Land in the Sky: A Winter Idyll

Land in the Sky: A Winter Idyll

by John P. O'Grady February 18, 2014 Blogs

I spent a solitary day climbing through the deep, unconsolidated snows on Black Dome Mountain. I was dropped off at the trailhead and planned to traverse a half dozen elevated miles across the range back to home, where the trail comes out. An easy enough hike in other seasons but a challenge in winter. Especially […]

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Land in the Sky: The Course of Empire

Land in the Sky: The Course of Empire

by John P. O'Grady February 15, 2014 Blogs

In 2014 I spent a day at the New-York Historical Society. I used to visit there a lot, but it’s been a while since the last time. This museum has one of the largest collections of Hudson River School paintings anywhere, which is why I liked going there back in the day. On the outside, […]

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Postcard: Mutton Cove, NZ

Postcard: Mutton Cove, NZ

by Devon O'Neil February 14, 2014 Blogs

It may be treasonous for a powder hound to wish for sun in the middle of a powderiffic winter, but I figure it can never hurt to look at a deserted-beach photo in February. This was taken during a three-day kayak trip through the gorgeous wonderland that is Abel Tasman National Park on New Zealand’s […]

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Dark Side of the Moon: In memoriam two lost hikers

Dark Side of the Moon: In memoriam two lost hikers

by Mike Medberry February 13, 2014 Blogs

When lava flowed into Craters of the Moon two thousand years ago, limber pines burst into flames. Molds of trees were retained, as rock cooled and solidified where the trees had been. Were you lured by this magic, by these stone sirens? You walked into a vast maze of desert rock, sharp, irregular, raven black, […]

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In Praise of "Croz": David Crosby's Surprise Hit Record Is a Father-and-Son Triumph

In Praise of “Croz”: David Crosby’s Surprise Hit Record Is a Father-and-Son Triumph

by Steve Silberman February 12, 2014 Blogs

In Praise of “Croz”: David Crosby’s Surprise Hit Record is a Father-and-Son Triumph By Steve Silberman David Crosby occupies a paradoxical position in American pop music. He is simultaneously one of the most celebrated and one of the most underappreciated musicians of his generation—a generation that produced the timeless voices and visions of Bob Dylan, […]

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A Season in Ski Town USA: Life through the eyes of Steamboat's most local local

A Season in Ski Town USA: Life through the eyes of Steamboat’s most local local

by Eugene Buchanan February 6, 2014 Blogs

Steamboat Springs, Colo., sent six athletes to the Sochi Olympics, but back home the game is always on. What’s it like living in a ski town? While certain outdoor amenities might be closer at hand, just like everywhere else, you still have to squeeze in your outings between work and family obligations. For sanity’s sake, […]

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Postcard: Four-foot storm

Postcard: Four-foot storm

by Devon O'Neil February 4, 2014 Blogs

In a way, I took solace in seeing this SUV almost fully buried by last week’s four-foot storm in Breckenridge. It was parked in a short-term rental zone and its owner obviously hadn’t touched it since the deluge began. That meant, to me, that he/she was out ripping it up. Alas, it was gone Monday […]

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Mountain Passages: A Meditation on Boomer Fear and Turning Around in Front of the Storm

Mountain Passages: A Meditation on Boomer Fear and Turning Around in Front of the Storm

by Alan Stark February 1, 2014 Blogs

My brother-in-law is in the ICU after having his chest cracked, getting hooked up to a heart/lung machine, and having some valves replaced. Blue Eyes has been with her brother since before sunrise. I just talked to her and heard both relief and caution in her voice. The caution in her voice scares me. This […]

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Land in the Sky: Silent Spring

Land in the Sky: Silent Spring

by John P. O'Grady January 28, 2014 Blogs

Dead of winter in the Hudson Valley. Nights are long and harrowed by arctic wind. The river is choked with ice. I look at the snowy hills with their bare trees and cold castles of a bygone gilded age. One of them belonged to the landscape painter Frederick Church, another to a beer baron whose […]

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Trucker Hat Nordic: What happens when a middle-aged dude tries to take down NCAA women's skate skiers?

Trucker Hat Nordic: What happens when a middle-aged dude tries to take down NCAA women’s skate skiers?

by Mark D. Miller January 27, 2014 Blogs

What happens when a middle-aged dude tries to take down NCAA women’s skate skiers? By Mark D. Miller The two girls in the lead were powerfully built, pear shaped with thick legs and hips, not stereotypical college athletes by any means.  Instead of chiseled facial lines and sinewy muscles, they had meaty arms, rounded cheeks and […]

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