The ‘wreckreation’ in our Wild Places

Too many people and too much poop. Packrafts are becoming more common in what were once less-traveled areas, as seen here at Youngs Creek in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness. Troy Smith/CC via Flickr Todd Wilkinson/High Country News Mark DeOpsomer of Bozeman, Montana, is a backpacker with lots of miles on his soles. For almost four … Continue reading The ‘wreckreation’ in our Wild Places

Fischer Spider 62 Crown IFP Cross-Country Skis

When I (Stella) had lived in Wisconsin, classic cross-country skiing was my passion sport - I loved it! However, my love for this form of skiing had fizzled shortly after moving to Colorado four years ago when I noticed the difference between the two different types of terrains. I had become discouraged by all of … Continue reading Fischer Spider 62 Crown IFP Cross-Country Skis

Backcountry Avalanche Awareness 2019

The 2019 snow season kicked into high gear early this year allowing many ski resorts across the american west to open early than scheduled. The 2018/2019 winter proved to be historic in the number of avalanches that occurred in the state of Colorado. But what do you need to know when you venture beyond the … Continue reading Backcountry Avalanche Awareness 2019

Second Creek to Broome Hut

For the past four years, we have been driving past the Second Creek Trailhead as we traveled back and forth to Base Camp @ Grand Lake over Berthoud Pass. Repeatedly, I have mentioned to Stella that we need to venture up the trail to see what is hiding up there. Well, fate had intervened and … Continue reading Second Creek to Broome Hut