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Lifestyle Letter

Adventure Defined

JULY 2017

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erriam-Webster defines the word adventure as both “an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks” and “an exciting or remarkable experience.” Although a dictionary definition makes the concept seem a little dry or square, I do agree with it—especially the part about adventure encompassing not only dangerous pursuits but “remarkable” ones. This opens the door to a host of qualifying experiences, varying in nature from transformative to exhilarating to mysterious, with nary a broken bone in sight.

Does true adventure require broken bones, or at least the threat of them? Maybe. But should it? I like to think that adventure can be a bit more inclusive, perhaps requiring simply an element of mental, spiritual, or physical challenge rather than overt risk. Throughout this issue, we wanted to explore the definition of adventure in several of its wonderful, life-affirming forms. In a valley full of thrill-seeking adrenaline addicts, it seemed appropriate to pause for a moment and consider the function of adventure in a life well-lived. Thus, be sure to read not only about the Carbondale rafting crew that attempted to shatter a speed record through the Grand Canyon, but also about the kids who attend Aspen Camp and dare to connect to a world that understands them. Dive into the vision of an enterprising Basalt resident who has worked to put the magic of Roaring Fork Valley trails at the community’s fingertips, take a closer look at Carbondale’s beloved outdoor podcasts, and don’t miss the story of a local father who has wrestled with a dilemma that’s familiar to many parents. Perilous, thrilling, thought-provoking, uplifting: adventure is powerful. Cheers to your next adrenaline rush.

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Publisher’s Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Open House

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Water & Woods

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Inspired By

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Local Limelight

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Realty Report

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Parting Thoughts

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A Custom Family Fishing Lodge Just Steps From Gold Medal Waters

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Publisher’s Letter

The Art of Preparation

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ometimes the adventure is not the activity itself, but the preparation that goes into getting ready for it.

Before my kids left the nest, my wife and I had a family of six to get ready for any kind of trip. Our fondest memories include boating trips and beach camping at Lake Powell, which involved coordination with several other boating families. We often cross-checked our packing lists to find out who was taking what so that nothing was ever left behind. Our own family checklist was ever-expanding, and we usually spent three days carefully packing everything into our boat and truck. This was no easy feat, as we all had our favorite water toys: tubes, skis, or wakeboards. The real art of preparation cranked up as we got to camp, and this involved setting up three tents, two sun canopies, one full-size blowup mattress (the queen—ahem, my lovely wife— needed her comfort) and a popup kitchen. Oh, and we couldn’t forget that all important porta-potty. Then came the challenge of hauling three massive coolers carefully packed for at least three days of fun in the sun. One was for food, one for adult beverages, and the other for the kids, plus two large water containers for complete hydration.

We always took three gas cans along, too, because who wanted to pay the gas prices at Powell? Once we arrived at Powell, it usually took a half day to set up the White House West Wing but the camp was perfect when finished. Then, once the trips were over, camp clean-up was just as intense as the initial construction. We had a rule that the campsite was always left cleaner than when we arrived. I am happy to say that rule has stuck with our kids because on occasion I will hear one of them reference it even on a fun afternoon outing. With the kids now all grown up, our trips are simpler. Today we are headed out for an afternoon ATV trip. Our preparation involves making sure the gas tanks are full and the cooler is packed with just a quick picnic lunch. Your choices of adventure can be endless, but the preparation is half the fun.

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Good Times

Dancers Dancing

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts recently presented its 25th annual Dancers Dancing showcase. The event featured the talents of more than 100 young dancers, performing styles ranging from ballet and pointe to jazz, hip hop, and modern dance. PHOTOGRAPHY BY KLAUS KOCHER.

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Good Times

River Center Spaghetti Fundraiser

In June, New Castle's River Center held its fifth annual spaghetti  fundraiser in Burning Mountain Park. Proceeds from the home-cooked spaghetti dinner went to the nonprofit's many outreach programs including its community enrichment classes, back-to-school supply drive, winter coat distribution, weekly senior luncheon, and more. PHOTOGRAPHY BY KARISSA FEESE.

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

CROWN MOUNTAIN BMX HOSTS STATE QUALIFYING RACE Young BMX racers at Crown Mountain Track. Photo: Jared McDermott

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Created 19 years ago by local resident Lisa Wagner, the family-friendly Magical Moments concert series features a mix of local and national performers. The 2017 lineup includes valley  favorites Whiskey Stomp (July 15), Aspen Music Festival and School students (August 5), and Rolling Stones tribute band Emotional Rescue (August 12). Wagner and the community of Redstone thank local sponsors Bighorn Toyota, Alpine Bank, Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, and many others for helping make the music free to all who attend.

WINDWALKERS, PATHFINDERS PARTNER FOR HEALING AFTER LOSS BMX,

Two valley nonprofits have joined forces to offer locals a new

a youth bicycle program

grief and loss therapy program utilizing the healing power of horses.

that helps riders  train and

Together, Carbondale's equine therapeutic riding and educational

compete at El Jebel's Crown

organization Windwalkers and Aspen's cancer support program

Mountain Track, is now in

Pathfinders now offer the Roaring Fork Valley community an alterna-

its fourth season of racing.

tive, non-traditional approach to healing after loss.

The group will hold weekly Tuesday night  USA BMXsanctioned races at 6:30 p.m. (registration/practice at 5:30 p.m.) through August 29. Practices and clinics are held every Thursday. "BMX is a very exciting Summer Olympic sport that is one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S.," said volunteer and program manager Jared McDermott. "Crown Mountain BMX is the valley's most exciting bicycle program, always welcoming new riders of all ages and abilities." The group will host an  annual Colorado State Qualifier race,

Equine therapy sessions for grief and loss are now offered through a Windwalkers-Pathfinders partnership.

expected to draw more than 250 riders from around the state, on July 29. The all-day event begins at 9:30 a.m. with rider registration

"Our therapeutic sessions are especially effective for those

and practice. Race schedules and more information can be found

who feel 'stuck,' or unable to reach their goals," said WindWalkers

at CrownBMX.com, and updates are available on the group's

Executive Director Gabrielle Greeves. "This therapeutic approach is a

Facebook page and Instagram account. Families with interested kids

powerful and effective way to bring about needed change because as

can also email Races@CrownBMX.com for details.

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The community of Redstone presents its  free Saturday eve-

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ning outdoor concerts from 6-8 p.m.  in beautiful Redstone Park

being creative and assertive and attaching meaning to what happens

along the Crystal River this month. The music continues most

with them and the horses."

