Base Camp @ Grand Lake: Humble Beginnings

Base Camp @ Grand Lake had been my (Stella's) idea. In May of 2017, right before we opened our cabin in Grand Lake for the season, I suggested to Larry that we start a website where we could share with others about our adventures, showcase Larry's photos and discuss the gear that we use. And … Continue reading Base Camp @ Grand Lake: Humble Beginnings

Base Camp @ Grand Lake: Logo Stickers Available!

We are excited to announce that the Base Camp @ Grand Lake logo stickers are now available for purchase on our website! Just click on the "Shop" link. The durable vinyl stickers are 4" round and made for outdoor use. They are $5.49 each, which includes shipping.  This development of the Base Camp @ Grand … Continue reading Base Camp @ Grand Lake: Logo Stickers Available!

This Year’s Deadly Avalanche Season

Low snowfall has led to catastrophic conditions around the West. Jonathon Thompson/High Country News On the afternoon of Feb. 1, seven friends set out on skis from the Opus Hut, a backcountry lodge located high in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. The sky was blue, the temperatures relatively warm, and a recent series of storms had … Continue reading This Year’s Deadly Avalanche Season

BEAR AWARE: ARE YOU PREPARED?

This adult male grizzly bear was spotted in April in the northern portion of Grand Teton. Photograph courtesy of Hal Staley. Grizzly bears began emerging from their dens in mid-March. Males are generally first, followed by females without cubs. Females with cubs of the year are usually last, typically not emerging until sometime in May. … Continue reading BEAR AWARE: ARE YOU PREPARED?

Can human judgment handle avalanches?

We’re better than ever at understanding the dangers of avalanches. So why can’t we avoid them? Kate Siber/High Country News All morning, I’d heard the roar of sloughs rocketing down cliffs as I skied up a mountain in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Now, standing at the summit with my six friends and our two guides, … Continue reading Can human judgment handle avalanches?

Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Vol. 2

It is patently obvious the 2020/2021 winter will be vastly different than the start of the 2019 season. We all know how the season came to an end in March 2020 with the closure of all ski resorts across the country as they succumbed to the pandemic. While we still continue to battle the pandemic … Continue reading Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Vol. 2

CLIMATE CHANGE INTENSIFIES TSUNAMI THREAT IN ALASKA

A view of Barry Arm in which the receding Barry Glacier and the vulnerable section of land are visible on the right side of the image. Photo courtesy Dr. Gabriel Wolken As glaciers retreat and permafrost thaws, massive landslides threaten coastal communities. Victoria Peterson/High Country News Tucked against glacier-capped mountains, the Begich Towers loom over Whittier, … Continue reading CLIMATE CHANGE INTENSIFIES TSUNAMI THREAT IN ALASKA