Nature and the Outdoors Archive

  • Peak Review: Conquering the Mummy Range

    Peak Review: Conquering the Mummy Range

    After a 19 year absence I finally completed reaching all the summits along the primary ridge of mountains in the Mummy Range of Rocky Mountain National Park. Having done Mummy Mountain (elevation 13,425-feet) and Hagues Peak (elevation 13,560-feet) in 1998, I always planned on returning...

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  • Eclipse Road Trip

    Eclipse Road Trip

    It was February 1979 the last time I had the chance to see a total solar eclipse. The path that one took stretched from the Pacific Northwest of Oregon and Washington, through Idaho, and finally Montana, just skimming my hometown of Billings before extending into...

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  • Peak Review: Otter Mountain (Elevation 12,766-Feet)

    Peak Review: Otter Mountain (Elevation 12,766-Feet)

    I have wanted to climb Otter Mountain for years.  According to the Internet this Front Range peak is not popular.  I translate that as most people don’t know about it or even think to consider it for a hike.  For me it is simple: I...

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  • 2017 Hiking Preview

    2017 Hiking Preview

    July and August are coming soon and it’s that time of the year to really start planning any alpine adventures in Colorado’s highest mountains. I’ve climbed something like 120 mountains in Colorado but I’ve been really slacking lately and need to aim high for this...

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  • The Real Problem Behind Lawns

    The Real Problem Behind Lawns

    One nice thing about living in the mountains away from civilization is that it’s not necessary to grow and maintain a lawn. Trees, other native plants, and rocks suffice just fine. Natural landscape is always better than human engineered in my opinion. Lawns and flower...

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  • Environmental Reality (Doesn’t Care What You Are Comfortable With)

    Environmental Reality (Doesn’t Care What You Are Comfortable With)

    Anyone who bitches about the “over-reaching” EPA, or liberals’ extremist environmental policies are only advertising their ignorance about the environmental facts. If you do proper research on proven data and documented ecological history you quickly realize that the only thing extreme that has been going...

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  • Book Review: “Feral” by George Monbiot

    Book Review: “Feral” by George Monbiot

    George Monbiot is a British writer and champion for environmental and political activism. He writes weekly columns for the British daily newspaper The Guardian, and also has written a number of books. After earning a Masters of Arts degree in zoology from Oxford he worked...

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  • A Week On The Northwest Coast (part 3)

    A Week On The Northwest Coast (part 3)

    Willapa Wildlife Refuge caps the northern point of Long Beach Peninsula, and the area in and around it has a lot to offer. Especially serenity.

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  • A Week On The Northwest Coast (part 2)

    A Week On The Northwest Coast (part 2)

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  • A Week On The Northwest Coast (part 1)

    A Week On The Northwest Coast (part 1)

    My wife and I recently vacationed on the southern coast of Washington state. We stayed at a resort at Long Beach and from there explored the surrounding area, including northern Oregon. We love the northwest, with its typically not too hot, not too cold weather,...

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