Saturdays through September 2 (no performances July 8 or August 19

Pathfinders Director Allison Daily added, "Pathfinders is hon-

and 26). Picnic baskets are welcome but the Redstone General Store

ored to partner with WindWalkers. What I have witnessed with the

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WindWalkers horses is the intuitive and honest abilities a horse has

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to offer. Sure, I could have just bought a book, but a book wouldn’t necessarily help me find something really fast or even up-to-date. So, basically, I created Aspen Trail Finder because it was something I wanted to be able to use myself.” Nowadays, the rest of us can also benefit from his vision and hard work. Anyone—local resident, weekender, tourist, or far-away trip planner—can use the wealth of information available on the website free of charge. Or, for a mere two bucks, the new Aspen Trail Finder smartphone app can be downloaded and utilized for handheld quick-reference on the go.

Files says that Aspen Trail Finder is, for him, a labor of love that combines his interest in local trails with his professional skill set. Files manages Aspen Trail Finder, soup to nuts, as a sort of multifaceted one-man show. When not managing the site or exploring nature in his free time, he works as a web developer and graphic designer. “I’m not some big corporation with a huge Aspen Trail Finder team. It’s just me,” he says. “But that doesn’t mean users are only going to find my thoughts or opinions on the site—in fact, it’s quite the opposite. I’ve built it so that it functions as a community tool where anyone can comment on a particular hike, or add information about trail conditions or difficulty. That’s the real power behind it: collective knowledge.” Files admits that he isn’t into the typical Top Ten lists that litter social media and Colorado travel websites, and that he almost always hesitates to offer direct trail recommendations to strangers. Why? Because he believes that the definition of adventure is different for everyone. “You could take the exact same trail, and one person would say it’s too easy while another person considers it a real challenge,” he says. “So I feel that it’s important to provide information about all the options, so that people can make those decisions for themselves.” Users will note on the website that Files has specifically steered away from giving his own definitive answers for just this reason, and instead leans on that collective user knowledge by offering “Most Popular” and “Highest Rated” trail lists for each major area of the valley. Other tools available to users include a customizable search, online maps for both summer and winter trails, an area for conditions reporting with weather forecasts and road closures, and a guide to local parks. For those who love a good surprise, there’s even a fun “Random Trail” button. And once trail-seekers have finally finished their searches and chosen their routes, printable maps are available for use along several of the valley’s largest trail systems. Files says that in the two and a half years since Aspen Trail Finder went live, the response has been immense. As webmaster, he has tracked the site’s progress and pulled together some impressive numbers on how it’s being used. “It has just sort of blown up, and I have no idea where the end is,” Files says. “I can see how people are using it, how much, and when. About a third of them are local, a third are from the Denver area, and another third are people from all over the U.S. who are probably planning trips here.” With so much data available, Aspen Trail Finder has also become an attractive advertising tool for certain brands hoping to reach a targeted audience. At this point the sky seems to be the limit, but Files asserts that his ultimate goal will always be to provide a reliable tool that inspires others to discover the great natural wonderland that is the Roaring Fork Valley. “I’m always trying to find a way to get outside,” he says. “And my hope is that Aspen Trail Finder will encourage other people to get outside, too.” July 2017 | Roaring Fork Lifestyle

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atching paragliders coasting on the thermals, the colorful shells of their sails holding them aloft in the blue, I have often wondered how they got up there in the first place. Did they learn to fly like fledgling birds in a nature film, dropping out of the nest with a thunk? Nope. It’s easier than that. One recent summer morning, an able instructor taught me the process. It only looks like running off a cliff. I had dreamed about it the night before. I’m fairly adventurous; I Into the Not-So-Wild Blue have taught skiing and figure skating. I learned rock climbing as Yonder Off Red Mountain a child. On one hand, I worried that the take-off might be like a rappel: that terror-inducing moment when a rock climber must walk ARTICLE NICOLETTE TOUSSAINT backward off a cliff, leaning back against a thin nylon rope to boldly PHOTOGRAPHY SHANNON PIENAAR go where no one with any instinct for self-preservation would ever go. On the other hand, I thought it might feel like a childhood dream come to life—one where I’m ice skating and I leap effortlessly into the sky, floating over valleys and mountains at will, a wingless wonder. The actual launch at first felt like running in ankle-deep sand. My able instructor, Pine Pienaar, had told me we would run together, starting on the right foot. As the canopy rose, it would resist us. It did, and as we neared the point where Red Mountain begins to pitch steeply down toward Glenwood Springs—the point where I’d normally stop running and start to climb down—I discovered my feet weren’t quite touching the ground. They hovered two, three, then five inches above it. Almost imperceptibly, we rose. And we were moving outward, not being blown back into the hillside. Within moments, Pine, who was harnessed behind me, his arms around me and on the controls, had us cruising downward in big looping traverses. Flying 10 or 12 feet above the ground, I watched the trees and rocks cruise by. Tall and lean but well-muscled, Pine is sunny and outgoing, the sort who makes friends easily. As he had strapped me in and introduced the gear, speaking in a not-quite-British accent, his expertise and the silver dusting in his beard told me he had quite a few flights under his belt. Turns out he’s been teaching this sport for more than 25 years. In terms of height and speed, the first leg of our flight was similar to a chairlift ride and took about the same amount of effort from me. The amazing difference was being free of any tether, soaring like a hawk. After following the mountainside a ways, we moved out over the river, the drop to the ground increasing to several hundred feet. In comparison to hang glider and hot-air balloon rides, this was more peaceful. The paraglider was so silent that I discovered I could interview Pine in flight. (I figured I could remember most of his answers. I hadn’t planned to take notes, so I brought only my camera along. Because I had no zippered pockets, I tucked it into my bra.) During the flight, I learned that Etienne “Pine” Pienaar hails from South (AdventureParagliding.com) offers a Africa. He first came to this valley to play rugby in Aspen. That’s where tandem flight, which lasts 10-20 minutes, he learned to paraglide. Pine now holds an advanced tandem instructor's for $165. They fly four times a day during rating from the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association summer, at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 a.m. and has taught paragliding to dozens of students. Several of them were at There’s no minimum or maximum age the launch site when Pine took me aloft. limit; the maximum weight is 260 pounds. Pine now co-owns the Adventure Paragliding Company with his wife Shannon, the genie who handles the management side of the business.

