Bob Ross and Holy Cross?

Many mornings on our climb up to work on the Holy Cross project, I hike silently in awe of nature’s canvas in front of me. As the sun creeps up from the eastern horizon and saturates the early sky with a palette of colors, I often think of Bob Ross and “The Joy of...

Ultimate Uncompahgre

We folks on the Roving Backcountry Crew have been hitting many peaks this summer: Missouri, Massive, Missouri, Massive, Miss… OK, we’ve gone to other peaks, too, but you get the point. While we’ve gotten to know and love these mountains, we get plain...

Contemplating the Challenges and Rewards of Trail Work

Fall is fast approaching in the alpine. The aspens and willows are glowing yellow, and the tundra is turning red. Our last work day hovered just above freezing for most of the day as an icy fog rolled over the peaks. As our season winds down, it becomes increasingly...

Beaming with Pride

A few weeks ago, I found myself leading a group of 22 volunteers from Kaiser Permanente…solo. Unfortunately, something had come up and my Outdoor Leadership Intern couldn’t be with me as initially planned. Well, that’s the nature of the job; flexibility is the name of...

Learning and Rocking with the VOC Volunteers

After spending three weeks with our awesome Rocky Mountain Youth Corps crew working on Mount of the Holy Cross, I was lucky enough to lead a group of volunteers from Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado from August 9-12. After divvying up all the yummy group food and...

Keeping our Impacts in Check

In order to preserve our mountain streams and rare high-alpine vegetation, we have constructed new routes on San Luis Peak. The social trail runs right next to Stewart Creek and through huge fields of rare alpine poppies and Ranunculus, more commonly known as Alpine...