Framing crew working in blizzard at Beaver Run.
Framing crew working in blizzard at Beaver Run.

I’ve always been fascinated with the grandeur of the mountain regions and vacationed there much of my youth. I figured out early in life that’s where I wanted to be. But what I didn’t understand was, what it would take to survive and work at 10,000 feet. Look into this unique lifestyle by following the stories of those who have.

Grandma Builds an Earthship

https://vimeo.com/106468411 An award winning documentary (video trailer below) of a 67-year-old grandmother building her totally off-the-grid home. Pascha actually dug the trenches, placed the timbers, wired the outlets, milled the cabinets and trawled the walls of her Earthship. Pascha’s 12-year pioneering effort fought through a mountain of regulatory barriers to bring alternative (nonstandard) construction methods

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Survival at Sierra Madre

The Arvada Rotory Club held a number of eye-glass and medical clinics in Guachochi, a 8,000 foot high community in Mexico. I went along and made a documentary titled Medical Flights to Sierra Madre. Each trip had its own personality and lots of adventure. One winter I had a lifetime experience and it made a

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President Gerald Ford

Ski country is packed with visiting celebrities, astronauts, famous scientists, politicians and other high-achieving-type individuals. Many have homes in Colorado high country. When Gerald Ford became Vice President, the local press was used to celebrities and didn’t overly hype their part-time resident’s climb to political power. When President Ford took office, Vail handled the notoriety

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Carl Fultone – Mining in the 1800’s

Montezume ghost town mining site     There are numerous old mining structures and cabins through out the Rockies. Communities first began in the high Colorado mountains as a result of the gold rush in the 1800s. Some of the dwellings and mines still stand as a reminder of those first venturing out at 10,000 feet.

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Lady Carpenter

Lady Carpenter Jaime digging footers in a condo garage     I’ve met numerous people who live in the many old miner cabins through out the county, similar to Harold’s or Carl Fulton’s. Often I refer to these people as “the cabin people.” Their lives are as colorful and unique as the miner’s during the gold

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Father John

Father Kaufman at his placer mine; 1984     Our local Catholic Minister can relate to the locals because he’s out doing the same things we do. He builds homes and carries a carpenters belt with the best of them. His adaptation to the mountain environment reminds me of the historically famous ‘Father Dyer.’ (Father Dyer’s

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Sheri Zepplin

Anna Day Heiser (Sheri Zepplin) in her home.     Bob Bennett, Sheri Zepplin and I all went to CU during the same period. Sheri married a successful attorney and eventually moved next to the Breckenridge ski area. While going through a divorce, she decided to build her own home next door to my home. The

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Melissa – Teenage Wrangler

Melissa Kuwahara in her teens.     Melissa moved with us up to Breckenridge when she was a toddler. I got her on skis before she turned three years old. She began talking at an early age and would turn the heads of many a passerby, when they heard this two year old talking like a

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