Land in the Sky: High Summer Meadow

Land in the Sky: High Summer Meadow

by John P OGrady August 15, 2013 Blogs

Today I found myself wandering through a high summer meadow under a kingfisher sky. I hadn’t visited a place like this for a very long time. The grass was tall and infused with fragrant wildflowers and everything was waving in the wind. As I made my way along the lovely slope, I tripped over something. […]

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Land in the Sky: No Slouch

Land in the Sky: No Slouch

by John P OGrady August 13, 2013 Blogs

“I’m sorry that you don’t believe what I’m telling you, but come with me and you’ll have your ghost.” It always begins this way. A favorite happy hour prank pulled on unsuspecting summer visitors down at Pandora’s Tavern. Tourists. Those nice folks who drop in because they’ve read the many agreeable reports concerning this place. […]

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Postcard: White River National Forest

Postcard: White River National Forest

by Devon O'Neil August 7, 2013 Blogs

Two weeks ago, my twin brother and his two kids, ages 4 and 2, came to stay with us in Breckenridge. About an hour into their visit, the four-year-old, named Kinley, said: “Uncle Devon, can you take us to the forest?” Nothing could have pleased me more. She and her little brother, Keegan, were mesmerized. […]

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Mountain Passages: Fireweed Season and the Failures of Congress

Mountain Passages: Fireweed Season and the Failures of Congress

by Alan Stark August 5, 2013 Blogs

“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.”     —Mark Twain Fireweed Season means we’ll see our first snow flurry here in the High Country within six weeks. Sure, it’s just the first week in August and the most magnificent season in the mountains […]

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Land in the Sky: Guide to Mount Analogue

Land in the Sky: Guide to Mount Analogue

by John P OGrady August 2, 2013 Blogs

The climbing instructions said: “When you get to the summit, turn right at the cloud and please continue.” We were on our own after that.

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Postcard: Eagles Nest Wilderness, Colorado

Postcard: Eagles Nest Wilderness, Colorado

by Devon O'Neil July 23, 2013 Blogs

July is a mesmerizing time to be above treeline in Colorado. This holds especially true for the Eagles Nest Wildnerness in the state’s northern mountains, notably the Gore Range, pictured here. Local trail runners hold sacred a 13-mile loop around Buffalo Mountain that takes you through some of the most ridiculous wildflower fields on earth. […]

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Mountain Passages: My Last Word on Patrolling Front Range Cross-Country Trailheads

Mountain Passages: My Last Word on Patrolling Front Range Cross-Country Trailheads

by Alan Stark July 22, 2013 Blogs

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”     —The Buddha There is no one out at seven this morning but the other dog walkers in my Breckenridge neighborhood. We nod and smile at each other and […]

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Moving to Idaho

Moving to Idaho

by Mike Medberry July 17, 2013 Blogs

MOVING TO IDAHO  The classic story: The boy came here with a broken heart and found a new love in the land. By Mike Medberry   1 When I drove to McCall from Sacramento, I came in expectation and sorrow.  I knew there lived a place with salmon and trout teeming in rivers, with elk, deer, […]

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Postcard: Hail on the trail, Colorado

Postcard: Hail on the trail, Colorado

by Devon O'Neil July 17, 2013 Blogs

It started raining softly at first. The bigger clouds looked like they were going to stay south of us. We marched on along the trail, still  a few miles from the lake. The drops got bigger and started falling faster. There were more of them. Then they got hard. Ice. We tucked under a big […]

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Postcard: French Pass, Colorado

Postcard: French Pass, Colorado

by Devon O'Neil July 10, 2013 Blogs

Ah, summer. If only you weren’t so short. French Pass, located at 12,046 feet on the Continental Divide just east of Breckenridge, is a marvel of a mountain bike destination. But our window to ride it without traipsing through too much snow is tight. Maybe four months at most. My twin brother Sean and I […]

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