August is Crunch Time

Fall comes early at 12,000 ft. That’s the lesson learned from our early weeks in August. As the sun rises later in the day, we adjust our schedule accordingly, arriving at the worksite just in time to greet the sun as it rises over the Roaring Fork Valley. August also...

Schmoozing with the Board on Bierstadt

A short while ago, I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of hosting the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative board of directors on a site visit. What does that mean? Well, I rose before the sun, drove out to the Mount Bierstadt trailhead at Guanella Pass, saved a few...

Going to the Woods is Going Home

It is a brisk morning on Uncompahgre Peak, as I sip my green tea while waiting for the arrival of our volunteers. With such a short season it is difficult to grasp that we are already halfway through. Looking back on all the Adopt-a-Peak volunteer groups and the work...

Missouri Mountain Through the Maelstrom

July 30-31 After filling up on large quantities of fried pork and eggs and peanut butter granola, the Roving Backcountry Crew leaves the yurt for Missouri Gulch. This will be our third trip to this majestic space.  It’s slightly cloudy and the earth reeks of...

24 Hours on Holy Cross

8:58 p.m.: Try to fall asleep. Still too bright outside… 9:23 p.m.: Asleep. Sometime Later: Awaken. Startled at the sound of a rock slide on the nearby ridge. Glad we are not camped too close! 4:32 a.m.: Alarm goes off. Not even close to being ready to get up. Snooze!...

Commuting to the Work Site

How many times have we heard people complain about their commutes to work? Most people may spend several hours in their cars a week getting to and from work. There may be six lanes of traffic and smog, crazy drivers, and always road construction. This arduous...