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Eric Larsen Polar Explorer Interview

Eric Larsen Polar Explorer Interview

Eric Larsen, Polar Explorer is just back from his latest adventure in Antarctica where he attempted to ride a fat bike from the coast of[Read More…]

by February 13, 2013 0 comments Community, Earth
Mountain Bikes on the PCT

Mountain Bikes on the PCT

All users must think big-picture and put their voices and actions to those steps which provide the most benefit against the critical goals of protecting quiet, primitive outdoor experiences and protection of one-of-a-kind scenic and natural resources. Be informed. Listen. Think. Participate. Encourage cooperative rather than polarized behavior. We all agree on the precious and unique value of the PCT and owe it to our grandchildren to act today so that it is maintained and enhanced for them to treasure as we have.

by January 29, 2013 0 comments Community, Earth, Trails
Photographing Glacial Change – Visual Reality

Photographing Glacial Change – Visual Reality

When I was 12, I visited Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska with my parents and grandparents who had grown up in Juneau and been there for years. I took photos with my 35 mm point and shoot camera, not realizing then that I was capturing something that would slowly recede into the mists of time.

by January 7, 2013 0 comments Community, Earth, Trails
Protect the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Wilderness

Protect the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Wilderness

The time for action is ripe and as we cozy up for another long, dark winter we can prepare for a new year that will bring more opportunities for engagement. Long delayed, the Forest Service has promised to release the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Travel Management Plan early in 2013, to be quickly followed by the DEIS for the Forest Plan Revision. Both of these processes will offer our community a chance to engage, to talk with the Forest Service about how we use and value our public lands. And if we work hard enough, the snow may just melt in time for us to enjoy new Wilderness, for the first time.

by December 10, 2012 0 comments Community, Earth, Fireside
Wind River Range Part II-Washakie Pass-Cirque of the Towers to Big Sandy

Wind River Range Part II-Washakie Pass-Cirque of the Towers to Big Sandy

We found ourselves in an incredible, almost unearthly landscape shaped by glaciers, rivers and inexorable wind – a quarter-mile-wide bench with little vegetation, piles of boulders, a high ridge some thousand feet above us to our east, and a steep thousand-foot drop to our west with the myriad peaks along a hundred miles of the divide stretched out beyond. The wind, mostly in our faces but sometimes blissfully off the starboard bow, was like a living thing, blasting, swirling, sometimes even lifting us up so that we would stagger to keep our footing.

by October 26, 2012 0 comments Earth, Fireside, Trails
Two Fall Color Hikes

Two Fall Color Hikes

These are desperate times. Hikers know the fall color show will all-too-soon transition to the gritty black and whites of November noir. True, the noir[Read More…]

by October 23, 2012 0 comments Earth, Trails
Horseshoe Basin Photos by Andy Porter

Horseshoe Basin Photos by Andy Porter

Andy Porter wrote in early October about his experiences hiking through Horseshoe Basin. He encountered creeks, wildflowers, abandoned mines, and even a new black bear friend.[Read More…]

by October 12, 2012 0 comments Community, Earth
Fires of September

Fires of September

We got lucky this time. With the combination of low rainfall, dry forests, grasslands and many dead trees due to insect infestation, it is a[Read More…]

by October 11, 2012 0 comments Community, Earth
Wind River Range Part I: Green River Lakes to East Fork River

Wind River Range Part I: Green River Lakes to East Fork River

Maybe it was smoke from the dry-lightning fires burning far to the east and north, mixing with the multi-textured clouds and backlit by the setting sun. Or maybe it was just our eyes adjusting to the visual hyperbole of tortured rock peaks, white granite boulders, golden grass, deep green conifer and green-blue water.

by October 8, 2012 0 comments Earth, Trails
Los Gigantes Argentina

Los Gigantes Argentina

The colors on this stretch of road shift depending on the season. In September, the earth is bone dry, most of the color bleached out of the grass by the combination of winter drought and frigid temperatures.

by October 5, 2012 0 comments Community, Earth, Fireside