Andrew Beckham

Andrew Beckham

Denver, CO

The Covid Walks: a Summer of Retreat and Reckoning

"I have hiked and climbed in the Rocky Mountains for decades. This summer, a time of quarantine and social distancing heightened my awareness of time spent in the highcountry: solitude became an ally against the pandemic, and the wilderness a refuge from an invisible, deadly contagion.

"Familiar places have revealed themselves in new ways, and new places have illuminated with the same sense of wonder and possibility that I first experienced 30 years ago, working as a hiking guide for the YMCA of the Rockies during my college yea