Snowshoeing With Bob Anderson in Rocky Mountains

Yesterday I got up at 2:30 AM to catch a 6 AM Southwest flight to Colorado to visit my longtime friends Bob and Jean Anderson at their home in a small town near Colorado Springs. They are the authors of our best-selling book Stretching and the purpose of my visit was to work on our forthcoming 30th anniversary edition of the book. Their home is on the eastern edge of the Rockies, where the mountain range tapers down into the plains going toward Kansas. Bob is a mountain runner, cyclist, hiker, snowshoer and explorer, and spends maybe 10-15 hours a week in the mountains. Each time I visit, we go out in the mountains for a workout. We invariably stay way longer than I would on my own, and it’s always an exhilarating experience. Yesterday an hour after I arrived we went out snowshoeing (my first time) in the powder snow along with Bob’s dog Martin. The terrain in the photo at left is a lot steeper than it looks. Bob took me along secret trails, pointing out mountain lion tracks in the snow.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

One Response to Snowshoeing With Bob Anderson in Rocky Mountains

  1. Just spent an hour curled up with "HomeWork" – truly one of my favorite books of all time. I spent years living in Santa Cruz before the high cost of living there led us to sell off just about everything and move up to British Columbia, so a lot of the pictures in that book feel very familiar to me.

    We've been fixing up houses and selling them since we got here four years ago, but I keep waiting for the day we build something "real". I keep going through our stuff – culling it and culling it so that when the time comes to chuck it all again for the next adventure I'll be ready.

    I came on the internet to see if you'd put out a new book yet and found your blog. I'm glad to see it – I'll certainly be checking back often.

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