country of the Mind

The High Country of the Mind   How many mountains does it take to reach the high country of the mind? We often glimpse it, but how do we get there? What does it take to bring the clarity of our experience of the mountains into all aspects of our lives? By David Scott Gilligan […]

Land in the Sky: Red Apple Rest

Land in the Sky: Red Apple Rest

Red Apple Rest was a famous highway stop along Route 17 in Tuxedo, New York. The cafeteria-style restaurant opened in 1931 and for decades did a booming business. Several generations of vacationers regarded this place as the psychological halfway point between New York City and the hotels of the Catskill Mountains. Open twenty-four hours, it […]

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