Southern Rockies Nature Blog
Tuesday December 10th, 2013 at 04:00 AMNovember 11: There is something odd going on the woods. I'll slip around before dawn on this concealed trail! November 22: I feel safer now, and it's time to party! Where are the ladies? November 25: Did someone say "party"? Monday December 9th, 2013 at 04:00 AMThat scout camera is near here somewhere.Hardly anyone climbs this ridge. In fact, until last November 1st, I had not been up it in years, although it is quite close to home. That day, working my way up through the thick trees and rocks, I found myself looking at cut stumps from spindly north-slope Douglas fir. I had wandered into the edge of the burn, and here, at my feet, was the ragged "scratch line" dug through the rocks by the San Juan Hotshots on July 3, 2011. Theirs were probably the... Saturday December 7th, 2013 at 01:00 AMI was skimming this article (and its informed comments) about temperature rating on winter This looks like my childhood sleeping bag.sleeping bags and how many manufacturers (in the writer's opinion) overstate them. In other words, a bag rated to -20 F (-28 C) is really more like a -10 bag for a man maybe a -5 bag for a woman. With the temperatures hovering around 0 F. outdoors, I remembered my first serious winter camping trip and sleeping in a Korean War-surplus M1949 "down and feathers"... Friday December 6th, 2013 at 09:12 AMA series of photos compare purebred dogs from a century ago and now. Compare, for example, the change in the St. Bernard "from useful happy work dog to giant suffering mass." (You could say the same thing about Newfoundlands. too.) Thursday December 5th, 2013 at 09:36 AMSenator Udall outlines his bill.Senator Mark Udall (D-Colo.) stood up in front of a group of mostly Chaffee County folks on Tuesday to announce that his bill to create the Browns* Canyon National Monument soon start its perilous journey downstream through the dark canyon that is Congress. As snow swirled outside the venue, the reception area at Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting, no doubt some of those present were mentally calculating what percentage of a decent snowpack had accrued thus far in... Tuesday December 3rd, 2013 at 01:30 AMVia Coyote Gulch, I learned about TreeFlow, a project to reconstruct centuries' worth of river flows in the West through correlating them with tree rings. "A tree-ring reconstruction is a best-estimate of past streamflows, based on the relationship between tree-ring data and observed streamflow over the modern period." Here, for example, is the reconstruction of the Colorado River's flow at Lees Ferry, Arizona, going back to 750 CE (scroll down for that graph). Closer to home, the Arkansas... Monday December 2nd, 2013 at 01:00 AMA northwest section has been added to the Colorado Birding Trail. The "trail" is a series of wildlife-watching stops and driving loops. Here is the site for all the "trails." Exurban Kevin rounds up some of the "tactical" Christmas-gift ideas out there. A MOLLE-gear barbeque apron? Tactical paper? I never go hiking without it. It snowed last week in Walsenburg too. With photos. No MOLLE gear, but check out "A Terrible Mother's Holiday Guide to Dangerous Gifts," via Lenore Skenazy's Free...
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