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A PAIR GO PARAGLIDING (CON TI N U ED)

Pine and the author, Nicolette Toussaint, after their tandem flight.

It was Shannon who had driven the truck containing me, Karlee, Haylee, and the gear to the launch site. Like me, Karlee and Haylee were taking their first-ever flights. The two sisters live in Nebraska and were vacationing with their parents. (During the preparatory safety movie, shown at the Glenwood Adventure Company where Adventure Paragliding has its offices, their dad looked fine, but mom looked a bit fretful.) Unlike me, the sisters weren’t worried about dropping things; I later learned that Karlee had been texting her mom during the flight. Unlike hang gliders, which have rigid frames and are piloted from a horizontal position, paragliders use lines and harnesses to attach pilots and riders to a parachute-like canopy. The canopy, which is made of rip-stop nylon coated with silicone or polyurethane, costs about $4,500 and lasts around 300 hours. Paraglider pilots launch themselves using currents that rise up mountainsides; they then can use thermal air currents to soar even higher. To steer, a pilot makes weight shifts and manipulates lines and brakes. Pine did all the steering, and once we were high above the Roaring Fork, he treated me to a few more advanced maneuvers, dipping the canopy first to the left and then to the right, creating an exciting figure-eight roller coaster maneuver. It suited my taste for

The launch site on Red Mountain above Glenwood Springs. Photo: Nicolette Toussaint

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Pine radios his student to line her up for a solo landing. Photo: Nicolette Toussaint

adventure, but my stomach rebelled, so Pine quickly took us back to glassy, serene gliding. As we silently swept over the river and treetops, I asked Pine about his oldest student. Although I’m fairly athletic, I’m only 5’1” and I recently turned 65. I had worried whether I would be strong enough to paraglide. Silly wabbit! Pine told me that just a few days earlier, a 92-year-old who had seen the rest of her family fly told him that she wanted to go aloft. She said that if he’d bring a step stool to help her climb into his company’s truck, she’d go up the next day. Pine brought the step, and the lady flew. Our landing was not much more difficult than the takeoff. Pine told me to hold my feet straight out and anticipate contact as we neared the ground. It was like fending off rocks when you wash out of a river raft. It didn’t take much strength, but I suspect that Pine was doing most of the work. At the landing zone, I got to watch a small flock of Pine’s baby birds, his students, leave the nest and float down the mountainside. One young woman was taking her first-ever solo flight—which, accordingly, meant that she was also making her first solo landing. As she came toward the field, Pine directed her by radio:      “Just make some 360s there and don’t come too far forward into the field. Just do that to lose some altitude.”      “That’s good, now make a 180-degree turn on the right to get oriented to the field.”      “OK, now brake. Slow down. Keep your feet out. That’s it.” She landed with a shout of jubilation. Soon, the tandem flights carrying Haylee and Karlee followed, bringing them down into the landing field. “That was a great experience. Not as scary as I thought,” Karlee enthused. (Karlee, 20, had been egged into paragliding by her 24-year-old older sister Haylee.) “I loved it,” chirped Haylee. “The views were just beautiful. I would totally recommend this.”


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n the late hours of January 13, the team stowed the last gear by flashlight. Alternately sweating and shivering—overheated by heavy lifting in drysuits and chilled by the weight of responsibility—the eight were about to hurl themselves down the Grand Canyon in a headlong sprint. To topple a speed record set by kayakers two years earlier, they would have to spend at least 34 sleepless hours paddling 277 miles along the Colorado River, crashing through canyon depths by day and threading a perilous course through the “easier” whitewater rapids in inky darkness. At 11 p.m., the men hugged their wives and children. One read aloud, making the words into an incantation: “Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it: Begin it now.” As they pushed the huge raft away from the boat ramp at Lee’s Ferry, they began a quest that had actually started a full eight months earlier. “When we put in, I felt all this responsibility,” recalls Ian Anderson. “There were layers of community holding up that raft: the boater community, our trainers, our families, our sponsors, donors who had given us equipment, oars, clothing.” Anderson, a Carbondale resident and PR director for Backbone Media, had been largely in charge

of pulling together the support that rippled out around the boaters. Anderson’s longtime friend Seth Mason, also of Carbondale, played a key role in setting the team’s plan of attack. A retired member of the U.S. Men’s Whitewater Raft Team and principal hydrologist for Lotic Hydrological services, Mason had charted the entire course on a spreadsheet, complete with probable speeds and time checks at key rapids. “It was the night stuff that really made everyone nervous,” he recalls. “We knew if we lost the moon behind a cloud, the visibility would go. In real consequential whitewater, we could wrap our boat and be in a world of hurt because cold water and cold air are tough to come back from.” Then too, “there’s no manual for how to build a boat for eight people that goes fast through rapids.” Mason’s design of the 48-foot experimental craft—an odd-looking cross between a catamaran and a traditional river raft­ —involved months of parts-scrounging and testing. Their six months of training had been brutal. Carolyn Parker, owner of the Ripple Effect Gym in Carbondale, had devised a nutrition, motivation, and exercise regimen that called for extreme weekend-warrior dedication: 12-16 hour days would CONTINUED >

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typically include four hours on a rowing machine, two hours in the gym, a six-hour bike ride plus a two-hour hike. The ripple effect from all that, plus weekday training before and work, of course, sent waves into Mason’s and Anderson’s families. “We’re both fortunate to have wives who are adventurous themselves and who were supportive,” says Mason. “Both of our wives—Jessica Mason and Sari Anderson—are athletes. They have raced at the professional level,” adds Anderson. “They have an appreciation for what it to takes to train, and they were both willing to step up and make sacrifices.” (Note: Jessica Mason and Sari Anderson are now taking their turn, climbing and skiing Mount Rainier with Betsy Dain-Owens, one of the women who trained their husbands.) Yet another layer of motivational support—and with it, anxious expectation­—came from the filmmakers who documented the team’s grand dash. Forest Woodward and Brendan Leonard followed the adventure in a 23-minute film called "The Time Travelers." (The film was shown at the 5Point Adventure Film Festival in Carbondale in April and is available on YouTube and Vimeo.) The film was underwritten by Chaco Footwear along with REI, YETI, NRS, Jack's Plastic Welding, and Cataract Oars. “I had support from work because Chaco, which makes river sandals and was founded by a river guide in Paonia, is a client of Backbone Media,” says Anderson. “But a big concern, all along, was what if it went really badly? What if we needed rescue?” The team chose to make its run in January because nowadays, the Colorado’s flow is governed not so much by snowmelt runoff as it is by dams. In January, engineers historically release additional water to meet the needs of downstream cities like Las Vegas and Phoenix. The initial speed record for the run, which was set in 1983 and is described in the book "The Emerald Mile,” occurred when a record 70,000 CFS (cubic feet per second) streamed through the canyon. Two years ago in January, kayakers broke that record. Starting out on 20,000 CFS, Mason and Anderson’s team would have to row hard to put on enough speed to beat the record. After 21 hours and 179 miles of rowing, the team was on pace to do it. 32

