Love and Loathing on the River

Love and Loathing on the River

by Jeff Osgood October 12, 2010 Features

Bill the river guide was a welcome contrast. I’d spent the last day and a half traveling on a church retreat with a couple of deacon chaperones and a dozen squeaky-clean teenagers. So when we unloaded on the bank of the New River and met the man who would be steering our raft, I sidled […]

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Hope is the Thing with Feathers

Hope is the Thing with Feathers

by Jen Jackson October 12, 2010 Features

The violet hour belongs to swallows. This is the evening span when canyon walls glow with an interior luminosity, when the setting sun simply cannot account for the wash of colors across the land — colors that exist for this one expansive moment each day, hues that Crayola finds impossible to ensnare in wax. This […]

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The Devil’s Stairway

The Devil’s Stairway

by Cal Glover October 12, 2010 Features

“There’s just one particular harbor … so far, and yet so near … ” — Jimmy Buffett, 1987 So how was I to know that in June of 1971, standing at the on ramp to I-95 outside Fort Liquordale, Florida, with my protruding thumb pointed north and west, that 72 hours later I would land […]

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The Loon of Mystic Heights Pond

The Loon of Mystic Heights Pond

by Dick Dorworth October 12, 2010 Features

Most of our time is spent in Idaho, but Jeannie, my girlfriend, partner and love in life, owns a house on the pond in Mystic Heights just outside Bozeman, Montana. We spend less time in the house on the pond than it deserves, but our irregular visits are cherished, nourishing and always educational. Bozeman and the […]

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Cross-Border Hiking: Getting Longer

Cross-Border Hiking: Getting Longer

by Michael Brady October 8, 2010 Mountain Notebook

Long-distance hiking, or walking as it’s called in Great Britain, has long been a European thing. Many long-distance trails, or paths (the British term), have Christian connections. El Camino de Santiago, the “Way of Saint James,” is a 500-mile-long pilgrimage route in northwestern Spain, to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, where legend holds that the […]

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Reconfiguration

Reconfiguration

by Laura Raskus October 8, 2010 Mountain Notebook

I’ve been fantasizing about a friend of mine. He’s clever and irreverent, and he has lips I’m dying to taste. All too often, I find myself distracted by the thought of coaxing him into bed. It’s irrational. But I need to feel the cadence of his breath against my ear. I understand him well enough to […]

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Potholes on Journalism’s Dead-end Road

Potholes on Journalism’s Dead-end Road

by Jon Kovash October 8, 2010 Mountain Notebook

Over the last year, we’ve seen a spate of hand-wringing articles on the death of journalism, prompted chiefly by the recent demise of some venerable American daily newspapers. To us unemployed and underemployed journalists, both print and broadcast, this is an old, old story, one that we have followed intensely for years (because we have […]

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Obituary: Inside Outside Magazine

Obituary: Inside Outside Magazine

by Ken Wright October 8, 2010 Mountain Notebook

Cause of Death: Economic Malaise And now the question is: What next, Four Corners writers, reporters and readers? After nearly 12 years of exploring, expounding upon, defending and celebrating the Four Corners Country from its home in Durango, Colo., Inside Outside Southwest magazine has joined the ranks of publications that have gone under in its […]

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Cheapskates Rejoice

Cheapskates Rejoice

by Tara Flanagan October 8, 2010 Cartographic

Champions emerge from every crappy situation, and our long, lousy economic condition is no exception. Sometimes in the name of environmental sustainability, sometimes as a matter of one-upmanship, extreme thriftiness and downsizing have usurped ramen noodles and Geo Metros to become an art form. 1) Big on Small Dee Williams of Olympia has become a poster […]

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Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 50th Anniversary Edition

Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 50th Anniversary Edition

by Brendan Leonard October 8, 2010 Books

Most of us who have gone look- ing for enlightenment in the big hills, armed with crampons or ropes or ice axes or other implements — but without paying for professional mountain guides — have a worn copy of one of the first seven editions of “Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills” somewhere on our […]

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