Please note I am talking about the American black bear and definitely not the even more dangerous grizzly or brown bear. Thankfully, I have no experience with those species. The black bear can be an assortment of different colors, from black to dark brown, cinnamon, grayish brown, blond, and even black with a blueish tint, […]
I live in Aspen, Colorado, and I am always looking for an excuse to go hiking or climbing, even at my ripe old age in my mid-70’s. July 20 is my birthday, and I wanted to celebrate with a hike. The only questions were where to hike and with whom should I hike? The problem […]
The Lake Christine wildfire started on July 3, 2018 and burned over 12,500 acres, much of which was contained on mostly uninhabited Basalt Mountain. Three homes were destroyed, and 500 homes were under mandatory evacuation several times when the fire rekindled. The fire burned within sight of our home looking west towards the locus of […]
The word “thunderstorm” focuses on the wrong threat: it is the lightning that injures or kills. From first-hand experience, the most frightening aspect of hiking or climbing is the prospect of being caught way out in an open field or way above the tree line in an electrical storm with nowhere to hide. The experience […]
What to do if you get lost or stuck on a hike? Taking certain precautions can help you avoid getting lost, and they can also help ensure you are found as quickly as possible if you do get lost.
Dogs cool themselves differently than humans. Our bodies produce sweat when we become overheated. This is a very efficient mechanism by which the human body regulates its temperature.
The snowfall in the Colorado mountains this past winter of 2018/2019 ranks in the top five seasons since records have been kept. The snow up high kept falling even into May and June, especially above 10,000 feet. For mountain hikers and climbers, that means either a late start to the hiking season or being prepared […]
Even more important than the very-important selection of hiking boots and breaking them in, is making sure you stay hydrated on your hikes (or at all times, really). The problems with dehydration are: You can’t immediately counteract the effects by gulping some water and thinking you’ll be OK in minutes. It takes some time for […]