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They entered Lava Falls at 8:45 p.m. The river was dark, roaring. They took a clean line down the rapid’s center, avoiding the menacing Cheese Grater rock. Suddenly a surge erupted, shooting the boat up nearly to vertical. With a sound like a gunshot, something gave way. An aluminum tube had snapped, punching a hole into one of the pontoons. The repairs took three hours, deflating morale and washing away a record-in-the-making. Still, the team dug in and finished, making the trip in 39 hours, 24 minutes. “It’s a funny thing, spending 39 hours going through a canyon millions and millions of years in the making,” Mason muses. “The river—it doesn’t care. The significance of our run is more about our relation to the place, our efforts to grow ourselves in this magical cathedral. We’re not going to change the canyon, but ideally, at the end, the canyon changes us.” Although the team made extreme efforts to avoid leaving any mark in the canyon, Anderson frets about the plans of others. “The Grand Canyon is under near-constant threat from development—there’s a proposed tramway to the bottom, a huge proposed development on the South Rim, uranium mining, and more—so our trip and the film were, in part, an opportunity to educate ourselves and other people about those threats.” “The Grand Canyon is one of the natural wonders of the world,” he adds. “We know that all of the water in this valley flows to the Grand Canyon. All the things we do here affect the Grand Canyon. They impact everyone downstream.” Mason chimes in, musing:  “You could run the Mississippi in a raft, but people don’t because it’s filled with barges and cities. Why do we go to isolated places? That kind of challenge in that kind of setting—a majestic, unaltered landscape millions of years in the making—is special. Development limits the opportunities you have to interact with the landscape in a spiritual way.” Both Mason and Anderson plan to return to the timeless canyon, bringing their families. Mason  will wait awhile. He says that his older son, who is four, “doesn’t want to run the river because he thinks you have to go at night.” He needs a little time to grow into the adventure. As for Anderson: “We were going as fast as we could, and that’s not the way I would recommend. I want to do it again and take my time—21 days would be about right.”

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TO BE SEEN

ARTICLE ALEXA FITZPATRICK | PHOTOGRAPHY ASPEN CAMP OF THE DEAF* AND HARD OF HEARING

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nyone who has ever been to camp remembers the adventure. Sometimes it’s filled with excitement about getting away from home, sometimes there are tears; for many there are both. Regardless of how it starts, by the end of the summer new friendships are formed and memories made that will last a lifetime. That’s also true of the children who attend The Aspen Camp of the Deaf* and Hard of Hearing, but in many ways even more so. Fast friendships can make new best friends feel like the only people who really get you and your life experience, but imagine if circumstances made that true. CONTINUED >

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IMPORTANT TO BE SEEN

(CON TI N U ED)

A volunteer signs lyrics during a camp picnic.

There’s no need to skip to the bottom of the article to look for a reference related to the asterisk in Deaf*. Deaf* is a term created by the nonprofit camp to be inclusive of all the deaf identities, including those who identify as D/deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, late deafened, and everything else. They don’t use terms like hearing loss or hearing impaired, and neither should we, because it’s not a loss. The camp’s mission is to remind everyone that Deaf* does not mean less than. As you drive over Watson Divide, down Snowmass Creek Road, and into the Aspen Camp, the only year-round Deaf* camp in the world, it’s clear that sound is irrelevant to appreciating the beauty that lies before you. But the eyes aren’t the most important sense for engaging the energy that surrounds this magical place. Many children who are born Deaf* have parents who can hear. A lucky few go to Deaf* schools, but most are mainstreamed in classes with hearing students. The biggest adventure that Aspen Camp provides isn’t rafting or climbing a mountain, though the beautiful campus does provide lots of access to the outdoors. The biggest adventure for most of the campers is finally connecting to a world that understands them. Being Deaf* is a ticket to a unique culture and way of looking at the world. The Aspen Camp reminds us that the gap between those who can and those who cannot hear isn’t vertical. Director of Marketing for the camp, Katie Murch, explains that “the biggest challenge to being Deaf* isn’t not hearing. The biggest challenge to being Deaf* is dealing with how the word treats me because I don’t hear.” If you’ve ever been to a country where you don’t speak the language, you know it can be challenging. For those who hear, most of the unfamiliar words line up with the approach to language we’ve been taught in our own culture—but imagine if there was no way for you to access the language used by everyone around you. Imagine if your whole approach to thought was different from your culture and, with limited role models living your experience, you had to figure most of it out for yourself. Murch shares that it’s not uncommon for campers to arrive thinking that a normal lifespan for a Deaf* person is about 18 years old. It’s a logical conclusion for a child who has never met a Deaf* adult. Mainstreaming has its advantages, but its biggest disservice lies in not providing the child with Deaf* role models. Aspen Camp for the Deaf* and Hard of Hearing is changing that for its campers with predominantly Deaf* counselors and staff. Do they need to take special precautions to ensure the safety of the campers? Murch notes that a child is never more safe than under the watch of someone whose attention is predominantly visual. Unburdened by sound, they see everything. According to the World Federation of the Deaf, there are 70 million D/deaf people in the world and approximately 80 percent of them have no access to education of any sort. Only one to two percent of the world’s D/deaf population get training in sign language, which is vital for establishing their important cultural and linguistic identity. 36

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All smiles after tug-of-war in a mud pit flooded by the Basalt Fire Department.

Taking a dip on a field trip to the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool.

