hi. two things while we’re waiting for the coals to be ready: 1) GO VOTE, ITS IMPORTANT. Best case scenario is you read up about every single thing on your ballot and make choices you like. BUT it’s OKAY to leave parts of your ballot blank if you’re unsure. Just do what you can get your opinions out there, even if you don’t have them for everything. 2) last week @willrussack and I released a new episode of @topophiliapodcast about what it means to be a local. Would be superbly grateful for your ears and any thoughts/opinions/iTunes reviews you’ve got 😉. ok thx for reading NOW #govote
had a Nice Time™ walking/sleeping/glacier-peeping in a new, truly wow-inducing corner of Washingtonian wilderness these past four days with @willrussack #nicetime #pnw
It's just...better up here! – @goldenbean39 re: the one and only castle creek valley
These past few days I’ve seen a wisened, gray-haired man walking down county road 317, sitting down at the back of the room during MtnClim talks, and quietly interacting with one or two folks in the crowd. This man is none other than billy barr. In 1972, when he was attending college at Rutgers, he came here to RMBL in Gothic to study streamflow in the East River valley. He’s been here ever since, and has gathered 40 years of snow, weather, and phenology observations, living a solitary lifestyle half a mile or so up the valley from RMBL. His work has since informed long term research on ecological effects of climate change by people like David Inouye. I learned about him a few years ago by way of a film called “Snow Guardian,” which I’d totally recommend if you’re into mountains and snow. Check it out, there’s a link in my bio. #colorado #ecology #mountains @rocky_mountain_bio_lab
hiked to Avery Peak right above Gothic today, and David Inouye joined us for a bit. He’s an ecologist who, since 1971, has been spending his summers at RMBL keeping track of 40 or so plots of plants, measuring the timing of their flowering, every two days. He’s got a ton of local knowledge of this valley, which he shared on the hike too. He’s a pretty amazing person to spend the morning with.
I’m in Gothic, CO this week for a research conference on mountains, climate, and mountain ecosystems, and I decided to walk over to Gothic from Aspen. The 14-ish miles up and over East Maroon Pass were seriously unbelievable. I also got to see @phebe.meyers along the way! Feels great to be back in this place for a little while.