Day in the Life

Taking off the Chill
Taking off the Chill

With the shortest days of year in the rearview mirror, the sun a little higher and the days a little longer, our orientation toward the sun favors less chilly walks in the great outdoors, and certainly less GoreTex (on a nice day, of course.)

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Moon Dance
Moon Dance

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow cast by the sun.

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Snow birds
Snow birds

Winter birding in Durango? Most folks familiar with Southwest Colorado’s birding scene will tell you that spring is the game-on season, when our feathered friends start to return home from southern climes.

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Below the surface
Below the surface

I was going to do another photo-filled essay about mountains, snow and exciting winter recreation, but given the recent amount of shoveling, snow-blowing and terrifying avalanche conditions in the backcountry, I thought I’d give our readers a break from all that and go ahead and feature something completely different: CaCO3.

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Snowplace like home
Snowplace like home

Welcome back to the Animas Valley, Old Man Winter! It has been quite some time since we last had to unbury ourselves from a deep blanket of freshly fallen snow

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Cold Feat - checking out some of the San Juans' coolest lines
Cold Feat - checking out some of the San Juans' coolest lines

What could be more enthralling than climbing a frozen waterfall?

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Powder to the People
Powder to the People

There’s nothing quite like the San Juan Mountains freshly blanketed in snow.

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Leaving a mark
Leaving a mark

The bark of an aspen tree has long been the medium of choice for modern-day pictograph artists.

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Last Light: One last desert soiree before Old Man Winter moves in
Last Light: One last desert soiree before Old Man Winter moves in

The short days of November may offer a limited supply of daylight to those hoping to maximize their time out in the field, but there’s something precious about fitting in as much as one can between the rising and setting sun.

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S'no problem
S'no problem

There may be giant patches of bare naked ground out there in the mountains, but the early season strip of snow affectionately known as “Demon” skied pretty darn good this past weekend.

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Deep freeze
Deep freeze

As the sun crosses our sky at a softened angle, dipping ever so gently toward the Tropic of Capricorn, autumn will soon be a fleeting memory.

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Lost souls
Lost souls

Along a dusty side street in the Old Barrio near downtown Tucson, colorful, quaint buildings frame the crumbling remains of a 150-year-old adobe wall known as El Tiradito.

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Boo!
Boo!

“Hello? Who’s there?? What’s that noise?” Is that the spirit world gently rap-rap-rapping on your window?

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High Rollers
High Rollers

More than 800 high school mountain bike racers from around the state, as well as a few from Wyoming and New Mexico, gathered atop Durango Mesa (formerly Ewing Mesa) last weekend for the Colorado High School Cycling League’s championships.

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Tales from the Crypt
Tales from the Crypt

The Grand Canyon is grand for many reasons: stratigraphy, whitewater, the South Kaibab Trail, the Little Colorado and solitude, just to name a few. But one of the least-known treasures found in the grandest of canyons is the abundance of mummified mammals dating back to the Ice Age.

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Tripping Out on the Hallucinogen Wall
Tripping Out on the Hallucinogen Wall

The year was 1980. Disco had run its course, John Lennon left us with a hole in our hearts, and Mount St. Helens blew her top. And a few scrappy western-slope climbers made the Montrose Daily News.

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The dry season
The dry season

Both austere and gentle, the desert is a place of contrast.

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In Deep
In Deep

Hidden on the shoulder of a Utah mountain, a freezing, wet, abyss is attracting a small group of explorers dedicated to plotting a course through uncharted terrain found deep within.

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Stay golden
Stay golden

With the summer of 2018 vanished in a literal cloud of smoke, it’s time to embrace the present and hurry on out to your local aspen grove before it’s too late! This year’s truly exceptional supply of color won’t be lasting much longer.

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On the Rocks
On the Rocks

Does the incredibly fast-paced world of outdoor sports make you anxious? Is your bike too nice to ride? Perhaps the abundance of trail-panache has made you self-conscious.

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