The most amazing thing, according to Murch, is watching the kids arrive. It only takes a few days for them to develop confidence in signing. The activity is contagious and can transform a previously "shy" kid. Murch also lights up when she describes kids getting up on the stage to perform for the first time. Hollywood actress Marlee Matlin notwithstanding, most mainstreamed Deaf* children are never afforded this opportunity. The camp offers three summer programs divided by age group, and takes up to 28 children at a time. Fifty percent come back the following year. They also offer a family camp for hearing parents with Deaf* children, and hearing siblings of Deaf* campers are allowed to join for the winter sessions. Adventures range from backpacking to skiing to rafting and stand up paddleboarding (SUP). The campus has high ropes courses and obstacles that challenge balance and dexterity. Cabins sleep up to 60 campers and the numbers can expand if part of the group is willing to rough it in tents. Not just for kids, the camp offers a Womxn’s retreat over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend and an Xtreme Retreat during the X-Games. They also offer a You Camp, when any group, hearing or Deaf*, may rent the space. But you don’t have to plan your own retreat to get involved. There are volunteer opportunities  that range from driving campers around the valley to driving the long-term strategy for the organization. Helping out with one of the adult retreats is also a great way to learn to sign, though they are planning to offer an online class this fall. Of the 72 percent of campers needing scholarships, each one is required to raise a portion of the funds on their own, a means of encouraging self-sufficiency before camp even begins. Their profiles are listed on AspenCamp.org, but if you can’t decide, donations can be made to a general fund. A benefit in Snowmass on July 15 will mark the 50th anniversary of the camp. Started in the 1960s with the help of John Denver and Jimmy Buffet, and presented by Jazz Aspen Snowmass, this free concert offers music, food, and an opportunity to lend your support. The headliner is Lukas Nelson. Campers come from rural communities and inner cities, but all leave with new ideas of what’s possible and where they are going. Murch shared the story of a few boys from a rough area of Detroit who arrived with limited connections in their community and no understanding of things we take for granted in the valley. After an overnight under the stars, one of the boys found her immediately and signed his excitement at the vastness of the world. “It’s so hard to send them back into their environments,” she confesses. The biggest and scariest adventure for many of them is going back home. On the Aspen Camp for the Deaf* and Hard of Hearing website, the question is posed: What if the cure to cancer is locked in the brain of a Deaf* child who has yet to be seen? With programs like these, it is clear that the future is being unlocked for the campers one incredible life adventure at a time. July 2017 | Roaring Fork Lifestyle

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ARTICLE GENEVIÈVE JOËLLE VILLAMIZAR | PHOTOGRAPHY NELSON OLDHAM

It hits him. “Man. I’m skiing Highlands with two kids whose dads have died in the last two years in tragic accidents. I’m the only dad here, with three different families. What a strange feeling,” Nelson Oldham pauses, reflective. These two fathers aren’t the only ones. He recalls the local skier who perished on the Laundry Chutes of Mount Sopris. “He was the first person just gone in my community,” says Oldham, with a snap of his fingers. “I thought, man—he is never coming back. That’s it." He pauses. “We both had kids. We’d compare notes.” Oldham processed his shock while writing a song about it. Turning 50 in two weeks, Oldham is father to Kate, age 15, a nationally-ranked Nordic skier, and her brother Ben, age 11, a tentative river rat. Paddling class III rapids by his own son’s age, Oldham was drawn to extreme pursuits early on. Spawn of Valley Mill Camp, famed for cranking out star paddlers, he was training other kids by age 14. Ignoring his Georgetown University degree at 22, Oldham built carbon-fiber Kevlar vessels with Valley Mill Boats, a spin-off from the camp. Mentoring under World Cup-winning paddler Andy Bridge, Oldham’s goal was simple: mastery. “We were second generation pioneers—where some stuff had been done, some stuff was still being figured out, some stuff was being done a second time, just to make sure it really

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Oldham's children, Kate and Ben, inspired him to reexamine his priorities.


Slowing down and having fun on a recent river trip.

Oldham will spend the summer paddling with his son, but first: rolling class and safety training.

was a good idea. I was at a point where the limit for me was quite dangerous. When you start doing Class V rapids, you’re basically seriously endangering your life.” Oldham wasn’t into the adrenaline rush of "fear." Ultimately, he turned to racing, which placed all of his prior technique and expertise into the crucible of time and endurance—versus danger. “In racing, you’re getting a real challenge and an adrenaline rush, without Class V rapids anymore,” Oldham explains. He crushed it. Right out of the gates. “Nelson’s serious demeanor translates into serious skills on downhill, demanding rivers,” says close friend and fellow kayaking champion Andy Corra. “With his long-boat racing pedigree and steep-creek nerves, Nelson dominated the burgeoning Class V race scene of the late ‘90s and 2000s in the Rockies, while earning several trips to European World Cup and Championship races as a member of the U.S. Kayak Wildwater Team.” Oldham carved a legendary wake, with two unbeaten records. He owns America’s longest standing paddle race, the 26-mile FIBArk sprint—as yet unmatched in 22 years. His Class V Gore Canyon Whitewater Race record will most likely never be beaten, despite advances in plastic boats and the resultant diversity of paddlers. Like a drug, adrenaline may be alluring, but can you handle it? Do you even want to? Oldham holds the long view. “Challenge with less risk is what normal people think about as they get older—realizing the value of their life, or their value to others.” His identity doesn’t rest in his stories. Alongside partner Julie Oldham, their cafe, Dos Gringos, offers Carbondale  the high-quality food/java fix that every roadtripper and local craves. His band, the Milemarkers, brings life to venues and private parties valley-wide with Americana roots rock. Who’d risk jeopardizing any of this? Over an adrenaline fix? A bar room story? Not Oldham. “We were running Gore Canyon one year—” the King of Gore recalls of his canyon, “the water was really high, the rocks looked different. It was getting dark. My son’s birthday was the next day.” Oldham’s face is neutral. He bears no self-judgement, even in recollection. “Something didn’t feel right. I backed off. My friend, Tommy was about 10 years younger and a better boater. He understood, he supported that decision of mine. Those are the kinds of friends you want to surround yourself with.” Those are the kinds of friends who help you stay alive, just like fellow soul paddler, Corra; Oldham still plays around with him—wise, seasoned equals with nothing to prove. “Nelson’s one of a handful of paddlers who can navigate big water drops in a 20-pound fiberglass boat, loaded with two weeks of gear—at speed,” Corra says. Yet the two of them spent five days in May on two gentler rivers, paddling 120 miles with three other friends—for fun. “It’s a balance. This trip was all about the bocce ball, enough tequila, good food. These are all luxuries we wouldn’t have considered 20 years ago,” Oldham says. And now? Oldham looks forward to paddling with his son all summer. Endorphins over adrenaline, these days. July 2017 | Roaring Fork Lifestyle

