May Ski

May Ski

by Cameron Martindell May 7, 2014 Adventure Off Yonder

I should have done this years ago, but it finally struck at the right moment. I want to ski every month this year. Technically, I started in November, but I’m going for a clean January to December sweep. Granted, those winter months weren’t much of a challenge, but now that it’s May it takes a […]

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The 2014 Mountain Gazette Survivor Contest
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The 2014 Mountain Gazette Survivor Contest

by Doug May 5, 2014 Blogs

The 2014 Mountain Gazette Survivor Contest It takes guts, grit, and a desire to live against the grain to live in a mountain town. You have to adapt and you are often struck by the brunt of mother nature’s wrath–forest fires, windstorms, mudslides, floods, wild animals, run-ins with the law, even just the challenge of […]

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Mountain Passages: Reorganizing And Cleaning The Sacred Garage

Mountain Passages: Reorganizing And Cleaning The Sacred Garage

by Alan Stark May 1, 2014 Blogs

The garage is the last sacred place in our house. This is where I keep my tools and toys. Blue Eyes has no say in how things go in my garage. It is my zone; the rest of the house, not so much. Sure, I have little islands in the house that are sort of […]

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Postcard: Spring ritual

Postcard: Spring ritual

by Devon O'Neil April 30, 2014 Blogs

The sun hid for the duration of our ascent. Should we still summit? The fresh snow was wet and gloppy down low. Morale was poor. The descent might suck. Then, just as we reached the top of the bowl, the world lit up around us. We hurried to de-skin and scrape our skis. One by […]

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Postcard: Stegosaurus Ridge

Postcard: Stegosaurus Ridge

by Devon O'Neil April 14, 2014 Blogs

What is it about couloirs that incites such a rush? I like the walls. It is the closest I have come in the mountains to feeling like I am inside a wave. This particular tube snakes up a rock wall off the north side of Stegosaurus Ridge, a seldom skied zone in Colorado’s Upper Blue […]

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Land in the Sky: Looking for Four Thirty-Three

Land in the Sky: Looking for Four Thirty-Three

by John P. O'Grady April 10, 2014 Blogs

We had been traveling through the high country for several days. Mountains and canyons and too much sun. Somewhere along the way we skirted a lonesome treeless tarn. Beyond that rose a steep gravelly slope crowned with a large grove of ancient foxtail pines. Bill had his sights set on those trees. Years ago he […]

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Land in the Sky: After Words

Land in the Sky: After Words

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

Nature. God or gods. The body. The puzzling, the dark, the inexplicable, the infinite types of ambiguity, the mysterious closed in upon itself, fragmented to the eye that sees. Things before names. The emptiness. The silence The striving. With luck, to come back with a story. This is the oldest meaning of the word enigma: […]

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Postcard: Suburban Los Angeles bowl

Postcard: Suburban Los Angeles bowl

by Devon O'Neil April 1, 2014 Blogs

I was in southern California recently to report a story on a once-homeless Zulu skateboarder from Durban, South Africa, who is now pursuing his dream of becoming a professional athlete in the U.S. His name is Thalente Biyela (pronounced “Talent”) and the simple facts of his story are extraordinary. He was beaten savagely throughout his […]

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Mountain Passages: Finished with Winter and SAD in the Springtime

Mountain Passages: Finished with Winter and SAD in the Springtime

by Alan Stark March 31, 2014 Blogs

Springtime weather here in the High Country makes you just a little crazy. This mountain mental illness could be good old seasonal affective disorder (SAD). But it’s a little different from getting SAD on the Raincoast where the sky can be grey for years at a time (a semi-exaggeration but one winter Blue Eyes and […]

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Land in the Sky: Self Storage

Land in the Sky: Self Storage

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

When I remember the Upstate New York landscapes of my childhood, I recall images of dairy farms and apple orchards and headless horsemen. But when I look around the region today, I see housing tracts and shopping centers and self storage facilities. I also see a lot of eagles, which—thanks to DDT—nobody ever saw around […]

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