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Mice play an important role

Filed in Expert Articles, Snowshoeing by on November 10, 2013
Mice play an important role

I’m walking across a snowy hillside meadow on a blanket of snow. Ahead I see a brown spec all by itself, presumably a mouse feeding on a lonely seed head above the snow. I’d like to pet him if given the opportunity. As I start toward the mouse, I notice across the meadow, a pair […]

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Learn to ID high country trees

Filed in Expert Articles, Snowshoeing by on November 10, 2013
Learn to ID high country trees

Imagine yourself walking quietly through a high-elevation subalpine forest. You feel immersed in shady stillness while enveloped by a tantalizing fresh scent of pine, spruce and fir. You gaze out at the trees enjoying their varied colors and textures. But how can you tell what species of trees you are walking amongst? Try a few […]

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Dig a snowcave on a family snowshoe adventure

Filed in Expert Articles, Snowshoeing by on November 10, 2013
Dig a snowcave on a family snowshoe adventure

Do you know how to dig a snowcave? Have you ever tried? Burrowing into snowdrifts comes instinctively to kids playing in the snow, but consider that possessing this skill could save a life in a winter emergency. Luckily, learning the skills of digging a snowcave is a heck of a lot of fun, and it […]

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Aspen groves reveal secrets

Filed in Expert Articles, Snowshoeing by on November 10, 2013
Aspen groves reveal secrets

While snowshoeing through deep powder in a stand of aspen trees recently, I noticed black and deeply furrowed bark at the base of the oldest trees. I reflected back to what a friend once told me, “They say that marks the depth of the snow.” Humph I thought, “I wonder what causes the bark to […]

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Animals adapt to cold short days

Filed in Expert Articles, Snowshoeing by on November 10, 2013
Animals adapt to cold short days

My friend Greg Dennis and I were relaxing over some cold beer by a warm fire a few nights ago, and we were both commenting on the low light and the shortest days of the year. We talked about the annual ritual of a winter solstice bonfire, an age-old tradition bringing light and warmth to […]

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Animal Track mysteries unveiled

Filed in Expert Articles, Snowshoeing by on November 10, 2013
Animal Track mysteries unveiled

Animal tracks appear in our daily lives often while riding on a chairlift, strolling on snowshoes or gliding on cross-country skis. Interpreting animal tracks is rewarding because we can enjoy the presence of wild animals, even when we don’t see them. Interpreting tracks is like playing detective where we carefully interpret the clues left behind. […]

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Mountain Biking made easy

Filed in Mountain Biking by on November 10, 2013
Mountain Biking made easy

Mountain biking has got to be one of the coolest sports ever invented. While under your own power, you can cover miles and miles of mountainous terrain, hearing only the sound of your breath, and the occasional click of your gears. Some people right away say mountain biking sounds hard. Yes, it is an aerobic […]

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Trees know their limit

Filed in Expert Articles, Hiking Articles by on November 10, 2013
Trees know their limit

Imagine yourself looking out at a dramatic mountain vista, the jagged peaks of rock rising up well above the trees. The land above the tree line is known as the alpine, while the thick band of pine, spruce and fir that dominate the base of the high mountains is known as the sub-alpine. What causes […]

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Peak climbing rewards wildflower enthusiasts

Filed in Expert Articles, Hiking Articles by on November 10, 2013
Peak climbing rewards wildflower enthusiasts

Peak climbing is an exhilarating, beautiful, and challenging experience. The expansive vistas and wide-open spaces stir the soul. As you break above treeline, you get the feeling that you’ve just entered a strange and magical world. This special place is known as the alpine tundra. Trees can no longer exist in the alpine tundra, because […]

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Pace yourself on climbs

Filed in Expert Articles, Hiking Articles by on November 10, 2013
Pace yourself on climbs

Climbing uphill in the mountains is all about setting the right pace. Arriving at the top of a climb feeling strong is an art unto itself. Setting the right pace is easiest when I’m by myself. Initially when I leave the parking lot, my heart rate is at a slow resting rate. Then as I […]

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