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Doug Stenclik records an episode of "Totally Deep" at Cripple Creek Backcountry. Photo: Blake Gordon

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arbondale’s population may be tiny, but its reach in the world of adventure audio is mighty. Outside magazine dubbed 2016 “The Year of Audio” due to the popularity of podcasts dedicated to sharing tales of outside adventure, and several of the most popular shows pipe right from the heart of Bonedale. Google “best adventure podcasts” and it’s a sure bet that local Chris Kalous’ “The Enormocast” will pop up on the list. Newer to the game but quickly developing a passionate following is Carbondale’s Cripple Creek Backcountry’s “Totally Deep” podcast. Both "The Enormocast" and "Totally Deep" target niche outdoor subcultures. Cripple Creek Backcountry owners Doug Stenclik and Randy Young banter in unfiltered, sometimes irreverent dialogues with local ski mountaineering legends like Chris Davenport and Lou Dawson. They also interview colorful local fixtures like Jaques "Frenchie" Houot, who, at 81 years old, still skis or rides his bike nearly every day. Frenchie also loves to stop in at Cripple

Chris Kalous (right) interviews Jay Smith for "The Enormocast." Photo: Chris Noble Photo

Creek almost daily during the season. In his intro to Frenchie Does Backcountry: Episode 7 of "Totally Deep," Stenclik notes that the podcast “captures a piece of that last 50 years of ski and backcountry ski culture in our valley.” It also, notes Stenclik, “offers a taste of what it's like to hang out in a backcountry-only ski shop deep in the mountains of Colorado with six beers on tap. You should know that never a day goes by without Frenchie coming in to tell one of these five stories again as if it was the first time.” "The Enormocast" focuses  on climbers, hosting in-depth, thought-provoking interviews with leading rock climbers and mountaineers such as Alex Honnold, who just astounded the climbing world with a free solo (a climb without ropes) of Yosemite’s 3,000foot El Capitan rock face in less than four hours. Kalous is himself a longtime, deeply talented climber whose experience gives him

the insider knowledge to ask insightful questions. He also has a deep sense of the sport’s history and players, and  tries to ferret out leading climbers from the past for his interviews, resulting in an incredibly comprehensive library of audio climbing history. Why podcast? Kalous thinks it’s becoming increasingly popular because it is  media that listeners can consume while doing other things like running, working, or commuting. Kalous shared how he once painted houses for a living and listened to nearly 200 episodes of "The History of Rome" while he was working. “I could get the days to fly by with podcasts, and I could learn a ton, too," says Kalous. “I reckon it was a few semesters of Roman history for free—better than for free, because I was earning money while listening. Then I went to Rome for three days of being a tourist and it was amazing how much I understood what I was seeing.” As a media professional, Kalous also loves the simplicity of the medium and the fact that it reduces the numbers of gatekeepers between sharing a creative inspiration or interview with the world.  He’s managed to put out two episodes a month in the past five and a half years, even when he was often out of the country and when he bought a house and had a baby. He believes that consistency is key in amassing the solid following that "The Enormocast" has gained. “With podcasting—you have an idea? Tomorrow it's out to the world,” says Kalous. “If you have a voice, literally, and any laptop built in the last decade, you can produce, post, and promote a podcast. There are no gatekeepers—no studio fees, FCC regs, no radio station manager, nothing. Editors and the other gatekeepers can help you a great deal with quality, but they can also squash creativity at times.” Ultimately, the goal for both "Totally Deep" and "The Enormocast" is to share the authentic joys, fears, losses, and beauty experienced by fellow members of their respective outdoor tribes. “My podcasts are really more about information and the fun of being included in an intimate conversation,” notes Kalous. “I suppose some paint pictures better than others depending on the guest. But my best shows are about the person's inner landscape. If folks step away feeling like they just sat down with a couple beers at a campfire with us, then that's a win.” July 2017 | Roaring Fork Lifestyle

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Lifestyle Calendar

July THURSDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER NEW CASTLE COMMUNITY MARKET

JULY 12 RFC RIVER RENDEZVOUS DALLENBACH RANCH Roaring Fork Conservancy (RFC) hosts its 18th annual River Rendezvous fundraiser at Dallenbach Ranch in Basalt. Hosted by RFC's National Council, the event raises funds to support RFC programs that serve the area from Aspen to Glenwood and Marble to Meredith. Register online at RoaringFork.org.

BURNING MOUNTAIN PARK, NEW CASTLE

JULY 14

New Castle hosts its evening community market every Thursday,

OPENING RECEPTION: DIANE LIGHT + SALLY COLE

July through September, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in Burning Mountain

THE ART BASE

Park. Prepared foods, fresh produce, locally-made products, and

The Art Base hosts an opening reception for the work of Diane Light

music will be featured each week. Visit NewCastleColorado.org for

and Sally Cole, featuring an elegant and sophisticated mix of func-

more information.

tional ceramics combined with floral transfers on aluminum—with a

SATURDAYS IN JULY (EXCEPT JULY 8) REDSTONE MAGICAL MOMENTS CONCERT SERIES

definite pull from the garden and nature. The artwork will be on display through August 5. For information, visit TheArtBase.org.

REDSTONE PARK

JULY 15

Free summer concerts in beautiful Redstone Park! Bring the family

LEMONADE DAY

from 6-8 p.m. Saturday evenings for the Steve Manshel Band (July 1),

VALLEY-WIDE

Whiskey Stomp (July 15), Cowboy Brad Fitch (July 22), and Moors &

Support the valley's young entrepreneurs as they peddle creative lem-

McCumber (July 29). See RedstoneColorado.com. 

onade creations at homemade stands from Aspen to Glenwood! The

JULY 1 WRIT LARGE TRUE NATURE HEALING ARTS

Lemonade Day Roaring Fork Valley program helps introduce young people to starting, owning, and operating their own small business. Check LemonadeDay.org for details on events in each town.

