Lean downriver

By Chris Bates Amazingly, they escaped unscathed, but both of them could have easily been killed. My brother Scott and our friend Brian encountered the power of a swollen river firsthand. The...

Walking and serving

By Chris Bates We rarely if ever consider one primary thing that Jesus’ disciples did perhaps more than anything: They walked. Several of them walked up to Jesus on the shore when He called them....

We gotta move

By Chris Bates The Maroon Bells peaks provide some of the most majestic views in the Rocky Mountain range.  At over 14,000 feet, they are truly breathtaking from below, and are daunting and...

The journey of mind, body, and spirit

By Chris Bates We had far too little rain prior to duck season this year, as has been the case many times. The main challenge this presents on our land is that in areas where we normally can boat...
Working dog leadership

Outside In – Working dog leadership

By Chris Bates There are few things as intense and impressive as a working dog in the outdoors. On one opening day, my black Labrador retriever turned to me with that intense gaze to see which...

OUTSIDE IN – The bear within

By Chris Bates   While I have not stood close to a grizzly bear, I have encountered them in a couple of different settings. Needless to say, they are to be feared and respected. They have...

OUTSIDE IN — What do you have to give?

By CHRIS BATES        My buddy and I had spent countless early mornings fishing together. One weekend morning, we met about 30 minutes before dawn for coffee on the pier. It was nice to sit and...

OUTSIDE IN — The indelible visuals

By CHRIS BATES          We watched a grizzly bear and her two cubs devour an elk carcass. Granted, it was from a significant distance through a spotting scope, but the refuge was indelibly...

OUTSIDE IN — Seasons of life

By CHRIS BATES          Nature’s transitions are remarkable. The harsh bite of winter will test your body and senses when hiking to 12,000 feet in the snow. There is a window in my house...

OUTSIDE IN — An image of you

By CHRIS BATES          I was about to become a teenager the first time I visited the Teton mountains. My family took a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, just after Christmas that year. We...

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