a tune… a haiku… an infrared loop


you gotta get up in the morning and tie your shoes … .


There are times you think you’re over it, retired, unemployed – doesn’t matter – sometimes thinking about the campo Santo. Then someone rings you up and asks if you are interested in a project. “Only if it’s interesting.”

This past January-March I got a job: Providing weather forecasts for Quentin Tarantino’s feature film The Hateful 8, filmed near Telluride, Colorado. After the spring dust settled, I circled the wagons with a few of my buddies and formed a weather forecasting/consulting group for the motion picture and television industry. Thanks to my wife Lisa’s artistic and technical skills, plus wordsmithing by Mike Friedman and Rōbert, we put together a cool website to represent the Boys Club. Please take a look and enjoy. MountainWeatherMasters.com

Jerry Roberts

Throwback Thursday — San Juans, Denali and Elks, 1980s and 1970s ~ WildSnow

I was digging through the archives (scanner practice!) and found a few photos you might find amusing.


Tim Lane and friends near Velocity (Storm) Peak, Silverton, Colorado. That’s Keith Daniels taking his skin off to the right. I was pretty amused by his getup, onesie Carhartts and surplus army goggles that were probably manufactured in 1942. He skied like a wildman, would easily have made the grade for a TGR straightline segment. Lois McKinsey right foreground. Weezie Chandler (Tim’s girlfriend from another time in history) and Tim’s dog Cholo de Portillo in the background.  Thank you Jerry Roberts for the historical help. Photo from the early 80’s (nineteen).


I’ve hit the Silverton, Colorado area (see yesterday’s post) regularly over the years (though less now that we’ve got our WildSnow Field HQ so styled out). Back in 1983 not a whole lot of people were ski touring the San Juans, but the sport did exist for a hearty few. At the time, Tim Lane (known for his years of avalanche safety work down in Portillo) was working for the Colorado highway department doing avalanche evaluation on Red Mountain Pass. I was living in Crested Butte on and off, and would head over to the San Juans to meet up with Tim and others such as Jerry Roberts to partake in the abundant alpine ski touring the area is now famous for. I climbed Denali with Tim in 1972, and when I went back to ski Denali in 2010 thoughts of Tim kept popping up in my mind. Out of the nine guys on our 1973 trip he probably had the hardest time, eventually suffering serious frostbite on his feet that nowadays would have been a mandatory heli evac. But we didn’t have a radio or any other means of emergency communication, so Tim skied and walked out the Muldrow Glacier to Wonder Lake with the rest of us. He even kept his skis instead of tossing them into the bushes after we ran out of food and tried to lighten our packs. Hardcore.


I dug up this photo of Tim Lane, Denali Muldrow Glacier route, 1973. The shot was taken by the late Robert Pimental, one of the individuals (pilot) who died in the 1984 plane crash commemorated by the Friends Hut out of Crested Butte, Colorado.



ALL THAT JAZZ by Jerry Oyama

Each encounter I have with Jerry O, usually to wander around the mountains, I come away with something new, a different way of looking at the world.  Dialogue shared on books, film, art, music or old bars like the Family Dog in Berkeley (where we both spent time watching New Riders of the Purple Sage or some other Bay area band)…  I depart wondering how someone becomes so creative? I had a conversation with mountain roshi, Peter Shelton, and he offered; “It’s amazing to me how Jerry, a wonderfully gifted sculptor that works in 3D, can produce such beautiful paintings in 2D after a single painting class.” Local painter extraordinaire, Susie Billings called Jerry O’s paintings “Inspired!”

Each painting was produced in an afternoon studio session at The Ah Haa School of Art. – J.R


In the ceramics studio at Berkeley, the spirit of misrule reigned. Under the cigar chomping, whiskey-swilling tutelage of Peter Voulkos, we were continually challenged to push out beyond conventional notions of what is beautiful. “Death & Dump Ware” was the result of having to make a teapot in under two minutes. Art & aesthetics discussion was ignored; making stuff was the only thing that mattered.  “You might try a little something here”, wasdetailed feedback.

With Robert Weatherford at Ah Haa we have been similarly urged to push against our notions of beauty, discard our need for control, challenge our academic preconceptions, upset the apple cart of Art and maybe find our authentic voice.

Good fun. I’m often reminded of Henry Miller’s suggestion to “Paint as you like & die happy”. As for subject matter, the sign in English on a Japanese music store in Nihonmatsu, “Music is Vitamin of the Heart”, pretty much sums it up.

