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

Fire Season in Colorado

William Fork FireCameron Peak Fire I am not one big on announcements, however this past week is reminded me of two years ago when the Golf Course Fire was less than a quarter mile from Base Camp and the fire season in Colorado was in full flame, literally. As for now, there are 2 large … Continue reading Fire Season in Colorado

POTW: The Never Summer Mountains

Never Summer Mountain Range

Wildland Firefighters are Risking their Mental Health

As climate change lengthens fire seasons, will the government do enough to protect them? ImageCredit: Michael Hansen Mark Betancourt/High Country News An hour or so before dawn in late July 2015, just south of the California-Oregon border, Danny Brown turned off the highway into the Modoc National Forest and headed toward a menacing glow of … Continue reading Wildland Firefighters are Risking their Mental Health