Welcome to Gothic, Colorado—one of the coldest places in the United States. This ghost town has been abandoned since the 1920s, but there is at least one person who still calls it home. For more than 40 years, current resident Billy Barr has lived in a small cabin, recording data about the snowpack to pass the time. In this short film titled ‘The Snow Guardian’, Morgan Heim of Day’s Edge Productions profiles the legendary local who inadvertently provided scientists with a treasure trove of climate change data.

Author Kevin Park

Kevin is the Co-Visionary of We Are Wildness with his partner Alissa Wild. He is also Co-Director of We Are Wildness University and the Nature Based Business Network. He's a certified personal trainer and is passionate about teaching natural fitness, natural nutrition, helping other nature-based businesses and living a more nature-connected lifestyle. He prefers to be outdoors in nature as often as possible trail running, cycling, hiking and camping with his partner and husky dog, gardening, chopping wood, lifting rocks, climbing trees, reading books, slacklining, dancing, foraging for wild food and medicine, and swimming in the rivers of Vancouver Island, BC where he calls home.

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  • i really enjoyed this piece, kevin park. in a time when the world seems out of control with mass production and consumption, i am inspired by the power of simple things. billy barr is a hero. thank-you for sharing it!