Category Archives: News and Events

Mystic and fremont colorado border collies

Writes of Passage

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This blog has been a little quiet lately. I haven’t had time to write because I’ve been spending all my time writing. It’s a good problem to have. Most of the work has been split between my editorial work over at RootsRated (a great outdoors adventure resource) and the creation of my new Colorado summit hikes guide. It’s gotten especially hectic this month thanks to the bizarre and persistent rain that stymied a good month and a half of the typical Colorado hiking season. The accompanying thunderstorms and slow snow…

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Fremont border collie on the summit of Mount Edwards.

Get the Word Out!

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Please excuse the radio silence on behalf of the Mountainous Words blog for the past few weeks. There’s been big things afoot here in Boulder. Where to start…? Long story short: if you’re making your livelihood as a writer in 2013, you better get with the times. I love print, love the smell of books, love having shelves of them to gaze at, love weathered paperbacks that have traveled the world with me. And I work in print (and will likely continue to do so), so I hate to see…

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2010: The Year in Music

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There are 525,948 minutes in a year. Trying to compress the sum total of those minutes into a 4 minute and 22 second song wasn’t easy. In late 2009, I committed to a project that would not only help me rediscover my semi-dormant love of music but also archive the year that was to come in a unique way — I would record the year in music. As a professional writer, the act of writing in a diary or journal wasn’t the right outlet. Words are expressive, passionate and purposeful but…

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Borders

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You might think my lack of blog productivity means I’ve been slacking in my writing or perhaps deeply engaged in some sweet, sweet video game that has consumed my every waking hour ala Civilization IV. Au contraire, mon frere ou ma soeur! I’ve been wrapping up the last of my essays for my second book so in essence, I’ve been busier than ever. And it’s tough to write good material while trying to conquer those pesky Mongols. So yes, the second book has a title and it’s beyond mere development….

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Garfield is Dead, Koo Koo Kajoo

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Betwixt Pat Whittle and me, there is a bizarre admiration and frighteningly accurate recall of old Garfield comics. As you know if you’ve read a newspaper in the last 20 years, nowadays Garfield stinks. For some reason, I was thinking about the crazy “Garfield is Dead” comics series from almost 21 years ago — check out the link for a truly disturbing (and true) Garfield sequence. It’s weird to see the normally toothless Garfield go into a kind of edgy, intense episode. Many speculate it was the last series of strips Jim…

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Snow Equity

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It was nary but a few weeks ago that my friends and I climbed Tabeguache Peak thanks to the warmest Colorado autumn in recent history. The seasons have begrudgingly begun to turnover and snow is piling up in the high country. This means it’s time to dust off the snowshoes, wax the snowboard and get ready for the fun winter months! A new theme this year is to try and get out year-round, on both the mountain bike and running. I wish Boulder held snow throughout the winter but the fact…

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Bot Fly Extraction – Yowzas!

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When my friend Jayme returned from her trip (through my company) to the Amazon and Machu Picchu it looks like she snuck a little something extra through customs. At some point in her journey, she was injected with the eggs of a bot fly, a horrible beastie who uses the “Alien” strategy of implanting larva below the skin and letting it feast on human tissue until it bursts forth in full horrible bot fly mode. This is pretty dark stuff, kind of like that trilobyte they stick in Chekov’s ear…

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Happy Birthday #1 to Fremont!

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It’s hard to believe it was a year ago when Fremont’s momma Ziggy began the 7-hour ordeal of popping out puppies like a clown car. Born at Western Border Collie Rescue at the home of fearless leader Tonya, the 11 “J-Pups” (so named to keep their litter birthday tracked at the rescue)  all ended up healthy, happy and in wonderful homes. After being fostered with love and care by Barb B. in Fort Collins, the pups went their separate ways. Luckily, the owners have stayed in touched and several of the…

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Current Score: Bee 3 – James 5

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Currently, the score is vicious stinging bee 3, James 5. Here’s how I break it down: Bee (+1) – The bee gets a point for stealth tactics, stinging me immediately as I walked out my front door. This is second sting in the last two weeks I’ve gotten, so their secret nest must be nearby. (+1) Quick sting tactic — never saw it coming. (-1) Bee stung me in the middle of my left forearm. While painful, he could have planted his stinger in a more tender area such as…

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Return of the Muse

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The best way I can sum up 2010 thus far: it’s been like dropping a Trapper Keeper bloated with looseleaf paper on a windy day. In the billowing wind, doodles of dragons eating the Metallica logo are indecipherable from pages of actual substance. When all the pieces that can be recovered have been collected, you’re faced with a file of random excerpts of your life, page one rarely proceeding to page two — and some pages lost forever. While restuffing life’s three ring binder may seem like a task fit for…

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Cheating on Mountain Air

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I’ve neglected the blog a bit because I’ve been busy building a new site for Natural Habitat Adventures – Churchill Polar Bears! Check it out, it’s a pretty cool site and we’ll be adding more content to it soon as well as live blogs from Churchill during the prime season, from late September to November. If it’s polar bears you be lookin’ for, then click on over, matey. Come to think of it, there have never been a whole lot of pirate in the Arctic. No matter… It’s shaping up to…

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The Loneliest Cone

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In the far south west corner of Colorado lies Lone Cone. In a state of enormous peaks and expansive ranges, Lone Cone sits as a solitary volcanic corpse, surrounded by spanning farmland that dissolves into the parched deserts of Utah. Conversely known as The Devil’s Armchair, Lone Cone is perhaps the most accurately named mountain in the state (along with Mount Massive). When I climbed the peak in the late summer of 2006 for my book Best Summit Hikes in Colorado, I was especially looking forward to hiking Lone Cone….

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