With the east coast covered in snow and a storm scheduled to hit the Rockies on Sunday, here are a few suggested articles and a video to keep you entertained if you’re hunkered down.  Enjoy!
  • ‘Unbranded’ Sheds Light on Wild Horse Issues in the West, Outside Magazine – I had not heard of this film before stumbling across this article, but I’m hoping to watch it in the coming weeks.  The article delves into many of the issues that I find interesting – adventure, ranches, political issues about western land – so I have high expectations for this film.
  • How Two Filmmakers Cracked the World’s Most Bizarre Trail Race, Outside Magazine – After reading the article above, I fell down the rabbit hole of linked sidebar stories and saw this one.  I love running long trail races, but the Barkley Marathons is crazy even by my skewed standards.  Also, I’m always intrigued when filmmakers can make running through the woods for 30+ hours interesting, so I’m excited to check out this film soon.
  • Stewardship with Vision, Western Landowners Alliance – Western Landowners Alliance is a cutting-edge organization and an excellent resource for all things related to ranches, land ownership, and issues in the West, and I highly suggest signing up for their email list.  They periodically release informative videos about their work, and this is the latest one.  Very well produced and informative.
  • Town Milk Put Tarboro on the Map, Our State Magazine – My wife came across this article from Our State Magazine, a great publication that focuses on unique, upbeat stories from our home state of North Carolina.  This one focuses on one particular aspect of my hometown of Tarboro and even has a quote from my grandfather, who was the longtime mayor and town doctor.
  • Why You Should be Talking About Work All Holiday Season, Ryan Holiday – One of my pet peeves is when I meet people who get annoyed when I ask them what they do for work.  Most of us spend at least half of our waking hours working, so why wouldn’t we want to talk about it?  Maybe their work is mind-numbingly boring, they’re no good at it, or possibly a combination of both.  Ryan Holiday, an extremely smart author and thinker, tackles the subject.
  • This is Your Brain on Nature, National Geographic – I’m a firm believer that spending time outdoors is good for everyone, whether you’re running 100 miles or simply sitting on a bench in a park.  Proximity to open space and nature is one of the main reasons I live here in Boulder, three blocks from the trails.  The article examines this idea in full NatGeo style, with a thorough analysis and stunning photos.
  • Deconstructing urgent vs. important, Seth Godin – Wisdom from Seth.

Go Broncos!  Go Panthers!

Head over to the Mountain Khakis blog to read my latest blog post “Fly Fishing Adventures in the Vail Valley,” where I discuss some of the unbelievably fun fishing on Hardscrabble Mountain Ranch.  As you’ll read, the ranch’s 2.5 miles of Brush Creek is some of the most coveted private water in the Vail Valley, and it has rarely been fished.  The combination of its healthy riparian ecosystem and lack of fishing pressure makes it a unique, productive, and fun brown trout fishery.

Fly Fishing Adventures in the Vail Valley

Also, if you haven’t already, check out the 4-minute video we produced about fishing on the ranch.  We follow a local guide as he fishes the creek for the first time and manages to snag a beautiful, nice-sized brown.

 

We just released our new video for Hardscrabble Mountain Ranch that focuses exclusively on the ranch’s private fishing.  It was a blast to film, and I think it came out well.  Enjoy!

Fly-Fishing on Brush Creek

 

I’m excited to finally release the new promotional video for Hardscrabble Mountain Ranch!  After two long days of filming, one crashed drone, dodging two intense lightening storms, and lots of false casts with my fly rod, the video is complete.  Special thanks to Will Fowler at Camera Head Media for all his hard work and artistry– I think the video tells the story of the ranch perfectly!

I’m very excited to announce my newest listing, the 1,516-acre Hardscrabble Mountain Ranch located just south of Eagle, Colorado.  It truly is a one-of-a-kind property: 2.5 miles of private fishing, trophy hunting, hay production, and adjoining BLM land, all located 7 miles from the Eagle County Airport and a short distance from Vail and Beaver Creek.

Head over to the Mirr Ranch Group website for all the details:

Hardscrabble Mountain Ranch

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Cover Shot!

Thanks to lots of wildflowers, a few horses, and a beautiful sunrise, one of my shots of Promontory Ranch scored the cover of Open Fence’s fall edition.

This past weekend, my wife and I spent a classic Colorado weekend in one of my favorite valleys in all of the American West – The Upper Arkansas River Valley.

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On Saturday night, we attended the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust’s (“CCALT”) annual Sunset BBQ.  This year the event was held on the historic Hutchinson Ranch, just outside of Salida, CO.  The Hutchinson Ranch has been owned by the same family since the 1860s (seven generations!) and was recently preserved by a CCALT conservation easement, ensuring that it will remain a rural working landscape in perpetuity.  Great people, excellent food, in a wonderful western setting.  For more info, head to the Mirr Ranch Group blog: Ranch Brokers Attend Conservation Events

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After the BBQ, we drove up the valley past Buena Vista, took a right up into the Sawatch Range via the Clear Creek drainage, and camped out for the night on the banks of Clear Creek.  The next morning, we began hiking up Missouri Gulch with the goal of summiting the 14,197-foot Mt. Belford.  Fall was definitely in the air as we ascended toward timberline, with some of the aspens already beginning to change.  There was some fresh snow above 13,000 feet, and it was chilly enough up top that we had to wear gloves, warm hats, and light jackets on the summit.  Despite the cooling temperatures, the valley floor was still green and lush with grass and wildflowers.

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Another perfect Colorado weekend that combined conservation, ranches, and time up high in the big mountains!

Promontory Ranch – Late Summer

Follow the link below to check out an album of some of my new photos from Crested Butte’s Promontory Ranch:

Promontory Ranch – Late Summer

Red Hill in Summer

Late last week, I stopped by the Red Hill Ranch to shoot a few new photos.  Despite it being mid-August, the ranch is surprisingly green and lush with deep grass and wildflowers.  Follow the link below to see some of the best photos from the day.

Red Hill Ranch – August 2014

Phantom Lake in Summer

Click below to check out an album of photos from my most recent trip to Phantom Lake Ranch:

Phantom Lake Ranch – Summer 2014