Locals bring their true stories to life in this storyslam featuring Lynn

JULY 15

Aliya, Wewer Keohane, Gregory Pickrell, Patrick Curry, Mike Marolt,

DEAF CAMP BENEFIT

and Roaring Fork Lifestyle  contributor Genevieve Villamizar. The

FANNY HILL, SNOWMASS

event is curated and hosted by Alya Howe of other valley perfor-

Come celebrate and support the Aspen Camp for the Deaf* and Hard

mance series The Salon and Poetry Brothel. The stories start at 6 p.m.

of Hearing in Snowmass! Great music, delicious food, and beautiful

with no scripts or notes!

scenery add up to an amazing day--and all for a great cause. This

JULY 4 FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION

year’s event will be extra special as it is Aspen Camp’s 50th Anniversary! See AspenCamp.org for event details.

TWO RIVERS PARK, GLENWOOD SPRINGS

JULY 17-20

Celebrate your patriotic spirit and join the fun for the Fourth of July

YOGART KIDS CAMP

Celebration hosted by the City of Glenwood Springs. This family-fo-

THE LAUNCHPAD

cused celebration kicks off at 5 p.m.with live music, games, crafts,

YogArt is a week full of self exploration and creative expression in

swag gifts, and food from local vendors. Enjoy low-altitude fireworks

art, movement, games, and yoga on the Rosybelle Bus and at The

beginning at 9:20 p.m.!

Launchpad in Carbondale! Kids  ages 6+ will join teacher Rochelle

JULY 5, 12, 19, & 26 GLENWOOD SUMMER OF MUSIC TWO RIVERS PARK, GLENWOOD SPRINGS

Norwood to learn about their bodies through age appropriate yoga basics and creative movement. $155 members/$160 non-members. Participants must pre-register by July 10 at CarbondaleArts.com. 

Enjoy fantastic live entertainment with the Glenwood Summer

JULY 20-23

of Music Series, which continues rain or shine every Wednesday

SOL THEATRE COMPANY'S RENT

evening in July! Local opening acts begin at 6:30 p.m. and head-

THUNDER RIVER THEATRE

liners go on at 7:15 p.m. Bands include Battle of Santiago (July 5),

Stage of Life (SoL) Theatre Company presents its summer teen produc-

Major & the Monbacks (July 12), Taylor Scott Band (July 19), and

tion of hit musical RENT on July 20-22 at 7 p.m. and July 22-23 at 2 p.m.

The Black Lillies (July 26). 44

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JULY 22 CRUISE-A-THONG

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VELTUS PARK, GLENWOOD SPRINGS Glenwood's most fun "don't-try-athlon" is back! Bike, walk, and float with your friends in flip-flops ("thong" sandals) and outrageous costumes while enjoying treats and surprises along the way. Space is limited, so sign up (regular adult registration $27) early at CruiseAThongGlenwood.com. Proceeds benefit local outdoor improvement projects.

JULY 28 & 29 GLENWOOD SPRINGS CAR SHOW GLENWOOD SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL (PARKING LOT) Join Valley Cruisers Car Club and Vicco's Charcoalburger Drive-In for the 14th annual Glenwood Springs Car Show! Enjoy classic cars, vintage snowmobiles, motorcycles, and more. Vicco's Charcoalburger hosts a free kick-off BBQ at the drive-in on July 28 from 6-9 p.m., and the fun continues in the high school parking lot on July 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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JULY 28-30 46TH ANNUAL MOUNTAIN FAIR SOPRIS PARK, CARBONDALE Carbondale's largest and most colorful annual event celebrates art in all forms of expression, and is known for its diverse range, nonstop entertainment, great food, and amazing spirit! Some 20,000 people from around the community, the state, and the country attend each year. In 2017 the fair features a theme centered around water. Check CarbondaleArts.com for event information and schedule.

JULY 31-AUGUST 6 GARFIELD COUNTY FAIR & RODEO GARFIELD COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS "Stars, Stripes, and Fair Delights" is the theme of Garfield County's 79th annual fair! Come out to the county fairgrounds in Rifle for the rodeo, demolition derby, 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) shows, great food, and so much more. American Idol winner Scotty McCreery will perform August 4. Check GarfieldCountyFair.com for the full schedule of events! 46

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Realty Report RECENTLY SOLD PROPERTIES OVER $600,000 NEIGHBORHOOD

ORIGINAL LIST

SOLD PRICE

DAYS ON MARKET

BEDS

BASALT The Wilds Willits Roaring Fork Club Southside Southside

%SOLD/ ORIGINAL

FULL BTH

HALF BTH

SOLD PRICE/ SQ. FT

$1,295,000 $859,000 $700,000 $695,000 $699,000

$1,100,000 $749,000 $700,000 $695,000 $681,300

85% 87% 100% 100% 97%

162 173 24 211 1007

5 3 3 3 3

5 2 3 2 2

1 1 1 1 0

318.1 280.63 288.9 370.27 264.69

CARBONDALE Gabossi River Vallley Ranch Aspen Glen Aspen Glen River Vallley Ranch Crystal Acres Blue Lake Blue Lake Carbondale Roaring Fork Carbondale El Jebel

$2,780,000 $1,945,000 $1,695,000 $1,395,000 $989,000 $780,000 $740,000 $710,000 $700,000 $685,000 $700,000 $625,000

$2,235,000 $1,825,000 $1,650,000 $1,070,000 $933,000 $780,000 $720,000 $705,000 $690,000 $660,000 $622,000 $615,000

80% 94% 97% 77% 94% 100% 97% 99% 99% 96% 89% 98%

391 315 182 328 348 86 100 36 44 40 758 29

5 4 5 4 4 4 3 4 4 5 4 3

4 4 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 3 2 2

0 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0

632.07 384.21 214.42 262.32 172.49 291.92 244.73 258.05 269.53 234.38 245.27 353.86

MISSOURI HEIGHTS Homestead Acres Aspen Mountain View Aspen Mesa Estates Red Table

$1,750,000 $869,000 $725,000 $657,000

$1,300,000 $782,500 $725,000 $615,000

74% 90% 100% 94%

760 48 104 55

5 3 4 4

4 3 3 2

1 1 0 0

256.87 292.52 317.7 294.12

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Sunny Acres Glenwood Park East Oak Meadows Pinyon Mesa Sunlight View Oak Meadows Ranch

$1,150,000 $749,000 $727,900 $765,000 $659,000 $665,000 $605,000

$1,150,000 $719,000 $715,000 $685,000 $647,000 $630,000 $602,000

100% 96% 98% 90% 98% 95% 100%

67 37 157 375 198 216 70

3 3 5 4 3 3 4

3 2 3 4 2 3 3

0 1 1 2 1 0 1

290.77 187.53 193.61 151.45 264.08 271.67 196.73

(This data is a sampling of sold properties from 5/1/17 to 5/31/17, Source: Aspen Glenwood MLS)

