Rocky Mountain National Park ~ Photo: Larry Homberger II For years, a young writer saw the tell-tale signs of beetle kill. And then the infestation came for the pines at her own home. Caitlin Van Buskirk/High Country News I had recognized the signs since I was small: brazen red pines on Monarch Pass in western … Continue reading On Grieving Trees
Base Camp @ Grand Lake offers a wide variety of product reviews for outdoor gear. And, we are always adding to our list, with several new reviews upcoming later in 2022. Writing gear reviews is a vital component of our website because it allows us to assist people with making an informed decision about the … Continue reading Gear Reviews: Discussion
Winter starts now! In the blink of an eye winter has evolved from sparse snowfall across the western states to an abundance of wonderful powder everywhere. Welcome to my annual reminder about Backcountry Avalanche Awareness. I am no expert on the subject, but my wife and I are aways eager to traverse wilderness terrain in … Continue reading Backcountry Avalanche Awareness 2021/2022
Parts of the Mountain West could be nearly snowless for years at a time in just a few decades. Snowmaking at Aspen Highlands Ski Resort started on October 13, leaving spots of snow on the ground and aspen trees.Kelsey Brunner Sarah Sax/High Country News Across the Central Rockies, it’s been an unseasonably warm, dry year. … Continue reading Winter without Snow is Coming
Winter Gear: Are You Ready? With thoughts of sugarplums and snow flurries dancing in our heads, Base Camp @ Grand Lake eagerly prepares for winter. In order to be comfortable and enjoy winter activities, having good gear is essential. A large component of Base Camp @ Grand Lake is aimed at helping people make informed … Continue reading Winter Gear: Are You Ready?
Tools for a prescribed burn conducted in the Sierra Nevada in November 2019. Susan Kocher, CC BY-ND Susan Kocher, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Ryan E. Tompkins, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Californians have been concerned about wildfires for a long time, but the past two … Continue reading MOVING BEYOND AMERICA’S WAR ON WILDFIRE: 4 WAYS TO AVOID FUTURE MEGAFIRES
By Stella J. Raasch What comes to mind when you think of the great outdoors? Initially, you may think of the classic John Candy movie, "The Great Outdoors." Next, your thoughts will likely gravitate toward notions of open space, fresh air, beautiful surroundings…and trash! Since the advent of COVID, flocks of people have migrated to … Continue reading Responsible Outdoor Recreation: Leave No Trace