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The Monument Plant

The meadow abounded with them. In what has been a stellar wildflower year, there is one that literally stands above all the rest. Each meadow we encountered on a recent backpack trip in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, giant stalks dotted with white flowers. As I counted 30, 40 and even…

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Trip Report: The Northern Loop

“We want to backpack the Northern Loop. Can you give us camping suggestions?” Three years ago, I volunteered at the Forest Service office in Boulder, issuing wilderness permits. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I offered to help. But over the course of the season, from mid-June to mid-September,…

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Socialization on the Trail

Sitting there perched on a rock, life was good. The sun shone down on the five of us in our mountain meadow. We smiled, laughed, and shared stories. As we hiked back down to the trailhead, my spirit soared in a way I hadn’t felt in a long time. The…

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It’s Spilling!

Driving up Boulder Canyon, the sound of water surrounds me. With Boulder Creek running alongside the road, it’s hard not to notice what’s going on. Water! The rush of water, roiling rapids, pushing down the hillside at levels not seen in more than a year. There’s so much water, that…

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