Archive of: Mountain Echoes

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October Issue 2 2013

Healthy lifestyles not rewarded under current system

Sir Edmund Hillary, Bradford Washburn, Fred Beckey and Yuichiro Miura. What do these people have in common? They’re all famous mountaineers. What else? They all lived (Beckey and Miura are still alive) past age 80 — primarily because of excellent physical conditioning acquired through a lifetime of rigorous physical exercise.

Gunsight climb includes lesson in preparation October Issue 1 2013

Gunsight climb includes lesson in preparation

With a few inches of new snow above 3,000 feet, my annual autumn climb up Gunsight Mountain on Sept. 20 quickly became more of a winter climb, as I paused to take some photos of Dall sheep that browsed on grass just below the snowline. I’ve seen them at nearly the same location on other hikes and in typical fashion, they grew nervous by my presence and made a quick disappearing act into Glacier Fan Creek Canyon.

September Issue 4 2013

Poems stir reflections on hope, preciousness of life

Not long ago, I wrote a short poem about a bird and emailed it to Tom Sexton, a recognized Alaskan poet. He replied with his own poem, also about a bird, that he’d written a day earlier.

September Issue 2 2013

Time: A precious commodity

When we average current male and female expected lifespans in the U.S, 78 years is roughly how long we can expect to live. That gives us 28,470 days, which on the face of it seems quite ample.

Our job landscape is quickly changing September Issue 1 2013

Our job landscape is quickly changing

Watching the garbage truck’s mechanized arms grab and raise my fully loaded plastic garbage can off the street, hungrily ingesting its contents, I thought about a winter long ago when I was a “swamper” on the back of one of those trucks — a job that like so many jobs in today’s automated world is now obsolete.

How important is the lawn in the grand scheme of things? August Issue 5 2013

How important is the lawn in the grand scheme of things?

After thatching and raking, with a glorious summer of sunshine and repeated rounds of fertilizer, lime and water, with special application of “Weed-Be-Gone” to eliminate invasive culprits, plus frequent mowing and trimming, my lawn still doesn’t look as good as some of my neighbors. But I keep trying.

Blueberries are in season August Issue 4 2013

Blueberries are in season

They’re round and blue, juicy and rather tart — and they’re back — our blueberries that we’ve missed for more than two years!

Eagle River Area Rotary: A steady, unswerving force for good August Issue 3 2013

Eagle River Area Rotary: A steady, unswerving force for good

Quietly, without much fanfare, about four dozen Eagle River area folks are devoting part of their lives to improving the lives of others — not only here in Eagle River — but in far-flung areas across the world.

Are we going to the dogs? August Issue 2 2013

Are we going to the dogs?

I used to think that cockroaches and furniture hawker Ted Sadler would be the only creatures left alive after a nuclear holocaust or horrible natural disaster. But I’m beginning to think dogs, those canine friends of ours, might claim that distinction.