– Jerry Oyama 2013



To view Jerry’s entire series  ALL THAT JAZZ  please follow this link 


NEW PAINTINGS BY JERRY OYAMA ~ AUGUST 6TH OPENING AT BAKED IN TELLURIDE ~ TONIGHT ~ “Jerry is one of the two hottest artists in Ophir, his wife Allyn is the other..”






Bean Bowers ~ July 10, 2011 ~ Salud!

bean_pic_26_21 Four years ago brother Bean took another path. He died a month short of his 38th birthday. We think of you often and miss you.


Jerry: To see photos of Bean and George side by side at the top of your report is a nice reminder…..of many things, very good people, good times and memories, impermanence and endurance. Thanks….Dick Dorworth

extreme living at Desperado Estates


8 new additions to Higdon/Hackett animal farm


Khata, the proud mom displays her new offspring, all with white tips on their tails.

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ Shot in Rare 65 MM, Will Look Best in 50 Lucky Theaters

‘The Hateful Eight’ was shot on location in Telluride, Colo.  I had the good fortune to work as “the forecaster to the stars” providing daily weather forecasts this past January ~ March for the production crew during their stay in the San Juans..  The film technique used for ‘The Hateful Eight’ sounds unique..  Rōbert



Kurt Russell and Samuel L. Jackson in ‘The Hateful Eight’ (TWC)

by Carolyn Giardina

Test footage from Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight — photographed by two-time Oscar winner Robert Richardson — received enthusiastic applause when it was projected in 70mm anamorphic film for a full house at the Paramount Theater on Saturday at Cine Gear Expo, which is being held on the Paramount lot.

“He really wants to get people back into theaters. You’re not going to get this [at home]. He did something really great to bring that [experience] back,” Panavision’s vp of optical engineering Dan Sasaki said of Tarantino, a vocal film proponent. “Quentin wanted an epic Western, something that hasn’t been seen in forever, that would really wow people. [When he saw this test,] he started bouncing in his seat.”

The test footage included actor close-ups, as well as interiors and a range of exteriors at different times of day and with varying lighting conditions.

While not confirmed by Panavision during the session, word on the street is that plans are underway to equip roughly 50 U.S. theaters to show the movie in 70mm film. Work is also being done to find the most precise way to create a digital version for digital cinema release.

Currently in post, Hateful Eight was lensed on 65mm negative and is believed to be the first production since 1966’s Khartoum to use Ultra Panavision 70 anamorphic lenses. Sasaki related that Richardson came to Panavision looking for something different, and when he saw the look created by these lenses, he said, “This is it.”

This led to an enormous effort at Panavision, which reworked 19 of these classic lenses for the production in just a few months. (Incidentally, these lenses are expected to next be used for Star Wars Anthology: Rogue Oneby cinematographer Greig Fraser.)

Since Tarantino and Richardson wanted long takes in Hateful Eight, Panavision also developed a 2,000-ft. magazine for the film cameras. Kodak, the film supplier, and Fotokem, the lab, were also involved in this effort.

The Hateful Eight was shot on location in Telluride, Colo., as well as on stage at Red Studios.

perro viejo reuniendo ~ una celebración feliz


                           Billy Roos, Barb Wheeler, Wally Berg


Matt Wells  

IMG_2856Don Frank Coffey, Don Rōbert, Mike Friedman, Mark Udall

photo 5   Don Mateo Wells, Wally Berg, Denny Hogan, Andy Wilson ~ Barb Wheeler, Rōbert, Billy Roos, Frank Coffey                                            


Billy Roos & Janet Miller


feliz cumpleaños ~ Mark Udall and Denny Hogan

Old dogs from a long time ago rendezvoused for ~a tribal gathering~ at Desperado Estates over the weekend.. A few of the attendees hadn’t seen one another in several decades.

Mighty Rio Grande Now a Trickle Under Siege

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FABENS, Tex. — On maps, the mighty Rio Grande meanders 1,900 miles, from southern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico. But on the ground, farms and cities drink all but a trickle before it reaches the canal that irrigates Bobby Skov’s farm outside El Paso, hundreds of miles from the gulf.

Now, shriveled by the historic drought that has consumed California and most of the Southwest, that trickle has become a moist breath.

“It’s been progressively worse” since the early 2000s, Mr. Skov said during a pickup-truck tour of his spread last week, but he said his farm would muddle through — if the trend did not continue. “The jury’s out on that,” he said.

Drought’s grip on California grabs all the headlines. But from Texas to Arizona to Colorado, the entire West is under siege by changing weather patterns that have shrunk snowpacks, raised temperatures, spurred evaporation and reduced reservoirs to record lows.

