2013 Mountain Dog Photo Contest: We Have a Winner!

2013 Mountain Dog Photo Contest: We Have a Winner!

by Doug November 4, 2013 Blogs

We picked five finalists and you voted. Meet Bella, the reader’s choice for the Mountain Gazette 2013 Mountain Dog Photo Contest.Bella wins a new Rab Mountaineering Microlight Alpine jacket, Kong dog toys and swag from the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. All five finalists win a Kong toy and HSBV swag too. It was tough for us to […]

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Mountain Passages: The Last Mountain Hike Before Ski Season

Mountain Passages: The Last Mountain Hike Before Ski Season

by Alan Stark October 31, 2013 Blogs

The last hike of the year is bittersweet. Bitter because one more hiking season is ending for the two of us, who have seen a number of seasons up here. Sweet because skis season is soon; we can see and feel winter coming. It’s a cool, clear late October day. We are heading south from […]

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Dean “Bullwinkle” Fidelman: Action, Nudes and Art in Motion

Dean “Bullwinkle” Fidelman: Action, Nudes and Art in Motion

by Chris Van Leuven October 31, 2013 Blogs

57-year-old photographer and climber Dean “Bullwinkle” Fidelman has been a fixture in the Yosemite and Joshua Tree, California climbing scenes off and on since the early 70s. Fidelman, aka Bullwinkle, earned his handle back in the ‘70s because of the way his afro hair resembled two antlers on either side of his head like the […]

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Land in the Sky: The Slough of Questions

Land in the Sky: The Slough of Questions

by John P OGrady October 30, 2013 Blogs

The other day I was in Albany, New York, for a little business at the State Library. After a while I got hungry and took a walk around the neighborhood. Nearby was a Mexican restaurant called El Mariachi. It’s right next to Empire State Plaza. The quaint redbrick of the restaurant stands in comfy contrast […]

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Postcard: First turns

Postcard: First turns

by Devon O'Neil October 29, 2013 Blogs

Ah, powder. You little temptress, you. I wait all summer for you to return, and when you do, it feels like you never left. Thank you for being you, all light and fluffy and cozy inside. Also, as an aside, contrary to what the last two seasons suggested, October in Breckenridge does not mean mountain […]

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Postcard: Eastern Iowa

Postcard: Eastern Iowa

by Devon O'Neil October 21, 2013 Blogs

Timing is everything. My wife and I flew to Iowa last week to visit her family in the tiny town where she grew up. A few minutes after we landed, her parents picked us up and we drove past this billboard surrounded by cornfields. I had a hard time communicating my disappointment to her mom […]

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Land in the Sky: Thank You for Your Service

Land in the Sky: Thank You for Your Service

by John P OGrady October 12, 2013 Blogs

My friend Bill was on his way home from a big day of hiking in the mountains. He had a hankering for some iced tea, so he stopped at a small grocery store in the Sierra foothills and went in. A stout old lady sat behind the counter. Nobody else in the store. The old […]

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Money Does Grow on Trees: Meet Tahoe’s Pine Cone Man

Money Does Grow on Trees: Meet Tahoe’s Pine Cone Man

by Megan Michelson October 11, 2013 Blogs

Money Does Grow on Trees By Megan Michelson   Yan Campbell was out on a hike near his home in South Lake Tahoe, California, in 2006 when he started noticing the massive 6-inch Jeffrey pinecones that were scattered all over the ground. People might buy these large, beautiful pinecones if they were available online, he […]

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Land in the Sky: Fording Road

Land in the Sky: Fording Road

by John P OGrady October 10, 2013 Blogs

We were out just driving around in our heap of language but needed to be somewhere else. The map indicated a route: Fording Road. Sounded promising. We found it and made the turn. It proved a paved but narrow country lane through an expired cornfield. The farmer did not wave when, waving, we drove past. […]

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Postcard: Crystal Peak

Postcard: Crystal Peak

by Devon O'Neil October 8, 2013 Blogs

Summit logs fascinate me. Not just because they tell us who’s been where we are, but because they inevitably add spice to life, a la this log from the summit of 13,852-foot Crystal Peak in the southern Tenmile Range. Seems the hike didn’t quite meet a certain someone’s expectations. And so began an entertaining, if […]

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