The trees hold secrets.
Their roots beneath my feet, beneath the earth. That is where the truth is held. It’s the quiet whispers you can only hear when you stop to stand among the trees, among God’s greatest creation.
What did I see:
Life, death, wind, trees swaying, grinding one another
Death supporting Life, Life supporting Death,
new growth, new beginnings, foliage, earth floor with droppings
brush and flowers, birds, tree breaks, limbs on ground, flies, mosquitoes, ants, and bees
Aspens & Spruce (pine) growing together
untouched, natural, primitive; God’s creation
As beautiful as this last little bit of the hike has been, with the sun peaking its head out between the trees here and there, I see darkness between the tree lines. It made me reflect that it’s okay to head into the darkness. It showed me that as I walk through the beauty around me, I know what awaits in the darkness. I shouldn’t be afraid. What that brings up is that I’ve been in a ton of darkness, and I am not sure if I have ever allowed myself to see the positive of the suffering that has been endured. In some way or fashion, we all have had our onslaught of darkness and a steady variation of victories and defeats.
The holiday season is coming up, a time of joyous occasions yet a heavy addition of stress on our minds and body. Stress could precipitate from having to spend more money than we want to, or we may have to spend more time with people than we care to in the spirit of celebration, or sacrifice some of our normal routines to accommodate others or a plethora of other reasons.
It’s that time of year to start thinking even more about Vitamin D. The days are getting shorter, “cold season” is coming. But why? Why do I need it? What is Vitamin D, and how do I get it? Here’s a breakdown of this crucial nutrient.
HFV Completes its 10th Season
This year marks the 10th year of Huts for Vets serving our nation’s veterans, hosting six trips in the pristine White River National Forest in partnership with the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association. Our mission began as an experiment to combat veteran suicide, initially helping only male combat veterans. Since then, the mission expanded to encompass all US veterans regardless of combat experience or gender – as their service and sacrifices left them no less physically and psychologically wounded. We are honored to serve the men and women that answered the call to serve their country.
Bristlecone Mountain Sports & Faux Reel Films presents: It’s All Up Hill From Here, the John Seipel Story
February 24, 2022 @ TACAW Doors open at 5:30PM
Who: Bristlecone Mountain Sports, Faux Reel Films, Huts For Vets 10th Mountain Hut Association, Polar Star Inn, FastG8
What: Premier of “It’s All Up Hill From Here, The John Seipel Story” along with other short films related to Veterans and a couple HFV short films by Krysia Carter-Gietz
Where: The Art Center at Willits (TACAW) 400 Robinson St, Basalt, CO 81621
When: February 24, 2022 Doors open at 5:30 PM, Show at 6:30 PM
Why: To raise money for Huts For Vets and awareness of mental health issues that effect the RFV and beyond.
“It’s All Up Hill From Here” is a 24 min ski adventure about John Seipel, the outdoorsman that built 7 of the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association huts and redefined back country living. The story follows John, Shawn, Nick and the expedition team on a 8 day hut to hut backcountry ski tour. They revisit the past to determine the future in this once in a lifetime opportunity for adventure. Shot on location in Colorado’s wild places.
As the builder of the Polar Star Inn John innovated many hut designs and helped to pioneer the backcountry ski culture that prevails today. Faced with having to let that lifestyle go, John has to pass on his cabin in the woods. But who is worthy to carry the torch of the Polar Star Inn?