Stomping Snow

During the bookpacking season at Snowmass Mountain, the ski patrollers use various methods of survival to endure and survive the especially long days. Snacks, jokes, and candy abound. Pocket bacon is a particular favorite, allowing the wearer to enjoy a salty snack throughout the day while also increasing the likelihood of being the first one found by an avalanche rescue dog.

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Get Kids Outside

‘I can’t connect every child [to nature], but if I can connect one or two, then it’s a success. It works like a pyramid scheme, really, if you get one or two [hooked], then they get their friends outside, and then their friends and family, and it spreads through the community.’ -Clint Whitley, Outdoor Education Director of Garfield 16 Schools

The Daily

Published with NRS Duct Tape Diaries, August 26, 2019. You know what’s easier than taking your kids on the river? Pretty much anything else you can do with them. It’s easier to stay at home and let them watch a movie because it’s the weekend. Or simply turn the hose on in the backyard. It’s... Continue Reading →

Don’t be Milton…

Published on the NRS Duct Tape Diaries, June 8, 2019. I glanced desperately from the clipboard in the ranger’s hand, back to my boat, then up to her expectant face. Did I have three oars with each boat? The feeling before I could muster an answer was the real-life equivalent of that dream where you... Continue Reading →

Family Rafting 101

Published on May 24, with the NRS Duct Tape Diaries as the first in our family's Just Add Water series partnering with NRS and Down River Equipment. “No, it’s fine. We’re only leaving forty-five minutes later than we planned.” I huffed back into the passenger seat of our mini-van with extra huff, only to unclip... Continue Reading →

Trip Leading 101

Published on April 25, 2019 with NRS Duct Tape Diaries So, you got yourself a river permit. Maybe you were one of the chosen few to receive a ‘congratulations’ in the mail, or maybe, like the rest of us, you refreshed your browser for the 605th time and snagged a cancellation. Either way, you have... Continue Reading →

Permit Systems Narrow the Gateway to the Outdoors

Published in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, May 8, 2019. In the age of competitive online permitting systems and limited-use restrictions, digital expertise is, bizarrely, becoming an essential outdoor skill. While recovering from the 12-hour flu on Saturday night, I was participating in one of my daily rituals: refreshing Recreation.gov to see if any permits... Continue Reading →

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