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    On the Cusp

    Posted on May 19, 2014 by in Off Camber

    We perch on the cusp of summer, about to fall. In the last three days, my crab apple tree moved from bare to fully leaved. Little purple fresh leaves seemingly from nothing. As always in this late spring, I wonder at the colors. The apple blossoms on the back yard tree. The sharp green of […]

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    And this is Spring

    Posted on April 22, 2014 by in Off Camber

    I woke this morning to a hard rain turning harder–into graupel or soft hail. The splash of rain changed to the hard tap tap tap of the graupel. Visibility dropped to a block or less in the falling graupel. Jumping in the shower before going to work, I stepped out to sunshine, Blue skies pushed […]

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    And the Fat Lady Sang

    Posted on April 15, 2014 by in Off Camber

    On a glorious Sunday in April the Fat Lady sang at FAR with the background vocals and chorus supplied by the Good Old Goats. There were brave (brave, but completely mis-guided) folks supposedly trying to skim across the splash post at the bottom of Moose Chutes. Most of the competitors detonated in the splash aspect […]

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    Avi Roulette

    Posted on March 5, 2014 by in Off Camber

    By Keith Liggett A friend spent three days last week flying around the surrounding valleys making a mid-winter wildlife count. As the helicopter followed two mule deer on a ridge high in the upper Elk Valley, the deer kicked off two large rocks. The rocks dropped off the cliff below the ridge, plopped into the […]

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    The REAL Griz Days

    Posted on January 12, 2014 by in Off Camber

    Thursday Jan 9th at 7AM, checking the Griz at the top of the Bear, 28cm’s of snow overnight. Most of the Griz lay buried under the fresh snow. Just the eyebrows and the hat peaked out from the piled up white stuff. The official FAR ski report claimed big powder day 13cm. Up at the […]

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    Wiley Coyote Again.

    Posted on October 10, 2013 by in Off Camber

    Growing up on the Roadrunner cartoons affected a whole generation and a half. It was OK to blow someone up with Acme Dynamite. Acme Catapults were perfect for throwing things long distances. And so on. There was no PC. And there was good ol’ violence. Violence after a fashion, since most was self-inflicted by/on Wiley […]

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    Where the Wild Things Roam.

    Posted on September 22, 2013 by in Off Camber

    Driving away from my house a couple days ago, I scared a young black bear out of my neighbor’s apple tree. Jumping down to the lawn, he (or she) loped off into the close by woods in that silky distinctive manner of all bears. Several years ago, the first post on my personal blog was […]

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    A blight on our Landscape. An Insult to our Intelligence.

    Posted on August 11, 2013 by in Off Camber

    As I drive out of Fernie toward Cranbrook, I am reminded of a Gary Larson cartoon. The road is lined with crude signs. White painted quarter sheets of plywood with crude lettering staked to rebar poles delineate various seafood options ahead. Candied Sox-I. Scallops. Prawns. And so on. In the Gary Larson cartoon a dog […]

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    A Long Walk Home to Fernie

    Posted on June 23, 2013 by in Off Camber

    The phone rang mid-morning a couple days ago. It was Sean Staplin. “Hey.” “Hey yourself. Where are you?” “Just about to start up Mt Elbert. Spent the night in Twin Lakes.” We talk a little more and I feel a pang of jealousy. My old stomping grounds. For most of 20 years, I scrambled around […]

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    What’s Left of Spring

    Posted on May 25, 2013 by in Off Camber

    The six weeks since the ski hill closed have been weeks of ease. Very little rain. Warm. Not long after the lifts wend dead, I started looking for shorts and forgot I even owned socks. The river’s high, but not scary high. It’s running just right to keep it all in the banks. Folks have […]

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