Ron Belak, RMOWP member from Evergreen, Colorado, has announced the recent publication of his book, Fly Fishing Colorado’s Backcountry.
By Peter Kummerfeldt
A number of you have expressed concerns regarding the impact of the altitude when you travel to Estes Park later this year. The town sits at 7500 feet above sea level and should you wish to explore Rocky Mountain National Park you could find yourself on Trail Ridge Road crossing the Rocky Mountain divide at over 12,000 feet. The air gets a lot “thinner” up there! Not to worry – you can still attend the conference and have an enjoyable time if you attend to a couple of suggestions from those of us that live here.Continue reading
Text & photos by Richard Holmes
I felt it coming on the evening before, an unexplained restlessness. A familiar stirring. I realized then what it was. I needed an altitude fix––by hiking. I had to climb something.
by Ian King
You’re headed due north on the high desert floor, flat as a pancake, the endless sagebrush passing by as if part of the background scenery in an endlessly looping cartoon strip. It’s not just “desert dry” here in the high mountains; there’s been a severe drought out this way recently, adding insult to injury, or for some species, for some flora, it’s led to a new opportunity amongst the survival of the fittest, as the least well-adapted drop by the wayside, fodder for nature’s Grim Reaper. It looks very much like death stalks the land, but there’s life—stubborn, defiant life, no matter how dormant or slow-moving or desiccated it may appear to the untutored eye. New life, new growth, awaits hidden behind scaly bark or buried in the sand deep enough to find succor in the surprising dampness the water table, seeping close to the surface, still providentially offers up.Continue reading
Text & photos by John Hanou
There are innumerable ways to time a photo.
Many photographers want to capture the “The Decisive Moment,” coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson nearly a hundred years ago. While this is great, I’ve taken it in a slower way.Continue reading
RMOWP member Laurie Ford, from Glenwood, New Mexico, was awarded Best of Show in the Grant County Art Guild’s 33rd annual purchase prize contest. The contest, with the theme “The Enduring West,” was open to all New Mexico artists, and the 44 entries included a variety of mediums ranging from oil paintings and acrylics to watercolors and drawings.Continue reading
By Peter Kummerfeldt
Surviving a wilderness emergency begins with a recognition that somewhere, sometime you might have to spend an unplanned (not unexpected) night or two out in the backcountry. Unfortunately, the majority of people believe that it will always be someone else who is thrown from a horse; someone else who becomes the lone survivor of an aircraft accident; someone else whose car slides off of the road and they end up having to survive in the car until rescued; someone else who gets lost after taking the wrong turn in the trail when returning from an evening photo shoot. That “someone else” is in fact each one of us! Survival experiences can occur anywhere and often occur when we least expect to find ourselves in trouble – when we are least prepared to cope!Continue reading
Next year’s RMOWP conference is planned in Estes Park, Colorado in September 2019, with an eye on exploring nearby Rocky Mountain National Park. Dates are Monday afternoon through Thursday evening, September 9 to 12. Continue reading
Don Laine —
The weather was fine and the fall colors even better for RMOWP’s 45th annual conference, with 50 members and guests gathering at conference headquarters in the southern Colorado community of Alamosa. Continue reading
By Don Laine
Those planning to come to RMOWP’s 2018 conference September 23-26 need to know about a change in time for the guided field trip into Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Continue reading