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    Camping & Hiking up a Peak

    I went overnight camping away up a trail for the first time in several years.

    We climbed up a 12,432 foot peak. Most of the snow was gone, and the flowers were out. We camped in the bristlecone pine, limber pine  and spruce next to a huge willow swamp. Lots of mysterious granite pinnacles, towers, cliffs, and stacks of rocks. A friend called one a stack of pancakes and another a stack of poker chips. Some seemed precariously balanced. There were lots of the undulating, flutey, hermit thrush calls. I had a scary moment crossing a beaver pond. The water was up to my waist, and my flip flops were sticking in the mud. A friend led walking on the interwoven sticks of the dam itself. Luckily a friend led by example, getting a stick to lean on.  Another friend loaned me a second staff. Earlier we had crossed two creeks up higher where they were narrow and faster. Yellow umbel type anise flowers that taste like licorice, shooting stars, bistorts, avens, marsh marigolds, ravens, vultures, meadowlarks, and an elk. The Milky Way and the teapot constellation stood out. The crescent moon was next to Venus and Jupiter.

    When I slow down and am quiet, I notice spiderwebs,leaves, clouds, shadows, birds, dragonflies, ladybugs, froth recurving on the creeks, swaying treetops, and sounds of streams and birds.

    Here are safety considerations when stream crossing a fast or deep stream : undo your waist and chest straps, wear shoes to protect your feet (after taking off your socks to keep them dry), get a tall stick to lean on, face upstream and walk sideways, and put your gear in waterproof garbage bags. If there are two or more of you, make a line facing upstream where the front person leans on a staff, and the person behind put their hands on the waist of the person in front and pushes down on their hips, helping the person in front to keep their footing in a fast stream. The first person shields the behind person from the current. Snow- and glacier- fed streams may be higher in the afternoon after the snow melt.  Freedom of the Hills may have info on this.

    Posted on June 24, 2015

    Forests threatened by global warming

    Warmer temperatures and droughts may lead to trees drying out faster than they can suck up water. According to an article in Rolling Stone, drought stressed trees have less sap to use to defend themselves from insects.  They are also more vulnerable to  wildfires.  Instead of live tress absorbing carbon, dead trees may release carbon.  Fires will release soot, which can lead to more warming.  Live forests store about 25 % of greenhouse gas emissions. 

    Join Clean Energy Action350.org350clorado.orgGreenpeace, Citizens’ Climate Lobby,  and Sierra Club to work against global warming.

    Posted on March 23, 2015

    Boulder Rights of Nature Film Festival

    Boulder Rights of Nature Festival

    Come see films about rhinos, condors, pandas, hawks, and orangutans;  films about native cultures: Mayans, Inuit, Nuxalk, Micronesians, and Hawaiians; “Damnation”, about dams; and “Burden of Dreams”, about the making of Herzog’s “Fitzcarraldo” in the Amazon.

    The Festival is run by the Boulder County Audubon Society, a voice for migratory bird and wildlife conservation through habitat protection, political action, and education.

    When: October 17-19, 2014
    Where: Boulder Dairy Center for Performing Arts

    Posted on October 17, 2014

    Featured shirt: Water is Life

    Water is Life T-Shirt Design

    All livings things on earth require water. But the supply of potable water in the world is decreasing at an alarming rate. Disasters like the recent West Virginia toxic chemical spill, along with agricultural, industrial, and military pollution, continue to contaminate one aquifer after another. This design by artist Ruben Saufkie reminds us that caring for earth’s water supply is of paramount importance to all life on earth.

    Currently available in:

    • Men’s Organic (brown)
    • Men’s Heavyweight (brown)
    • Women’s Organic Relaxed Fit (brown)
    • Men’s Organic Longsleeve (brown)

    Purchase here

    Would you like to see more designs like this? Or perhaps the same design in a different color or style? Let us know in the comments below!

    Posted on February 22, 2014