Rocky Mountain fires leave telltale ash layers in nearby lakes like this one. Philip Higuera What the extreme fire seasons of 1910 and 2020 – and 2,500 years of forest history – tell us about the future of wildfires in the West Kyra Clark-Wolf, University of Colorado Boulder and Philip Higuera, University of Montana Strong winds … Continue reading 2,500 Years of Forest History
Welcome to my annual refresher about Backcountry Avalanche Awareness 2023/2024. I am no subject matter expert, but Stella and I are always eager to explore new terrain in search of an off-the-beaten-path adventure. Thus, when you leave the cozy confines of the groomed trails at the ski resorts/nordic centers, you must understand your environment and … Continue reading Backcountry Avalanche Awareness 2023/2024
A day fighting wildfires can require as much endurance as riding the Tour de France Ruby Mountain hotshots construct a fire line during the Dixie Fire in 2021. Joe Bradshaw/BLM Brent C. Ruby, University of Montana For three weeks in July, the world’s most elite bike racers climb steep mountains and sprint along historic cobblestones to … Continue reading Yellow Jerseys of the Fireline:
Lake McDonald is the crown jewel of Glacier National Park. Located on the western side of the national park, Lake McDonald is a cannot miss destination as the Going-to-the-Sun Road parallels the eastern shore. Lake McDonald is renowned for its colorful rocks that formed over millions of years. Read more about our Great Montana Adventure.
Some of you may be wondering why BaseCamp@GrandLake has not posted anything for winter adventures, especially considering the abundance of snow. Normally, we travel extensively in the winter but this season has been quite different. We have only taken one winter trip thus far, to Jackson Hole the week prior to Christmas, and it ended … Continue reading 2023 Winter Adventures: What’s Going On?
We purchased our Micro Minnie FLX Spring of 2022, and we were looking forward to our first long trip to northern Idaho that summer, which would be our first time vacationing with a travel trailer. In anticipation, we bought the Beech Lane Camper Levelers and the LogicBlue Technology LevelMatePro. Prior to the summer vacation, we … Continue reading Micro Minnie FLX: On Level Ground
For the last three years, Larry and I had expressed interest in taking a summer trip to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. But the breadth of this adventure evolved into so much more than we had anticipated as we began planning it in March 2022 while in Aspen. It eventually tied in with the purchase of our … Continue reading Idaho Panhandle~Canada Adventure