The Return to the Source

I have had an exceptionally busy last two weeks. I have pulled up my Bozeman roots and transplanted them in the quaint town of Gunnison, Colorado. This small, ranching town is home to Western State College, and is surrounded in 270 degrees by the Elk Mountains to the north, the Sawatch Range to the east, and the San Juan Mountains to the south. West of here lies Moab and the rest of the Southwestern Desert. The reason for the move? I have a job as a hydrologic technician with the Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest. I have the “burden” of surveying remote mountain wetlands, called fens, in the mountains surrounding me. While a job first attracted me, I was drawn by the easily accessed mountain biking and rock climbing only a 15 min bike ride away, as well as nearby Crested Butte and Monarch Ski Areas.

Thanks to all my friends, teachers, co-workers, acquaintances, complete strangers, and the general community of Bozeman, Montana. I have spent some of my best years there and it is a wonderful town surrounded by endless outdoor possibilities. I will frequently return to the area to visit friends and keep knocking some lines off my “hit-list”. It certainly is sad to leave.

Gallatin Valley from the Bridger Ridge

Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley from the top of the Bridger Range. Thanks Bozeman it was a good run.

I finally got a break from the onslaught of a new job and moving to get a short ski in on Independence Pass outside of Aspen. While the weather was less than cooperative and the snow was far from good, it was nice to take my mind off of the real world and get a lap of skiing in.

Sawatch Sunrise

It rained a good portion of the night, but cleared at dawn

It's nice to be back in 'rado

Fellow ex-Bozemanite, Ashley Bembenek, skins up Independence Peak outside of Aspen

Jon contemplating... something. Independence Pass

Ashley arcing a few nice turns in June

My little bro Jon Jay, skiing in June

The Ragged Range, a sub-range in the West Elks, plastered in June snow.