For over thirteen years, Hunter Mountain has been the backdrop for Mountain Jam. Nestled in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, Mountain Jam is a three-day, multi-stage event, featuring approximately 40 bands on three stages. This year features headliners Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Steve Miller Band, and The String Cheese Incident along with Peter Frampton, The Head and the Heart, Gary Clark, Jr, Michael Franti & Spearhead, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and so many more. Plus late night shows, activities for the kiddos, seminars, and other experiences throughout the festival. Join us on the mountain this June, and experience Mountain Jam! Written story by OR Brand Ambassador Mark Allen. An IFMGA guide, he spends winters in the San Juan Mountains of Silverton guiding ski, ice, and Level 1-2 AIARE hut based avalanche courses as a lead guide for San Juan Mountain Guides of Colorado. Check out his program list at The video was filmed and edited by OR athlete Mike Bromberg , also IFMGA certified as a guide. Mike splits his time between Crested Butte, Colorado,Chamonix, France and now is resident guide in Revelstoke BC with his company Mountain Pro.
The snow pack is technical. More, it is intriguing. To complicate matters there are six to seven micro climates in the San Juans that manipulate the weather. This is dependant on how the storm tracks into the range and how the mountains alter the air masses relative to the complex terrain. Telluride will get 15” and Silverton will accumulate 2” yet the towns are 12 miles apart as the crows fly. Truthfully, the opposite trend is typically the case, but Silverton wants Telluride to believe just what it needs to. The local wind effect here makes it difficult to find the stashes at first. The wind here is the most powerful factor. Large wind events will strip windward faces to the ground. The snowpack will be transported in its entirety to the leeward aspect. This all making perfect avalanche country.
So you can see that the month of May has been a busy one ~ from the time capsule ~ to evening rides ~ to Mother’s Day celebrations ~ and taking in a Lost in the 50s parade, along with working on clearing out our dead trees (always an ongoing job), that we are busting at the seams with joy for the delights of springtime in all its glory here.
The nature of this call-out is quite specific: it’s to the already aligned. It’s for people already seriously into their craft, a craft that fits with this project. If we’re planning to hit the territory of the sacred by the end of July, we really need people who started looking for it a few years back and think they are getting close. Why this is being done is a question for the writers, but it’s fairly clear how this is supposed to be done from an artistic point of view. We need to tap into style in the same way as the insular manuscript illuminators managed to. My way in has been graffiti, but there must be many more routes, from other cultures and traditions.
But it is impossible to ignore the massed evidence, standing at our national doorsteps, of fellow human beings who have had to flee their homelands at great personal risk, to seek a better life – the only life now possible for them. Under the best of circumstances, all they can hope for is to live as strangers in a strange land.