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    I'm spending the winter as caretaker at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab in Gothic, Colorado, outside of Crested Butte. Which is to say, skiing a lot. Wednesday's storm dropped two feet of heavy snow on a fragile snowpack, and then dropped temperatures to the minus 20-degree range. Thursday meant getting out to fight cabin fever while avoiding areas of high avalanche risk and not freezing to death. I ended up skiing upvalley along (approximately) the 401 trail past Avery Peak, then bushwhacking inelegantly through tight spruces and over deadfall to discover a distant meadow where I had lunch and hot tea and then schussed back to the road. A fine day sliding (well, slogging) in the mountains.

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  • #2
    You're a fortunate individual to have landed that gig. Great pics, too. Love that part of the world...

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    • #3
      Wow, that last pic is sweet!


      Enjoy your winter.
      Last edited by Holzinger; 7 December 2013, 07:53 AM.
      Go your own way...the line is shorter.

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      • #4
        Damn, sweet gig. Thanks for the pics.

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        • #5
          Hey, I know that place! Great photos!

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          • #6
            One of my favorite places on earth. Lucky you!!!

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            • #7
              This thread is full of win.

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              • #8
                Great pics! Thanks for sharing!!!
                An Italian dweller of the Low Countries, who tries hard to ski the world in spite of his present location.

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                • #9
                  Sno-bology…cool gig. Good looking bowls under the distant peaks in the third pic.

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                  • #10
                    Great TR...Amazing Pix..Thanks!

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                    • #11
                      Wow, great pics! I can feel the cold. Amazed you could get photos.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by elinck View Post
                        I'm spending the winter as caretaker at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab in Gothic, Colorado, outside of Crested Butte.
                        Saw a presentation at a meeting in Gunnison this past spring that discussed using long-term observations and data collected at RMBL in science classrooms - looked pretty interesting. From my recollection, these data have been collected by billy barr for nearly/over 30 years and might make a good resource for studying climate change in alpine environments. Here's a link: http://www.digitalrmbl.org/p141.php?pageID=152

                        p.s., looks like a fabulous place to spend the winter!

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                        • #13
                          Beautiful, keep 'em coming!

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                          • #14
                            Thanks all!

                            See you on Snodgrass, MattB!

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                            • #15
                              Cool! Do you have to ski in to the lab in winter? (I don't know the area/road)

                              Nice pictures, I would love to see more updates through the season.

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