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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Postcard: Bike-to-Ski Season, Colorado

Postcard: Bike-to-Ski Season, Colorado

by Devon O'Neil June 17, 2014 Blogs

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 […]

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The High Country of the Mind

The High Country of the Mind

by Doug June 16, 2014 Blogs

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 […]

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Land in the Sky: Red Apple Rest

Land in the Sky: Red Apple Rest

by John P. O'Grady June 11, 2014 Blogs

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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Postcard: Austin, Texas

Postcard: Austin, Texas

by Devon O'Neil June 11, 2014 Blogs

Swimming holes are essential to making it through the summer in some places. Austin, Texas, is one of those places. While mountain biking in the Barton Creek drainage one 93-degree day last week, I was dirty, sticky, and bloodied from an endo onto rock when I came across this hole just outside downtown Austin. If […]

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