Monday, February 18, 2008

Movie Feature: Robert Redford on the Red Rock Wilderness Act

Utah... for those that are familiar with its scarred and chrimson landscape, it conjours up emotional images of pristine emptiness, dimpled and sculpted sandstone surfaces, and the contrasts between dark sky blues and deep ruddy reds. The following video is a sanguine reflection on these elemental features and why they are so important to America...

The movie is part reverence for the desert lands of Utah, and part advertisement for the Red Rock Wilderness Act. The proposed act would preserve more than 9.5 million acres of already wilderness-quality BLM lands inside Utah... probably not a bad idea. I rarely espouse on political issues on this blog but this one is near and dear to the heart so I thought i'd say a few things...

While I believe wilderness is essential to America in numerous ways, I have a love/hate relationship with it. I, like many, value wild lands and am continualy thank full for their existance, but I do wish they were open to mountain bikes. I know, I know, controversial for sure but allow me just a few moments to opine... I concede that opening the wild lands to mtb'ers would surely bring about change to "wilderness." However, this change is perhaps nothing more than a nod to humanity's current state of affairs. Fewer and fewer people care for and ride horses in the 21st century (more on this...) while more and more people still desire the experience of wilderness. MTB's are just the latest tool of transportation that could so easily enable the people of America... the world really... to continue to expereince these national treasures. Additionally, as we carry on into this "century of scarcity" the wild lands and the people who protect them will need to build ally's with a greater audience of enthusiastes who will stand beside them in support when times and politics are tough for these sacred places. The Wilderness Society and Sierra Club members need IMBA members just as much as the reverse. Only through cooperation and focus can the currently divided interests unite and create a better chance at saving these places together. So, overall, I do support this initiative, but I also think its time to update our access to the lands we're all trying to protect...

K, thanks for reading as always!

Picture of the (Interval)

This (interval)'s picture was taken during my last trip to Loveland Ski Area. Which incidentally was recently awarded best local's (Denver, CO locals I imagine) ski area (and no I can't remember my source...bad!) The pic was shot while traveling westbound up chair #2 which for those of you who aren't familiar, traverses over southbound lift chair #6. I always look forward to the brief moment the two suspended paths silently cross and I am afforded a rarely privileged view of brother and sister snow riders from above.

Enjoi and have a great... (interval).
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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Kind Powder Interlude: Loveland's Federal Reserve!

Since the title of this blog is afterall "Kind Powder" and given that I am well past due with the 3rd post in the Colorado Trails website review, I thought it was high time for a powdery interlude! This pic was taken just days ago up on the Continental Divide up somewhere near 13,000' elevation and behind Lift 8. I believe the run is adjacent to the "Federal Reserve" runs. The snow was truly steep and deep and was WELL worth the 45 minute access hike.
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