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HOME BUILDERS & REMODELERS

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HOME SERVICES

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LANDSCAPING

Aspen Grove Property Services (970) 279-5530 agps.biz

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LEGAL

Balcomb & Green P.C. (970) 945-6546 balcombgreen.com Law Office of Jamie J. Roth (970) 987-5216   The Noone Law Firm PC (970) 945-4500 noonelaw.com  

MEDICAL CLINICS & FACILITIES

Mountain Family Health Centers (970) 945-2840 mountainfamily.org

MORTGAGE

Bay Equity Home Loans (970) 330-5010 bayequityhomeloans.com/ glenwood-springs

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Ajax Mechanical Services (970) 984-0579 ajaxmechanical.com AV by Design (970) 945-6610 avbydesignllc.com   Delta Disaster Services (970) 712-5298 deltawesterncolorado.com   Eagle Crest Nursery (970) 963-1173 eaglecrestnursery.com   Elite Hardwood Floors (970) 366-1676   Glenwood Caverns Adverture Park (970) 945-4228 glenwoodcaverns.com  

Green Tech Electrical (970) 618-2163 green-techelectrical.com Midland Shoe (970) 927-0902 midlandshoe.com   Network Interiors (970) 984-9100   Nieslanik Beef, LLC (970) 963-1644 nieslanikbeef.com   PRO TKD Martial Arts (970) 963-2685 protkdmac.com   Roaring Fork Valley COOP (970) 963-2220   Space This (970) 319-4335 spacethis.com   Spring Creek Land & Waterscapes (970) 963-9195 springcreeklandand waterscapes.com   Testimonial Ad (970) 618-8981 roaringforklifestyle.com   The Fireplace Company (970) 963-3598 thefpco.com   The Glass Guru (970) 456-6832 theglassguruof glenwoodsprings.com   True North Hearth & Home (970) 230-9363 truenorthfireplaces.com  

West Canyon Tree Farm (970) 305-7556 westcanyontreefarm.com

PET CARE

Red Hill Animal Health Center (970) 704-0403 redhillvet.com Willits Veterinary Hospital (970) 510-5436 willitsvet.com  

REAL ESTATE

Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate (970) 963-3300 masonmorse.com Compass (970) 925-6063 compass.com   INTEGRATED MOUNTAIN GROUP (970) 945-7653 integratedmountaingroup.com   RAD Development Glenwood, LLC (970) 309-1540  

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Heritage ParkLife Care Center (970) 963-1500 heritageparkcarecenterco.com

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OFF THE Parting Thoughts

MAP WHEN ADVENTURE PUSHES LIMITS AND OPENS DOORS ARTICLE TRINA ORTEGA PHOTOGRAPHY SCOTT HARALDSON

I

was riding bikes with two friends 15 miles up a narrow chipseal road north of Yaak, Montana, when we intersected the Pacific Northwest Trail and saw a sign for the Garver Mountain Fire Lookout. We were on a four-day bikepacking tour of fire lookouts in Big Sky Country and although we had purposely planned a short ride for the first afternoon, the sight of the brown Forest Service sign was welcoming. The trail was barely visible as it snaked through the tall grass, but as we climbed, the grass thinned and we hit a scraggly, rocky hillside that was so steep we had to hike our bikes, weighted down with 40 pounds of gear. As we picked our way along the primitive trail, we played “I Spy” trying to locate rock cairns marking the route. One friend became concerned after 30 minutes of hiking. She had downloaded the route into her GPS tracking device, and the little arrow on the screen that represented us was pointing 180 degrees opposite the dashed line that was the trail. We were on a faint foot path, but she was convinced we needed to backtrack. The other friend was tired of pushing bikes and refused to move until we were 100 percent sure of our location. After weeks of prepping for the 170mile tour on a mix of 4WD roads, remote pavement and dirt trails, my adventure had begun. I was in country I’d never seen, close to the Canadian border. It was grizzly bear terrain. I was carrying all my gear and food on my bike and back. We were in a largely uninhabited area of the country.  Wildfires 50

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were burning nearby. It was late in the day, and we were stymied by a route-finding challenge. When faced with moments like these, we really only have one option: deal with it. That might mean crumbling into the fetal position and weeping. It might mean retreating to the start point. It might mean plodding forward. But nothing will make you feel more present and in the moment than those experiences. Adventure can grant reprieve from daily stressors, provide perspective, and grace you with humility. Adventure doesn’t have to mean climbing El Capitan, bagging every 14er in Colorado, or getting lost on a bike tour in the Montana wilds. Experts in the field of adventure therapy describe “adventure” as any experience through which a person is challenged. I contemplated this recently while volunteering at my third-grader’s campout at Rock Bottom Ranch. The nine-year-olds were to ride six miles from Carbondale on the Rio Grande path to Rock Bottom. Before they departed, I heard a few children say: “I don’t know if I can make it. I’ve never ridden that far.” While pitching tents, some parents arrived with roller suitcases and brand new tents that still had tags. For some, a bike ride on a flat surface or spending a night in a tent (even if on the grassy grounds of a local outdoor education center with electricity and flush toilets) is an adventure. Adventure puts us outside our comfort zone, which can be positive. According to

Glenwood Springs experiential education leader and adventure therapy counselor Paul Hassel, “Adventure works for change because: 1) through adventure, a person stretches past perceived limitations in order to reach a goal, and this process can then be transferred to other areas of change or challenge in the person’s life; 2) adventure lends itself to all sorts of life-affirming feelings accompanied by dopamine, adrenaline, and endorphin production; and 3) adventure is often social, and there’s psychological power to be found in the bonds and support received through adventure with others.” During my Montana trip, I felt all that and more. I wasn’t always comfortable, but that adventure put the present moment right at my fingertips. After my riding buddies and I rested and had a snack on that Montana hillside, I pulled out a paper map and compass, and we got oriented. We simply needed to switchback up the hillside a few times in order to get “back” on route. A bit more hiking led to a beautiful trail contouring through the lodgepole pine and Englemann spruce. We pedaled a fast two miles before a quarter-mile hike up a strenuous rocky trail. When the blue Montana sky showed through the trees, I knew we were close. As the sun dropped near the horizon, we made the last turn of the trail and the Garver Mountain Lookout came into view.


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