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Mid way through winter, our season was gone in the PNW. With a strong determination to stay off Jet planes, we searched for the nearest location with good snow. The forecast in Montana was looking good and we set our sights on big sky country, a place with infinite mountain access by snowmobiles and man power. By keeping track of the fuel we consumed on our sleds, We would have more of an idea of how we were effecting the world around us.. One of the biggest challenges we have seen is the outlook on sustainable thinking. I drive a car, I create trash, I consume endless products, therefore I can’t care about the planet and how my actions are effecting the world around me. What we were beginning to see on this trip was that the smallest of actions have huge results. Just being aware of the fuel quantity consumed is a major step. Doubling on a sled, car pooling, or choosing not to fly. These positive actions are the inception to create a sustainable relationship with the planet. We had an amazing crew of friends come together in Montana and we finally got some good snow under our feet. Finding a balance between extremes, we were walking The Middle Path – Ian Wood



Colin Balke is a content editor for who lives in Northern California. When not plucking away on a keyboard, he can be found splitboarding, camping, backpacking, or hanging out with family and friends.