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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-09-2021, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Default Winter Notes from Yellowstone's Winterkeeper

I came across a compilation of some wonderful columns in Mountain Journal by Stephen Fuller, winterkeeper in Yellowstone NP for more than 45 years. He is also a stupendous photographer. So there are photos from an earlier era when less of Yellowstone was off-limits and your nearest neighbor in winter was 40 miles away. It's not a life for
everybody, but he thrived and raised a family there while his daughters were still young (the daughters and wife removed to the nearest village for schooling).

https://mountainjournal.org/steve-fu...-in-wonderland
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Thanks for posting...his photographs are great.
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That's great stuff. Just flipped photos but will come back to read.

CT is mostly about Canada outdoors, but there are amazing parks down south too. Was in Yellowstone only once, just single day, want to come back one year & spend a week exloring in detail.

Thank you for sharing this
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Thanks for looking!

There are still traditions in USA that linger on, such as human fire observers spending the summer in lookouts, and possibly still some winterkeepers; Glacier NP had a winterkeeper at Many Glacier some time in the past decade.
It seems the main function of winterkeepers is to try to keep expensive buildings running that lack adequate capability to get themselves through the winter - fragile roofs or insufficient insulation.
I am wondering whether Canada also has such a tradition?

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I was in Yellowstone this past September, and the visitation is well above the park's carrying capacity. That has happened pretty much across the board with US parks, with a very big spike in the COVID era. Very isolated areas, such as Two Mirror Plateau and other places mentioned in ranger Michael Yochim's Essential Yellowstone, might still offer intrigue, and certainly the areas around, such as Beartooths and the Winds, are distinctly less populated.
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