Digits

Digits

by M John Fayhee November 2, 2010 November 2010

There are few Mountain-Country nightmares more universal, more ass puckering, than the notion of unintentionally/accidentally (and, ergo, generally sans control, because, if you had control, then you would either be doing this on purpose or, failing that, not doing it at all) skiing into the trees. Avalanches trump that nightmare, sure. And being caught upside-down […]

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Naked Streets

Naked Streets

by Alan Stark November 2, 2010 Mountain Notebook

So I’m headed down 28th Street in Boulder to Mickey D’s for another heart-stopping sausage-and-egg muffin. Let me explain that 28th Street ranks with the butt-ugliest streets in any town in North America from Toronto to Juarez, including Detroit. The stoplight is flashing red, obviously malfunctioning. I cautiously pull into the left-hand turn lane and […]

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Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey

by Tara Flanagan November 2, 2010 Cartographic

In many ways, the Thanksgiving turkey has become a metaphor for the downfall of our bloated and broken American civilization. Once the sacrificial bird that united the Pilgrims and Indians (that’s the version that is completely devoid of revisionist history), it’s now a word used to describe idiots, has become a common incendiary device with […]

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Why We Do It

Why We Do It

by Michael Brady November 2, 2010 Mountain Notebook

In 1923, English mountaineer George Leigh Mallory was asked why he intended to climb Mount Everest the following year. He replied “because it’s there.” Those three words, regarded the most famed in all of mountaineering, might also be the raison d’être for any outdoor activity. The mountain-bike rider traverses a rocky trail because it’s there, […]

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