Land in the Sky: Hidden Lake

Land in the Sky: Hidden Lake

by John P. O'Grady July 25, 2014 Land in the Sky

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 […]

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Postcard: Durban, South Africa

Postcard: Durban, South Africa

by Devon O'Neil July 18, 2014 Blogs

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 […]

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THE ANTHROPOCENTRIC ANTHROPOCENE SHAM/SCAM

THE ANTHROPOCENTRIC ANTHROPOCENE SHAM/SCAM

by Dick Dorworth July 15, 2014 Blogs

  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 […]

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Land in the Sky: About to End

Land in the Sky: About to End

by John P. O'Grady July 4, 2014 Blogs

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. […]

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Postcard: Rochester, Minnesota

Postcard: Rochester, Minnesota

by Devon O'Neil July 1, 2014 Blogs

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 […]

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Mountain Passages: Iceland Ruminations

Mountain Passages: Iceland Ruminations

by Alan Stark June 30, 2014 Blogs

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 […]

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Land in the Sky: A World Government

Land in the Sky: A World Government

by John P. O'Grady June 30, 2014 Blogs

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 […]

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Land in the Sky: Beyond This Point

Land in the Sky: Beyond This Point

by John P. O'Grady June 26, 2014 Blogs

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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Postcard: Mount of the Holy Cross

Postcard: Mount of the Holy Cross

by Devon O'Neil June 25, 2014 Blogs

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 […]

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Land in the Sky: Without Us

Land in the Sky: Without Us

by John P. O'Grady June 24, 2014 Blogs

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 […]

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