Alone in the Wilderness: Four Decades of Snow Science with Billy Barr

Abandoned nearly 100 years ago, Gothic, CO is a ghost town in the empty mountains behind Crested Butte. It’s also one of the coldest places in the US, making it a burly place to live—and, if you’re local Billy Barr, a great place to enjoy impressive snow totals. As a hobby, Barr has been meticulously making observations on the snowpack in Gothic for over 40 years, unintentionally providing modern climate change scientists with an invaluable lode of data.

Filmmaker Morgan Heim’s documentary about Barr recently won the Film4Climate competition; find out more about the event here.


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