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Crédito total, rŌbert

Tim Lane relaxing in the Official INSTAAR Car (Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research) & also known as The Golden Calf, on Red Mountain Pass, December 18, 1980.  Not enough snow for skiing so we drove the passes recklessly in the Dodge Coronet 440 stolen from Richard & Betsy Armstrong during the drought winter of 1980-81. …. note the bald tires.

“The photo of the INSTAAR Dodge is
truely priceless !!   Alpine Scientific Bohemianism
from the road. Japhy Ryder weeps !” Burnie Arndt 

How sneaky of you & Tim to have taken the project vehicle without permission.. Betsy Armstrong

Betsy, Mark Udall.

A few years later I didn’t give Jerry and Tim permission to take/borrow an Outward Bound van for a night in Leadville. Somehow the van ended up in a snow bank in the middle of a lodgepole forest near the OB base camp…I reluctantly had to place Jerry and Tim on the “No Hire list”(eg i fired them) for awhile. We have laughed about it a number of times since. And early on in my OB when I wasn’t The Man (in the OB management team), I committed my share of possible No Hire offenses. Oh, youth. Happy Holidays. And I love that Jerry Roberts. Mark Udall 

Great photo.  Throughout the west the driest winter on record was 76-77.  Chris George called  me and said “Don’t cancel the course on RMP.  There is collapsing everywhere.”  The second driest year was 80-81.  Rod Newcomb

Jerry, that car should be gilded and put on display in Silverton’s town square.   Great photo!  Peter Lev


The early ’70’s were the Age of Enlightenment for a certain crowd of seekers and pilgrims.

Stir in a shot of Chogyam Trungpa  Rinpoche’s  Tibetan  Pisco and stand back ……!

Abuelo Wells wrote of another Right of Passage; Frank Buckley’s Eskimo Ski Club 

Winter Park Ski train….”sex, crime, fun, psychic trauma, it was all there”!

There were many paths taken back then.  All lead to Mountains…

Who said “the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom” ?


The Golden Calf is forever patrolling the grades and curves of Red Mountain Pass in my mind.

Whoever wrote “Phantom 309” for Red Sovine and Tom Waits should have written a “Golden Calf” song as well….

Wally Berg

NWS releases forecast for storm mid-October

Tim Lane giving instruction (very short) to Wilson

While a statewide snow forecast for Colorado is yet to be released on the National Weather Service website, the Grand Junction branch has tweeted out a map of the region they cover, showing an expected 24 inches of snow in some high elevation areas from October 22 through October 25, with widespread snowfall elsewhere.

The highest totals – up to 24 inches – are expected to land in the mountains found southwest of Aspen. Meanwhile, up to 18 inches of snow are expected in the San Juans near Telluride, the mountains near Steamboat Springs, and the mountains north of Glenwood Springs. Elsewhere in the Aspen area, 12 to 18 inches of snow are expected. While the recently released mapping doesn’t show the state’s central mountains and the Front Range, these regions have previously been forecasted as getting less snow.

Map: National Weather Service.

According to the National Weather Service, these numbers will continue to change as this storm system is still far away – moving out of the Bering Sea as of Wednesday night. To put that in perspective, that’s still about 3,000 miles from Colorado.

Previous reports have shown the heaviest snowfall landing on Sunday. Either way, it’s looking like cooler temperatures and high country snow are a safe bet.

Ann just before her retirement

NOAA releases winter weather outlook: How La Niña will impact your state


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(NEXSTAR) – The Climate Prediction Center’s official winter forecast has been released, and it splits the country in two: hot and dry down south, and a mystery up north. 

The 90-day-outlook was published Thursday morning by the Climate Prediction Center, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service. It gives people a rough idea of what November, December and January will look like across the country.

The forecast is heavily influenced by the presence of La Niña, which forecasters recently said was 75% likely to stick around through the winter months. 

La Niña tends to split the country in half, bringing a dry winter to the southern half and a wetter winter to the northern half. 

You can see that pattern in the forecast map released Thursday (below): A band of dry conditions is expected from coast-to-coast, impacting the entire southern half of the U.S.

The south is in for a dry winter, while the Pacific Northwest could see extra rain and snow, NOAA forecasters predict. (Photo: NOAA)

While La Niña looks like it will bring bad news to the already drought-plagued southwest this winter, it’s a different story in the Pacific Northwest. La Niña winters tend to bring more precipitation, not less, to the region. 

The rest of the country is a bit of a mystery. Every state shown in white on the map above has equal chances of having above average precipitation and below average precipitation. Is never-ending La Niña the new normal? 

When it comes to temperature, it’s looking like it will be a warm winter this year for many states, according to the new NOAA outlook. The West, South and Northeast all have a good chance of above-average warmth between November and January.

The hottest conditions are expected in the southwest (Arizona, New Mexico and Texas). 

Much of the country is in for a warm winter, NOAA Predicts. (Photo: NOAA)

If forecasters’ predictions hold true, and La Niña sticks around through January, it’ll be the third La Niña winter in a row – a rare phenomenon we’ve only seen twice since 1950. However, new research suggests recurring La Niña years are growing more common due to climate change.

The Pisco Diaries Part II

The rŌbert bodega has been resupplied again with top shelf Pisco from Chile…

Colin Mitchell (red hoodie) brought numerous bottles to a tribal gathering last night.

L-R palapa table, Lynne Wolfe, Star, Mike & Karen Friedman, Colin, Annie and Paul, Dr Hackett.

Bottom, Lynn assisting head pearl-diver, Hackett and a Wolfe hug for lead host, rŌbert