A passage is about movement, motion and traveling. I have a mantra that has kept me alive in the worst of times, both in the mountains, when everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and in my head, where my fear of impending doom can simply shut me down. It is just this: “Keep Moving … Keep Moving … Keep Moving.”

Mountain Passages: Ghost Bike

Mountain Passages: Ghost Bike

by Alan Stark August 19, 2013 Blogs

There was hate in the cyclist’s eyes. I was caught by traffic and blocking an intersection. Dumb move on my part; I should have been paying more attention. He was on a high-end road bike and in full kit—tall, skinny, powerful, and unshaven. I had blocked his turn. He yelled, “You Fucker!” and then slammed […]

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Mountain Passages—Why Are the Limes in My Margarita Brown?

Mountain Passages—Why Are the Limes in My Margarita Brown?

by Alan Stark May 2, 2013 Blogs

In this life there are some risks worth taking and there are some risks to be avoided. It is only by careful analysis and investigation that these risks can be properly evaluated. It is a fine spring day and to celebrate the season I sit down at a well-worn stool in my favorite mountain bar […]

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Bear and Willy

Dreaming of Summer

by Alan Stark February 11, 2013 Mountain Passages

Mountain people are odd creatures. In the heat of summer, we dream of knee-deep powder, followed by an evening near a warm cookstove, with a book and a beverage in a cabin tucked-in below treeline. But now in deepest, darkest winter, the dreaming reverses. I just hobbled outside the house here in Boulder to toss […]

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Unreliable Scale

Five Unresolutions

by Alan Stark January 8, 2013 Mountain Passages

Let’s be really honest about your New Year’s resolutions. You haven’t got one chance in a million of making it through next week on an all-vegetable diet, not to mention doing it alcohol-free between high-intensity yoga workouts in an overheated room and running laps at the local high school track. I give you a week […]

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Volcanoes, Mountain Towns, and People

by Alan Stark October 9, 2012 Mountain Passages

There are three things you don’t want to do in the mountains: you don’t want to be above tree line after noon in the summer, you don’t want to cut in the liftline and you don’t want to try to define a mountain town.

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sailing

Jargoned to Death

by Alan Stark August 14, 2012 Mountain Passages

Getting caught in a storm on a sailboat, and other jargon.

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Motorcycle Code

Motorcycle Code

by Alan Stark July 30, 2012 Mountain Passages

“I need help to buy a Honda 500 that I plan on riding to California.”

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Asian Pear tree

Garden Scheme

by Alan Stark June 22, 2012 Mountain Passages

To dream a garden and then to plant it is an act of independence and even defiance to the greater world.

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Stark Photo

Beer Training

by Alan Stark April 24, 2012 Mountain Passages

I’ve had my one allotted beer and I have this map of southwestern Colorado spread out before me.

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Trail Junkie

Trail Junkie

by Alan Stark March 27, 2012 Mountain Passages

Hard-core winter trail runners are junkies, they simply have to get out and do the miles, even when there is 400 feet of snow on the ground.

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