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Fragments: Hiking & bir…

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Fragments:  Hiking & bird watching as spiritual practice

by Emmy Savage There is probably no more bitter or pessimistic piece of writing in all of literature than T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land.  In the final section he describes a landscape where there is no water.  Then he asks us to imagine what it would be like if there were water, and the […]

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Living with bears: tips …

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Living with bears: tips from Colorado Parks & Wildlife

by Colorado Parks & Wildlife Here are helpful tips that will help prevent conflicts and keep bears wild: • Keep garbage in a well-secured location; and only put out garbage on the morning of pickup. • Clean garbage cans regularly to keep them odor free. • If you don’t have secure storage, put items that […]

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Four classic Crestone ar…

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Four classic Crestone area hikes

by Thomas Cleary Willow Lake The ultimate classic Crestone hike is Willow Lake. To find the trailhead, go east on Galena Ave. for 2 bumpy miles. The trail heads east out of the parking lot for a few hundred yards then bears right leaving the South Crestone Trail, and immediately crosses the creek. After a […]

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Floating the Grand Cany…

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Floating  the Grand Canyon

by Thomas Cleary Living beneath a narrow slice of sky for 16 days and nights is a magical experience not to be missed and never to be forgotten. Floating Our group of 14 pushed off from Lee’s Ferry, AZ in 4 rubber rafts and one cataraft, plus 2 inflatable kayaks, heading 225 river miles to […]

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Winter trails & Colorad…

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Winter trails  & Colorado cabins:  A unique wonderland

story and photos  by Thomas Cleary I have been walking all day across the top of the snow, this time on skis. The sky is brilliant blue, and the snow surface consists of a few inches of light powder on top of a firm old snow surface. During the night, in places where cold air […]

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Public comment period fo…

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Public comment period for elk management on San Luis Valley refuges ends Jan. 18 In an effort to reduce the im- pacts to riparian habitat on San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) by elk, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today released for public review and comment a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) […]

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Christmas vision quest t…

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Christmas vision quest turns into search and rescue mission by M. Diane Bairstow Search and Rescue:At 10:30 a.m. Christmas morning, the Saguache County Sherriff’s Dept. received a concerned report that William Rook, of Crestone, had set off toward Willow Creek at 2 a.m. The Sherriff’s Dept. dispatched a two-person Search and Rescue Hasty Team that […]

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Old & Bold Men: backpack…

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Old & Bold Men: backpacking near the Colorado River

story by Phil Madonna, Will Miles, Bill Schmidt photos by Phil Madonna unless noted otherwise The scene was the usual winter Friday morning coffee get-together at the Bliss Café. Three guys with graying hair discussing something, the loudness dependent on whether Phil had in his old hearing aids. The topic of the moment was the proverb: There […]

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The mysteries of Liberty…

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The mysteries of Liberty Trail: On hiking to the Dunes

story & photos by Katherine Michalak   It’s 5:59am, and today is my day. I’m in shape, there’s no rain in the forecast and the sun won’t set for fourteen hours. I have five quarts of water, a ridiculous amount of food and a topo map. When I sign into the Liberty Trailhead register at the […]

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Penitente Canyon: Hiking…

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Penitente Canyon: Hiking, biking, climbing, & camping, it’s got it all!

by Thomas Cleary A few years back I spent my birthday camped out at Penitente Canyon. The days were bluebird clear and the night sky full of stars. I have climbed in the canyon many times and hiked and biked the trails along the canyon rim a bit. I have basked in the sun on […]

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Hiking: Young at heart -…

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by Will Miles At Curt’s Café on a Friday morning, Will patiently listened to Phil Madonna’s tales of his climbing days and the Fourteeners he had climbed some thirty years ago. Phil became especially sad as he remembered his climb on the Maroon Bells. Days long gone, never to return. Only the flickering of memories […]

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The Mysterious Crestone Crater: A real meteor crater or not?

by Keno Is the hole in the ground south of Crestone a meteor crater or not, and if not, what is it? Well it sure looks like one, and many geologists believe it is, but a few others say they aren’t sure. It’s a Crestone mystery that’s not completely solved. Known as the “Crestone Crater” […]

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Planning your next hikin…

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Planning your next hiking adventure

Story and photos by Thomas Cleary     This month, I’m outlining the basics of trip planning and encourage you to head out on your own. A variety of factors go into destination and route selection, including your goals, your physical abilities, time frame, and experience. Are you looking for solitude, the magical fishing spot, […]

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Snow Travel

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Snow Travel
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