Fayhee and Sojourner to Headline Written Word festival in New Mexico This Fall. If you have been looking for a semi-literate excuse to visit New Mexico’s astounding Gila Country, here it is. Mountain Gazette alumni M. John Fayhee and Mary Sojourner will be presenters at the Southwest Festival of the Written Word at Western New Mexico University in Silver City this fall. … Continue reading Southwest Festival of the Written Word
There is a road that exists, not only in the artificial creations of advertising agencies who sell us BMWs and Audis, but in the forests of southern Washington State.
Let’s face it, there are good dirt roads and there are bad dirt roads. Crested Butte has mostly good dirt roads. Some take you into a great expanse; others just let you get off the pavement downtown. But the feeling of freedom is the same. Photos by Devon O’Neil
I need new boots for an upcoming trip to the mountains of Vermont. So I make the long drive to an outdoor gear store in a fancy shopping plaza. Wikipedia says it is the third oldest shopping plaza in the region. It opened in 1959, the year after I was born. One of the original … Continue reading Land in the Sky: Red Wings
We get grumpy when choices are made for us by government and corporations without any outside input—particularly our input. By Alan Stark No one sought anyone’s approval on the following traffic scam, bulletproof packaging, and advertising arrogance. There was no notice of change or alternate choice. There were no hearings or discussion of options. The … Continue reading Mountain Passages: Rants and a Thunderstorm
A fine summer morning in Upstate New York. I load the collie into the car. The two of us head off from our place in the Catskills to find the home of Robert M. Coates (1897-1973). It’s down the mountain and across the Hudson River in Columbia County. Few today remember Coates or his writing, … Continue reading Land in the Sky: Following Directions
Ever been to Maui? If you have, maybe you know that you can go from camping on a beach to camping inside a 10,000-foot volcano crater from one night to the next. This is precisely what my wife and I did during our first and only trip to Hawaii a few Mays back. We pitched … Continue reading Postcard: Haleakala Crater
Early morning early summer walk along a wooded road with the collie. Black-eyed vireo—the “Preacher Bird”—finally shuts up. The only sound now, distant years. The collie stops to sniff something amid the roadside weeds. I spy a single garlic mustard plant in bloom, right next to his right back paw. How’d I miss it before … Continue reading Land in the Sky: The Anointment
Step back to the Golden Age of English mountaineering when William Cecil Slingsby pioneered routes in Norway, including Storen, which was believed to be impossible to climb at the time. By M. Michael Brady The golden age of mountaineering among English-speaking peoples arguably started in 1857 with the foundation of the first Alpine club in London, described as: … Continue reading Dateline Europe: The Golden Age of English Mountaineering… In Norway.
How do you make it in a mountain town? For Liam Doran, the answer to that question has simply been to do what he loves and focus in. The most difficult thing about moving to a mountain town? Figuring out how to stay and find work that fulfills you. While that road has not been easy … Continue reading In Focus: Breckenridge Photographer Liam Doran and the Art of Sport