Caribou Dreams: A meditation on Alaska's great wild herds

Caribou Dreams: A meditation on Alaska’s great wild herds

by Doug December 23, 2013 Blogs

Caribou Dreams By Jess Lewis Photos by Nathaniel Wilder (nathanielwilder.com)   Caribou spill from the hills and instantly my upset stomach is forgotten. I stare through binoculars slack-jawed as they pour like water from the Brooks Range down onto the river ice. Thousands fill the basin, their bodies steaming in the weak June light. As a […]

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Postcard: Pennsylvania Creek

Postcard: Pennsylvania Creek

by Devon O'Neil December 9, 2013 Blogs

First, imagine how rich you would be if you got paid every time you spotted a Subaru Outback or Toyota Tacoma at a trailhead. This Tacoma was waiting at the Pennsylvania Creek TH when I got down from a chilly backcountry ski outing over the weekend. Someone left a funny note on the camper window, […]

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Postcard: Wolf Creek moguls practice

Postcard: Wolf Creek moguls practice

by Devon O'Neil December 2, 2013 Blogs

The U.S. Freestyle Moguls Team just wrapped up a week of training at Wolf Creek Ski Area in southern Colorado, a first step of sorts toward the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia’s Caucasus Mountains. I took in some of their runs on a day that saw the hill receive nearly a foot of new […]

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Mountain Passages: Post Holing 101

Mountain Passages: Post Holing 101

by Alan Stark December 1, 2013 Blogs

Good evening class, this evening’s topic is how to post hole. Please organize yourselves by IQ, with the smart ones in the front. Post holing, or sinking up to your crotch in snow with every step, is a mountain skill that comes from choosing the wrong hiking partner, who will lead you to the wrong […]

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Land in the Sky: Forest Ecology

Land in the Sky: Forest Ecology

by John P. O'Grady November 25, 2013 Blogs

In the 1970s I went to the Great North Woods to study forestry. I believed that this would be my chance to dwell in deep groves and sequestered places. Soon enough I realized my mistake. Resource management is not an appropriate practice for one who delights less in the chainsaw than in the standing oak. […]

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Postcard: World Cup techs at Copper Mountain, CO

Postcard: World Cup techs at Copper Mountain, CO

by Devon O'Neil November 20, 2013 Blogs

On Tuesday, November 19th, at Copper Mountain, Colorado, the highest profile ski racer in the world crashed hard during a training run, putting her World Cup and Olympic season in jeopardy. Four hours after Lindsey Vonn limped off the snow and retreated to her home in Vail for further evaluation, a friend and I strolled […]

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Land in the Sky: Bambi Noshes on Tweety Bird

Land in the Sky: Bambi Noshes on Tweety Bird

by John P. O'Grady November 19, 2013 Blogs

We went out to dinner the other night with my buddy Charles. He told us about this video in which a deer eats a bird. Yes, a deer eats a bird. We did not believe him and told him as much. So he pulled out his iPhone and brought up the video and we watched. […]

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Land in the Sky: Opening Day

Land in the Sky: Opening Day

by John P. O'Grady November 18, 2013 Blogs

To celebrate opening day of hunting season, we went on a bushwhack through some of the more remote reaches of the Catskill Mountains. The peaks around there are trail-less. Once upon a time they all had names, but no map could hold onto them. Our intention was to stay out of the line of fire […]

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Postcard: Windswept and knee-naked

Postcard: Windswept and knee-naked

by Devon O'Neil November 13, 2013 Blogs

I don’t wear knee pads every time I go telemark skiing, but when it’s early in the season and the stumps and rocks are more exposed than usual, I never leave home without them. My friend Matt is the same way. On this recent day, however, he forgot to put them on before we started […]

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The God of Skiing: Spider Sabich

The God of Skiing: Spider Sabich

by Peter Kray November 13, 2013 Blogs

Ed’s Note: Few ski bums have perfected the art of living the ski life better than Mountain Gazette’s editor-at-large, Peter Kray. The man has spent years seeing the sport from every angle—from the finish line of the Vancouver Olympics, to safety breaks in the Jackson Hole backcountry, to the halls of the SIA trade show in Vegas, […]

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