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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Postcard: When seasons collide

Postcard: When seasons collide

by Devon O'Neil November 7, 2013 Blogs

Say hello to Sawmill Creek in early November. Early winter ski missions up this drainage require a skintrack next to the creek, which is about the most beautiful thing you see all day, powder or no powder. If I were a squirrel, I would get in my kayak and fire off one of the pillows […]

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Land in the Sky: Sticking Together

Land in the Sky: Sticking Together

by John P. O'Grady November 6, 2013 Blogs

It was the day after All Souls’ Day. We had walked the length of Westchester County, north to south. An epic hike along the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. Toward the end of day, in darkening woods, we came upon a sign. It read: “Welcome to New York City.” We had our doubts but kept going. […]

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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. O'Grady 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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