100 Years and Counting
Glacier National Park is commemorating its centennial anniversary this month. Here’s the breakdown, by the numbers:
5.11.1910—Glacier officially established as a park
16,000—Square miles of protected land
350—National Historic registered places
131—Named lakes; more than 700 lakes, total
700—Miles of trails
2030—The year scientists predict above mentioned glaciers may disappear
0—The number of permits/licenses required to fly fish within park boundaries
World’s Biggest Beaver Dam
Outside—Biologists recently discovered a beaver dam in Alberta’s remote Wood Buffalo National Park, stretching for more than half a mile and visible from space, according to backpacker.com. Scientists think the beavers spent over 20 years building their palatial digs from sticks, rocks, and mud, and several generations have used it as a comfortable home. Biologists working in the park found the beaver dam by accident while trolling Google Earth, proving the site is a more productive waste of time than the Dancing Cat Page.
Hunting Haute Couture
Finally, hunting goes fashion forward. Woolrich Woolen Mills nails the look, with its hunting noir themed collection: “F/W 2010 is robust and deep, while extremely dark and brooding thanks to the heavy use of midnight blue, black and unwashed fabrics. It’s probably the best instance of refined ruggedness that I have ever seen presented—talk about a difficult quality to actually execute.”
Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.