Nature’s Bounty – Big and Small Packages

Post by blogger | November 19, 2010      

I’m lowering myself down the mountainside off willow and oak branches like some guy in a military obstacle course. The bushwhack is rough. Once in a while I accidentally grab a rose bush. Thorns penetrate my thin gloves, running shocks up my arms like I’ve wrapped my hands around the bare end of a live electrical cable. The big elk is elusive, but when I look back up at one of the pricker bushes, I notice a number of perfectly freeze dried rose hips. I pop a few like a kid shoveling M&Ms from a Halloween candy dish. The berry has a tangy fresh taste. The fleshy exterior yields chewy goodness, with solid seeds inside that tell me I am not in a grocery store.

Rose hip tea for backcountry skiing.

Colorado winter rose hip. Click image to enlarge.


Please Enjoy A Few Suggested WildSnow Posts


7 Responses to “Nature’s Bounty – Big and Small Packages”

  1. Tom November 19th, 2010 2:49 pm

    Someone told me once rose hips are loaded with vitamin C – like more than an orange. Not sure if it’s true or not, but I always liked to believe it – especially since I don’t lug too many oranges around the woods.

    Bonus: Plus they make a fairly good substitute for chew in case you forget or lose yours.

  2. Lou November 19th, 2010 2:59 pm

    Tom, my understanding is just about any vegetable you pick and eat up in the mountains is loaded with vitamins, including C. For sure some things must have more than others, perhaps rose hips do, but it’s all incredible and worth taking the time to learn a bit about. I’m not a fanatic about it, but always go for miner’s lettuce salads in the summer, grab a few mushrooms now and then, stuff like that…

  3. snoman November 19th, 2010 8:14 pm

    yep – spot on!
    most things that grow in the mountains are full of vitamins and loaded also with minerals – apart from knowing about which are the scary mushrooms (very few) there’s not much you can’t eat and benefit from up there

    very nice writing btw

  4. Lou November 20th, 2010 5:51 am

    Snoman, thanks, yeah, I’ve been feeling like I need to stretch my writing muscles a bit. Have been scrambling to keep things going here on a time deficit, but that’s all calming down now so I’ll have more time for word smithing.

  5. Ryan J. November 20th, 2010 9:54 am

    There is little more fulfilling than tromping around our local mountains in search of the elusive Wapiti. Better luck next time. The rosehips are always good but I prefer the rasberries, when their in season.

  6. Lou November 21st, 2010 11:07 am

    Ryan, I’d agree about the rasberries…

  7. SteveG November 21st, 2010 10:04 pm

    Nice to hear a reflection on one of the the main reasons why some of us go into the mountains on skis. To be there. Appropriate that this was today’s “quote of the day” that popped up on my home page when I logged on.

    A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
    – Thomas Mann

  Your Comments

  Recent Posts

Facebook Twitter Email Instagram Youtube


  • Blogroll & Links

  • Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free ski touring news and information here.

    All material on this website is copyrighted, the name WildSnow is trademarked, permission required for reproduction (electronic or otherwise) and display on other websites. PLEASE SEE OUR COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARK INFORMATION.

    We include "affiliate sales" links with most of our blog posts. This means we receive a percentage of a sale if you click over from our site (at no cost to you). None of our affiliate commission links are direct relationships with specific gear companies or shopping carts, instead we remain removed by using a third party who manages all our affiliate sales and relationships. We also sell display "banner" advertising, in this case our relationships are closer to the companies who advertise, but our display advertising income is carefully separated financially and editorially from our blog content, over which we always maintain 100% editorial control -- we make this clear during every advertising deal we work out. Please also notice we do the occasional "sponsored" post, these are under similar financial arrangements as our banner advertising, only the banner or other type of reference to a company are included in the blog post, simply to show they provided financial support to and provide them with advertising in return. Unlike most other "sponsored content" you find on the internet, our sponsored posts are entirely under our editorial control and created by WildSnow specific writers.See our full disclosures here.

    Backcountry skiing is dangerous. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. Due to human error and passing time, the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow owners and contributors of liability for use of said items for ski touring or any other use.

    Switch To Mobile Version