In a region that has replumbed entire river systems to build cities and farms where they would not otherwise flourish, the drought is a historic challenge, and perhaps an enduring one. Many scientists say this is the harbinger of the permanently drier and hotter West that global warming will deliver later this century. If so, the water-rationing order issued this month by Gov. Jerry Brown of California could be merely a sign of things to come.

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Pete Inglis killed in skiing accident in Alaska.

Very sad news,
Pete Inglis, Pi, long-time assistant Snow Safety Director for Telluride was killed yesterday by cornice fall while climbing in the St. Elias Range of Alaska.
sterbie (Craig Sterbenz)



Peter Inglis, a 20-year veteran for Telluride Adventure Guides, was killed on Wednesday after a cornice fall in the St. Elias Range, Alaska. Jaime Palmer, a well-known Telluride skier, stomped out the letters “PI” into a snowy face within the Bear Creek area yesterday as a tribute to Inglis. The Telluride legend was profiled by Taylor Van Roekel in the December 2013 issue of Backcountry, and now here.

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Inglis making turns down Heaven’s Eleven outside of Telluride in 2005. [Photo] Brett Schreckengost



A few years ago ~~~

Django in his youth with  G. Gardner



the other one always looks better……


little man in a boat



Shunryu Suzuki  “Life is like stepping into a boat that is about to set sail and sink”

rubber block carving by Rōbert

After a ski patroller’s death, a flurry of questions Forest Service permitting issues complicate a southwestern Colorado tragedy~~ by Jonathan Thompson

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It’s mid-December, grey and cold outside, the snow that should be here conspicuously missing. But inside the windowless U.S. District Court building in a Durango, Colorado, business park, there is no season, just beige walls illuminated by overhead fluorescents. Doug Sutton and a handful of friends and relatives stand around in the hallway outside the courtroom. Sutton, dressed in a tweed blazer, scarf and tattered, stained jeans, looks out of time and out of place. He also seems despondent, despite the fact that he arguably just won, if there could be a winner in such a situation.

A few minutes earlier, U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. West ordered Randall Davey Pitcher, the 52-year-old CEO of Wolf Creek Ski Area in southwestern Colorado, to pay a fine and serve probation for conducting search and rescue training and avalanche research without a permit on Forest Service land outside of the ski area last winter. It’s a petty offense and almost certainly would have gone unpenalized — except for a tragic circumstance. During one of the unauthorized training missions, 38-year-old Wolf Creek senior ski patroller and avalanche technician Colin Sutton, Doug’s son, had been swept away and killed by a large avalanche.

Pitcher not only lost a friend in Colin, but the charges and the resulting proceedings have also brought attention of an unwelcome kind. Pitcher has long been a darling of the media for taking a maverick approach to running his family’s tiny, unconventional ski area and resisting corporate glitz, for refusing to bet on real estate and teaming with environmentalists to beat back a Texas billionaire’s plan to build a small city adjacent to the ski slopes. Despite a reputation for high safety standards, Pitcher is now being portrayed, by Sutton and some media reports at least, as a maverick of a different sort: One who plays fast and loose with the rules, possibly endangering his colleagues.

~~~  A MUST READ  ~~~

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Local teen, Chance Ronemus presenting his climbs of El Cap and Half Dome ~~ A fundraiser for George Gardner Fund


~ George Gardner ~


George with a couple of young future ice climbers.  Russ, George & Kyle, 1993.

Learning avalanche and safety skills at the Silverton Avalanche School


Thanks to the George Gardner Scholarship Fund, I was able to have an amazing experience with the Silverton Avalanche School. I learned so much and am very humbled by the consequences of ignoring the dangers of the winter environment & not following proper protocol. I am much more confident because of the education, training and winter skills I gained at the avalanche school all because of a scholarship given to me by the GGSF.

img_0307The instructors at the Silverton Avalanche School were very experienced and knowledgeable which made the experience enjoyable and educational. The Back Country Access shovel, avalanche probe and avalanche transceiver given to me by the George Fund was extremely easy to use and reliable. The avalanche transceiver is simple and very effective in a search situation for a buried transceiver. We learned to use it by burying another beacon under the snow out of sight of our partner and searching for it with our own. The probe is a very useful tool for evaluating snow pack layers and for finding a buried body. The shovel is a very necessary tool to have for digging snow pits or recovering an unfortunate skier that is buried.

I am planning on taking a Level II course with the Silverton Avalanche School next winter because I think it would be a valuable class and make me a more competent and safe backcountry traveler.

Thank you George Fund so much for giving me the opportunity to attend this amazing class and begin learning the necessary winter skills to travel safely in the winter mountains.


A slap on the wrist ………………



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~ Wolf Creek owner fined, must do community service for permit violation ~


Django learning mindfulness & patience @ 6 months