Postcard: Taos Ski Valley, N.M.

Postcard: Taos Ski Valley, N.M.

by Devon O'Neil March 11, 2014 Blogs

Avalanche dogs may be smarter and more disciplined than their peers, but they still love to lounge as much as (more than?) the fur ball next door. Exhibit A: this trio at Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico. When I walked into ski patrol headquarters last Friday, they barely raised an ear. I am going to […]

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Postcard: Ski shop tune room

Postcard: Ski shop tune room

by Devon O'Neil March 3, 2014 Blogs

There are few places more true to the ski-bum culture than the back room of a local ski shop. With scant exceptions, anything goes. And also with scant exceptions, it tends to stay in that room if it happened there. I’ve moonlighted at a local ski shop for the past seven years and long believed […]

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Survivor: The long (down and dirty) history of The Mountain Gazette and the life and times of Dick Dorworth

Survivor: The long (down and dirty) history of The Mountain Gazette and the life and times of Dick Dorworth

by Doug February 28, 2014 Blogs

Survivor By Dick Dorworth Mountain Gazette has been a free-form, free-spirited favorite publication of many literate free-form, free- spirited Westerners since it was born in the mind of the brilliant editor, Mike Moore, who made it into what many consider the best alternative mountain lifestyle print publication ever seen in America. It lived a vibrant […]

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Mountain Passages: How Did You Do With Last Year's Resolutions?

Mountain Passages: How Did You Do With Last Year’s Resolutions?

by Alan Stark February 28, 2014 Blogs

Willy and I are walking down 4th Street in Boulder. He’s my three-year-old, black, curly, Portuguese Water Dog. His favorite person in the world is Blue Eyes but he sort of likes me because I take him on trail runs twice a week. The 4th Street running babes look at him and smile. I could […]

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Postcard: Stuffed animal on Red Mountain

Postcard: Stuffed animal on Red Mountain

by Devon O'Neil February 20, 2014 Blogs

Backcountry skiing with dogs is fun. I don’t have one, but a number of friends do. Last week my buddy Jeff brought along his puppy Gordon for a few laps on 13,229-foot Red Mountain near my house. Gordon loved it until we strapped our skis on our packs and booted up an exposed ridge in […]

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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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